KEYSER - It's been a huge couple days for Keyser senior Shawn See. On Friday, in a signing ceremony at Keyser High School, See committed to play Division 1 football at West Virginia University. The night before, however, See had a big night on the basketball court, helping to lead Keyser to a 73-63 victory over Berkeley Springs on the road in Morgan County.
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - It’s been a huge couple days for Keyser senior Shawn See. On Friday, in a signing ceremony at Keyser High School, See committed to play Division 1 football at West Virginia University. The night before, however, See had a big night on the basketball court, helping to lead Keyser to a 73-63 victory over Berkeley Springs on the road in Morgan County.
See had a huge night in helping lead the Tornado to the win, in fact, See pulled off the rare triple double, scoring 20 points, pulling down 15 rebounds, and blocking 11 shots. To top it all off, See threw down a dunk that had his teammates and coaches up off the bench exploding with enthusiasm.
According to Keyser coach John Haines Jr., “Obviously for him to be a Division 1 athlete he’s worked in the weight room, he’s worked with his footwork, but I’m very happy for him. He knew he could do it and he actually took a few dribbles and went down there and dunked it. The coaches, crowd, and everybody went crazy. It was deserving and great to see him get excited.
“He came out and had a triple double, if there is a stat for most blocked shots in the state, I would say he’s probably leading the state in blocked shots. You don’t see a triple double with blocked shots very often,” Haines explained.
Ryan Shoemaker was also influential in the win, scoring 20 points as well, and going seven for ten from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
“Ryan had 20 points and he’s always clutch from the free throw line. If we can continue to have a scorebook with multiple guys in double digits, it will be a great thing. Our other starters, they contributed with assists and steals like they always do. Anybody can score on any given night and hopefully down the stretch they’ll all start scoring and we’ll win some games,” Haines explained.
Aside from See and Broadwater with 20 points apiece, PJ Kennedy also scored in double figures with 10 points, followed by Darrick Broadwater with nine points, and Amare Kennedy with six points. In addition, Logan Proud scored five points while Darius Redman scored three points for the Tornado.
In the loss, Berkeley Springs was led by Gavin Barkley with a game-high 22 points, Barkley was followed in double figures by Carson Stotler with 15 points, and Trenton Kyne with 14 points. In addition, Ty’mir Ross netted six points, followed by Jordan Miller and Shawn Lord with three points each.
This game played out in stark contrast to the first meeting between the two schools on January 21 in Keyser, a 78-36 rout by the Golden Tornado. This time around, things were much, much, closer.
“We were a little more relaxed, instead of coming out with the fire power offense we had against Frankfort, and that took a little bit out of us. It’s different playing an away game down there. No official will ever cost you a game, but it’s just the different styles in the way they call the games down there, we’re not use to it. So we weren’t really mentally ready as coaches and players. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win,” Haines stated.
Things started out very even, as play in the first quarter ended with the two teams knotted up at 14-14 apiece. Keyser exploded for 25 points in the second quarter, and more importantly, held the Indians to only 10 points, in giving the Golden Tornado a 39-24 lead at the half.
After intermission, Keyser edged the Indians 12-10 in the third quarter to take a 51-34 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the final frame, Berkeley Springs exploded with 29 points, holding Keyser to 22 points, but falling short in the comeback effort by ten points. When the final buzzer sounded, Keyser was victorious by a score of 73-63.
With the victory, Keyser elevates their record to 11-6 on the season, and the Tornado have won five of their last six, and six of their last eight games played. In the loss, Berkeley Springs’ record drops to 9-7 on the season, and the Indians have dropped two of their last three, after winning four straight.
Keyser won the junior varsity game, beating the home standing junior Indians 48-31. Vito Amoruso led Keyser with 13 points, followed by Sammy Bradfield and Seth Earnest with nine points each, followed by Alec Stanislawczyk with eight points. In addition, Jacob Malcolm added five points, Hunter Van Pelt tallied three points, and Kayden Avona one point.
Keyser also was victorious in the freshmen contest 54-12. Keyser was led by Tyler Lannon and Anthony Mele with 15 and 10 points respectively. In addition, Seth Healy tallied eight points, Donovan Washington netted five points, and Ayden Costilow and Chris Furey added four points apiece. Finally, Kaden Urice scored three points, Michael Schell two points, and Edan Parks and Ethan Davis one point each.
Keyser (11-6) will next travel to West Virginia State University for the Little General Shootout on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., against Sissonville.