John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelbyville 8th grade took care of business in the Sullivan Regional semifinal on Thursday doubling up Arthur, 47-24.
Shelbyville got started quickly with Cade Watson joining leading scorer Turner Pullen scoring twice from the floor, each. Payton Howell also had a solo downpayment from the arc.
Arthur’s leading scorer Vanasdoll had a deuce and a trey and put a target on his back. He only score two more times in the game. Shelby said farewell to the 1st with an 11-6 lead.
The 2nd was a draw as both teams scored eight points. Pullen scored in the 2nd, while Brett Spears and Daythan Summers came off the bench to drain 3-pointers. Vanansdoll scored two more times and Hall hit from the arc, but Shelby was still up by five, 19-14.
Shelby guzzled gun powder in the locker room and came out exploding in the 3rd period. Watson made 3-out-of-4 shots from the field and Pullen got to the line making two free throws. He then scored three more times. Mason Cameron also scored a deuce.
Arthur was held to just two field goals in 6:00. Vanansdoll was held scoreless, as the Rams had a 17-4 run and an 18-point lead heading into the final frame, 36-18.
Vanansdoll was held scoreless again and the Arthur’s compliment of players couldn’t muster any comeback. They had a pair of free throws and two solo buckets.
Shelby had eight different players take shots and four of them scored. Tylr Gottfriedt led the final 11-6 run with two baskets. Howell struck again from distance, Pullen scored once and Watson added a two for good measure.
Pullen finished with a game-high 14 points, followed by Watson with 12. Both scored six times from the floor, while Pullen added two foul shots. Pullen scored 10 of his 14 and Watson 8 of his 12 in the 2nd half. Vanansdoll led Arthur with nine points.
Shelby shot 42% from in close and an impressive 44% from the arc. Neither team shot well from the foul line. Shelby garnered 26 rebounds.
Shelbyville is to play Teutopolis on Monday for the Sullivan Regional championship.
Sullivan Regional semi
Ram stats: Pullen 14 (6 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Watson 12 (6 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Howell 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Spears 4 (1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Gottfriedt 4 (2 FGs), Summers 3 (FG), Cameron 2 (FG), Koonce 2 (FG, 0/4 FTs). Team FGs 20. 3-Pointers: 4 (Howell 2, Spears, Summers). Team FTs 3-of-11.
Art stats: Vanansdoll 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Coller 5 (FG, 3/6 FTs), Cohan 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Hall 3 (FG), Day 2 (FG, 0/3 FTs), Team FGs 9 (2-3s). Team FTs 4-of-12.