SHEPHERDSTOWN — Chad Moore, Shepherd’s all-purpose senior forward, was near perfect in the first half (scoring 18 points and missing only two shots) and Brantley Osborne did the same in the second half (scoring 18 points and missing only two shots) as the Rams tamed Glenville, 87-79, in Saturday’s WVIAC game at the Butcher Center.
Moore finished with 33 points and Osborne, his outside-shooting junior teammate, had another 23 points. Moore was just 14 points shy of the 2,000-point mark in his nearly four years of excellence at Shepherd. He would become only the fifth player in school history to score that many points.
Osborne’s five three-pointers (in only seven shots) moved him near the school record for long-range scores in a single-season and for a career — and he has several more games this year and then all of next season to achieve those two marks.
Giving Moore and Osborne scoring and rebounding help throughout both halves was Morgan McDonald, who had 19 points (7-for-10 from the field) and five rebounds.
When the Rams had a 39-35 lead at halftime, Moore had almost half their points. And when they totaled 48 points in the second half, Osborne had 18 of those and Moore another 15. Moore was 15-of-19 from the field in all. Osborne was 9-for-13 from the floor.
Shepherd had pressed as it usually does. The Rams took a 6-0 lead. And then both teams went on steady scoring paces, Shepherd led by Moore, who already had 12 points in 11 minutes.
The pace was full of controlled movement and quality shooting with Shepherd going 18-for-30 from the field and the Pioneers showing 15-for-30 in the half.
Glenville’s closest move toward Shepherd’s lead came when it trailed, 41-39, with 18:52 to play, but Shepherd quickly got away to leads of seven or eight points as Osborne joined Moore and McDonald in their continuous scoring. When Osborne connected on back-to-back three-pointers, the Rams moved along to a 70-57 lead with 7:08 to play.
With Glenville never quite being completely put away because of Jamel Morris (22 points) and Lamar Mallory (20 points), Shepherd employed at 2-3 halfcourt zone to slow the tempo and waste the clock. The strategy was rewarded with fewer shot-attempts by both sides and Shepherd’s lead still intact.
The sweet-shooting Shepherd trio of Moore, Osborne, and McDonald were a combined 31-for-42 (74 percent) from the floor . . . and Glenville was slain.