Sham­rocks face No. 1, No. 3 teams

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL SPORTS - BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Two chal­lenges await the Scran­ton Sham­rocks as they con­tinue their road trip this week­end.

Tonight, the Sham­rocks will play at topranked Syra­cuse (7-0) at 7:05 p.m. The two teams played ear­lier this sea­son with the Stal­lions post­ing a 139-135 win.

Then, Sun­day, the Sham­rocks will play lo­cal ri­val and the No. 3 team in the coun­try, Wy­oming Val­ley, at 7 p.m. at the Wy­oming Val­ley Catholic Youth Cen­ter.

“This will give us a good look at who we can com­pete with in the coun­try,” Sham­rocks gen­eral man­ager and coach Kevin Clark said. “Play­ing the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the coun­try on back-to-back nights will be a good op­por­tu­nity to look at our team and where are and where we have to go.”

Ja­mail Stan­ley leads the Stal­lions with 27.1 points and 13.1 re­bounds per game. Chris Gilkes av­er­ages 20.7 points per game and Cor­nelius Vines is av­er­ag­ing 15 points per game.

Against the Sham­rocks in the first meet­ing, Stan­ley scored 39 points and 25 re­bounds, while Gilkes added 36 points.

“On the road against the No. 1 team in the coun­try is quite a daunt­ing task,” Clark said. “Syra­cuse al­ways has a big crowd so it’s a great at­mos­phere. We need to cut down on our mis­takes and we have to play poised and con­trolled.

“We hung in there with them the last time, so we know we can play with them.”

The Sham­rocks, who lost their last game against Bing­ham­ton, 132-107, have fallen to 2-2 over­all.

Ter­rance King has scored 27.0 points and 9.8 re­bounds per game, Stephon Draper is scor­ing 23.0 points with 4.8 as­sists per game and Bran­don An­gradi has av­er­aged 22.3 points per game. Kody Ja­coby is lead­ing the team with 5.2 as­sists per game.

Last week, the Sham­rocks fell to Bing­ham­ton de­spite 29 points from King and 27 points from Ja­coby.

Wy­oming Val­ley, which is coached by for­mer Wilkes Univer­sity coach Jerry Rick­rode, is ranked No. 3 na­tion­ally and is 6-0.

Peter Alexis, the for­mer Holy Redeemer stand­out, Chris Shovlin and Ayubb Ali all av­er­age bet­ter than 20 points per game for the Clutch.

In their last win, the Clutch throt­tled Elmira, 153-90, be­hind 22 points and nine as­sists from Shovlin. Ali chipped in with 20 points, and Alexis had 18 points and 16 re­bounds.

“We are def­i­nitely ex­cited about play­ing Wy­oming Val­ley,” Clark said. “We know we can play them. We know their roster and they are guys who have been around the area and guys we play with in the sum­mer.

“It’s go­ing to be a dog­fight. If we can play how we are ca­pa­ble of, we will be in a good po­si­tion.”

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