John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelbyville basketball (1-1) got their first win under new head coach Stu Hott on Tuesday, surviving Windsor, 56-51.
In the first game of the season, Shelbyville stormed back and lost by just three points. The tables were turned on them against Windsor, but the Rams escaped with the win.
Windsor did not have an answer in the early going for Ram post player Luke McConnell. The Rams led after the 1st with eight of McConnell’s 12 points. Tyler Hendryx had the only other Ram basket, while Devin Miner and Cwenton Williams each split a pair at the line.
Devil leading scorer, sophomore Tristan Warner, scored three times, Mitchell Haddock hit a trey and Alex Allen got to the line making two free throws. Shelby had just a 1-point lead, 12-11.
In the 2nd period, Shelby opened up their can of 3-pointers, making three of their eight treys in the game. Hendryx had a trey, Drennian Martin had his first of four treys, and Spencer Shadwell had his first of three triples. Miner, Martin and McConnell added solo twos.
Windsor got to the line. Haddock made 2-of-4. Nic Hutchinson made both of his free throws, after he hit a 3-pointer. Allen converted a 3-point play, scored again, then made both ends of a 1-and-1. Shelby had a 4-point lead at the break, 29-25.
The Rams got separation in the 3rd with four more 3-pointers, opening up a 12-point lead, 45-33. Martin and Shadwell were the arc angels, both making two more from the arc in the period. Shadwell also made a deuce and McConnell capped his scoring with a two.
Windsor couldn’t keep up with the torrid Shelby shooting. Allen and Warner had the Devils’ only two buckets in the 3rd. Hayden Cole made 2-of-4 free throws and Warner 2-of-2, but trailed by a dozen heading into crunch time, 45-33
However, desperation fueled a Windsor 18-point quarter in the 4th. Warner scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the final 8:00. Warner made 6-of-8 points to open the 4th. Shadwell stopped and popped for the other two points, 47-39 Shelby.
Cwenton Williams scored, then Cole hit a jumper. Defense reigned for almost 2 minutes, then Martin knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 3:45 left, 52-41.
Warner answered driving for two. After a Ram time-out, Cwenton Williams banked in a two from the block. Spencer Blackburn countered for the Devils with 2:45 left, 54-45.
After a Devil time-out at 1:47 remaining Warner missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Cwenton Williams made a put-back two, 56-45. After a Devil miss, Allen stole the ball and took it to the bucket and got the foul. He didn’t convert the 3-point play with 53 seconds left, 56-47.
Windsor had fouls to give and finally got Shelby at the line and they missed. Cole grabbed the board and got it to Warner. He made two foul shots with 23.6 second left, 56-49.
A host of subs flooded the floor. Shelby turned the ball over and Warner scored again, 56-51. Shelby turned the ball over again with 5.8 seconds left. Windsor had a 3 from the corner with 2 seconds left to make it a 56-54 final, but the ball caromed off the rim.
Luke McConnell came up big for Shelby with 12 points, 16 boards and two blocks. Martin led Shelby with 14 points on the strength of his quartet of treys, followed by Shadwell with 13 points, fueled by a trey hat trick.
Warner led all scorers with 22 points, making nine field goals and 4-of-5 free throws. Warner had 23 points in his first game for a 22.5 ppg average.
Shelbyville 56, Windsor 51
Ram stats: Martin 14 (1-2, 4-3 pt FGs), 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Shadwell 13 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; McConnell 12 (6 FGs), 16 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks; Hendryx 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals; C. Williams 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Miner 3 (FG, 1/3 FTs), 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Tice Robinson 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Zach Williams 1 rebound, 1 steal; Sheldon Meyer 2 rebounds; Jordan Smith 1 assist. Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 8 (Martin 4, Shadwell 3, Hendryx). Team FTs 4-of-9. Rebounds 42. Assists 5. Steals 12. Turnovers 13
Devil stats: Warner 22 (9 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Allen 13 (4 FGs, 5/6 FTs), Hutchinson 5 (1-3 pt FG, 2/2 FTs), Haddock 5 (1-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Cole 4 (FG, 2/4 FTs), Blackburn 2 (FG), Rylan Ard (0/1 FTs). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 2 (Haddock, Hutchinson). Team FTs 15-of-22.