JERSEY SHORE - After letting one get away from them in the first meeting with Shikellamy, the Jersey Shore Bulldogs figured it was time to get one back.
After seeing a close first period that featured three ties and a trio of lead changes, the Bulldogs pulled away from the Braves in the middle two periods en route to a 69-61 win on Wednesday night.
In the first meeting, the Bulldogs had a double-digit lead for much of the second half, but couldn't hold it in a frustrating 57-54 loss.
Last night was a different story, however, as Shore (10-12) held off the Braves.
"They made a run at us and that is what happened down there," said Shore coach Butch Barnhart. "We had them down by 16 in that game and they were able to come back on us. They have some really good shooters and we switched our defenses around trying to keep them off balance and for the most part, I think it worked."
After the close first quarter, Shore held a 22-21 lead two minutes into the second. During the next three minutes, the Bulldogs manufactured a 10-0 run to open the game up (32-21) before taking a 37-29 lead to halftime.
"I think the guys coming off the bench came up big for us tonight," said Barnhart. "That is something that I have always been talking to the players about. We need that bench support for the starters because every game we play is a tough game."
Shore lengthened its lead to 43-29 in the first two minutes of the third quarter and eventually built their lead to 16 with one minute left in the third quarter.
Shik put together a 9-2 run to open the final quarter to cut their deficit to single digits and eventually cut the Shore lead down to a half dozen (62-56) with slightly less than two minutes left.
The Bulldogs converted four foul shots to push the lead back to 10 before settling for the 8-point win at the final buzzer.
Cody Confair led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Tyler Fulkrod added 15 points and Frankie Stetts and Zach Miller 11 each.
" I think our effort was spread out over the whole team," said Barnhart. "That has been our whole season. We have certain guys step up in certain games and others in other games. It is not just a one- or two-guy team."
Zach Herbster led the Braves in scoring with 15 points.
Austin Mowery 3 2-2 10, Ernie Tyler 3 4-6 13, C. J. Tyler 3 2-2 9, Zach Herbster 6 3-5 15, Kyle Leitzel 1 0-0 3, Derek Amerman 2 0-0 5, Ryan Kenney 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 11-15 61.
Jersey Shore (69)
Eric Huling 1 0-0 2, Tyler Fulkrod 5 3-4 15, Steven Baier 0 2-4 2, Clay Newton 1 1-3 3, Frankie Stetts 5 1-2 11, Jordan Bartges 0 2-4 2, Cody Confair 6 2-4 17, Zach Miller 4 3-4 11, Ryan Eck 0 3-4 3, Jeff Dincher 0 3-4 3. Totals 22 20-33 69.
Shikellamy 18 11 14 18 61
Jersey Shore 18 19 20 12 69
3-Point Goals: Shikellamy 8 (Austin Mowery 2, Ernie Tyler 3, C. J. Tyler 1, Kyle Leitzel 1, Derek Amerman 1). Jersey Shore 5 (Tyler Fulkrod 2, Cody Confair 3).