Lang: Long-range shooter spot-on versus Wilson
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Without the means to contain Shepherd guard Thomas Lang, without the players to hold Shepherd in check and without any scholarship money at all, Wilson (Chambersburg) was at the mercy of Shepherd last Sunday at the Butcher Center. And the Rams were merciful to the Division III school, flooding the court with all manner of reserves in an interesting 101-50 win over the Phoenix.
Shepherd individual and team records were set.
Lang scored 32 of his game-high 35 points in the first half as his long-range strafing propelled the Rams to a substantial 58-20 lead by halftime. It’s not often a single player can outscore an opponent by 12 points in a half of college basketball.
Lang played very little in the second half, yet still showed a stat sheet that included 11 three-point field goals, 10 coming in the opening half. Of the 14 three-point field goal attempts Lang had, he connected on 11 of them.
With Jon Preston and Jarrell Jones adding their on-target outside shooting, Shepherd surpassed its previous school record of 21 three-pointers with the 24 it collected against Wilson, now 2-9 overall.
Shepherd, now claiming a 5-4 overall record, was able to score 101 points while attempting only only one foul shot, which was made.
Lang’s constant shredding of the nets became almost surreal. His 10th long-range “three” came on a pull-up 32-footer that had no chance of missing.
To Wilson’s credit, the Phoenix played with a team-wide energy, had the morale of an unbeaten team and never wavered in its hustle and cohesiveness.
Shepherd needed only 42 second-half points to break the 100-point mark.
But that crowd-pleasing figure was not guaranteed after a group of six reserves played about nine straight minutes. The Shepherd side of the once-galloping scoreboard didn’t move for long stretches of time.
However, Noah Wimbish and Zane Cogan supplied the points to help the Rams get over the century mark for the first time this season.
From no-scholarship Wilson, Shepherd must train its sights and concentrate its thoughts on possibly the best team on its schedule — unbeaten PSAC opponent, Indiana.
The Crimson Hawks come to the Butcher Center tonight and sported a 7-0 record in games played thru this past Sunday.
Wilson’s Phoenix were not going to rise from the ashes of their own cold-shooting and very limited rebounding, but Indiana is definitely a bird of a different color — scholarships and all.