GREENCASTLE – Shippensburg served notice that the Greyhounds are one of – if not the – favorites in the Mid-Penn Colonial Division Friday night.

Showcasing a combination of size, speed and athleticism, Shippensburg rolled to a 88-51 boys' basketball victory over Greencastle-Antrim, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Jayden Statum was sensational while the duo of Collin Taylor and Anthony Smith physically owned the paint for the Greyhounds, proving to be a mismatch against the Blue Devils (1-5).

Statum and Taylor both finished with 21 points in the win followed by 16 from Jeremy Thomas and 12 by Smith. Statum scored 17 of his 21 in the first half, possessing a rare trait of smooth aggressiveness on his way to highlight-reel buckets.

Perhaps most impressive, the Greyhounds do not have a senior on the varsity roster. Statum, Thomas and Smith, who is listed at 6-foot-7, are only sophomores, while Taylor, listed at 6-foot-6, is a junior. It's a young core loaded with talent, which was on full display in Greencastle Friday night.

After a burst by the Blue Devils to take a 10-9 lead in the first quarter, Shippensburg settled in, finishing the opening frame on a 13-2 run. The Greyhounds built on the advantage from there, leading by 20 at halftime before pushing the advantage to 30 by the start of the fourth. There, the margin nearly reached 40, with reserves closing out the final four-plus minutes.

"They are really good across the floor," G-A coach Rick Lewis said of Shippensburg. "Statum is a tremendous player and they have two men inside with Taylor and Smith. I was proud of how we battled early and kept playing hard. They're just on a different level than us right now."

Thomas Lewis paced Greencastle with 14 points, draining a trio of 3's in the first half.

The Blue Devils also received quality minutes from Riley Gembe and Jackson Wright, as Gembe netted nine points while Wright finished with seven.

"I know the scoreboard doesn't show it, but I thought some of our guys had their best performances of the season," Rick Lewis said. "For us it's about effort and trying to get better. I was pleased with our effort tonight."

Following a break for Christmas, G-A will participate in the East Pennsboro holiday tournament next Friday and Saturday. The Blue Devils play Cedar Cliff in Friday's first round.

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