John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Last year, the Shelbyville Moulton Ram 8th grade lost both their games against Central A&M. They circled Thursday’s date when they would host A&M and exacted revenge winning by 24 points, 47-23.
As 7th graders, A&M playing at home bullied the Rams in their first meeting a year ago. In the 2nd meeting, the Rams just didn’t play well and fell again. On Thursday, it was the Rams that were quicker and more aggressive. Central A&M was coming off a disappointing loss to Sullivan and the funk continued.
A&M couldn’t buy a basket early and never got on track from outside. Their big man Beau Branyon, nimble-footed and a better shot than Shaq, carried them inside, but still missed more shots than normal. Branyon was held to just 10 points. Riley Black was injured for a while and Tate Paradee was injured and left the game. That didn’t help when A&M was trying to get back on track.
Shelbyville didn’t really heat up the nets from outside either, except for two 3-pointers from Payton Howell. After missing some point blank lay-ups early, the Rams settled down and the rout was on.
Turner Pullen scored a game-high 22 points, making good decisions and using quick feet to out-nimble Branyon and get to the rim for 10 buckets. Tylr Gottfriedt was a little erratic on offense, but in the 2nd period he helped fuel a 20-8 run getting frequent flyer miles to the charity stripe. Gottfriedt cashed in, making 7-of-8 free throws and finishing with 11 points.
Shelbyville earned seven trips to the foul line, making 11-of-14 (78.5%), while A&M got there just four times, all Branyon, and he was 4-of-8 (50%).
It was 11-3 Shelby after the 1st. Howell teed up his sceond bomb from downtown for an 18-7 lead in the 2nd. Pullen scored inside again, in what was an 9-0 run. Gottfriedt spent time at the line in the 2nd and helped put Shelby up 20, 31-11 at the break.
Pullen scored on a 6-2 run in the 3rd, 37-13. Jameson Smith splashed the only A&M 3 of the game with 3:00 left in the 3rd. Gottfriedt ended a 2:15 scoreless spell with a steal and a bucket, 39-16.
Branyon opened the 4th splitting a pair again at the line. Pullen went back to work and made the next two baskets for a 25-point lead, 43-18.
Shelby subs came in. Branyon got to the line, making 1-of-2 and A&M subs came in with 3:40 left. Daythan Summers stole the ball for Shelby and took it in for the basket, capping the scoring with 3:15 remaining, 47-23.
Shelbyville 47, Central A&M 23
Shelby stats: Pullen 22 (10 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Gottfriedt 11 (2 FGs, 7/8 FTs), Howell 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Cade Watson 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Daythan Summers 2 (FG), Mason Cameron 1 91/2 FTs). Team FGs 17 (2-3s). Team FTs 11-of-14.
A&M stats: Branyon 10 (3 FGs, 4/8 FTs), Black 8 (4 FGs), Jameson Smith 3 (FG), Colton Hubner 2 (FG). Team FGs 8 (1-3). Team FTs 4-of-8.