Shepard crashes glass for Findlay in tournament

Before Findlay Prep headed to Massachusetts to play in the Hoophall Classic, coach Mike Peck implored his players to do a better job of rebounding.

Winston Shepard was listening.

Shepard grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 16 points to carry the Pilots to a 68-59 victory over Dallas Lincoln on Monday at Springfield, Mass.

Findlay went 2-0 in the event and Shepard had 28 rebounds.

“He really took it to the next level for us,” Peck said. “That’s what we need out of him. He showed he can do it, now we’re going to expect it.”

Shepard scored six consecutive points in the third quarter to trigger a 17-0 Findlay spurt. He began with a put-back basket, followed by a transition dunk and then two free throws to put the Pilots ahead 46-37 with 4:11 left in the quarter.

Findlay, ranked No. 7 nationally by ESPN Rise, held 13th-ranked Lincoln to one field goal in the third quarter as the Pilots extended their 35-31 halftime lead to 53-37.

Arizona signee Nick Johnson led Findlay with 19 points. Texas recruit Myck Kabongo added 14 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and five steals, and Nigel Williams-Goss, who has orally committed to UNLV, scored 11.

Findlay (19-2) stormed out of the gate, forcing seven turnovers in the first quarter and taking an 18-8 lead.

“One thing we’ve struggled with this year is our slow starts,” Peck said. “We came out and had a good start, but then we had some lapses.”

Oklahoma State signee LeBryan Nash led Lincoln with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Bishop Gorman, ranked No. 47, also played in the Hoophall event, but the Gaels lost their only game Monday.

Michael Gilchrist, who has signed with Kentucky, had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead second-ranked St. Patrick (N.J.) to a 79-63 victory over Gorman (13-4).

Gilchrist had 14 points to help the Celtics to a 34-26 halftime lead.

Gorman star junior Shabazz Muhammad had only five points at the half, but scored the Gaels’ first 11 points in the third quarter and finished with 28, along with six rebounds.

Ben Carter added 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Rosco Allen scored 13 for Gorman.

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