Shuemaker leads Tigers' offense in states

Isaiah Shuemaker led the Galeton Tigers in the first round of the state playoffs with 21 points. The Tigers would fall to Nativity BVM 61-48.

POTTSVILLE — The Galeton boys basketball team faced Nativity BVM in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Tigers battled for four quarters but were unable to come away with the victory. Through 32 minutes, Nativity BVM put up 61 points while the Tigers scored 48.

Isaiah Shuemaker led Galeton in scoring with 21 points.

Joel Griffen put up nine points for the Tigers as well as six rebounds and three assists.

Evan Brooks finished the night with seven points and led Galeton with 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Noah Shutt finished one shy of Brooks total with six points of his own.

As Galeton’s season came to a close coach Joshua Shuemaker reflected on the success his team enjoyed this season. Shuemaker said, “The high point of the year was having a home district game. It is always great to start on your home court.”

When asked this seasonwas from this season Shuemaker said, “The biggest takeaway for me this year was seeing the boys come together and play as a team and believe in the system.”

The Tigers’ defense was one of the most dominant in the league this season. Despite that, Shuemaker noted that, “One of the most difficult things this year for me was not playing consistent ball every game. We seemed to play down to our competition’s level some nights.”

The Tigers were senior heavy this season with the trio of Brooks, Griffen and Shuemaker leading Galeton to states. Next season though, the Tigers will have returning playmakers Shutt and Ty Stover who will be juniors next season.

As Shuemaker looks toward next season, he said, “Next year, we will have to change our style of play a little but our goals are to make districts and compete every night.”