Shelbyville Ram basketball (3-3, 2-1 OVC) locked down their defense on Friday night and held Maroa to less than 30 points in the conference win, 44-26.
The Rams were unable to run their recent recipe for a win, scoring through their big men. The Rams got just 12 of their points from the post players. The Rams stayed true to their limits of 3-pointer, taking just 16 shots from the arc. The Rams also shot just 32% from the field and 48% from the free throw line.
How did Shelbyville win? Defense.
The Bombers, true to their name made almost have of their buckets from long distance. However, they only had 11 buckets, total. They also got to the line for just two free throws.
Even then the game was still in the balance at the break.
Shelbyville started with a 10-5 run in the 1st, getting scores from five different players. Postmen Luke McConnell and Cwenton Williams had a basket, each and Tyler Hendryx scored. Devin Peterson got to the line and made 1-of-2, while Spencer Shadwell sank a 3-pointer. Maroa had a solo deuce and a solo trey.
But in the 2nd period, the Rams were caught by a 14-7 Maroa run and fell behind. Shadwell hit his second trey and Williams stepped out for a trey. But that was it, besides Bart Kennell making 1-of-2 foul shots.
Meanwhile Maroa, got seven points from Ratts on two twos and a trey. Bryan hit a trey and Murphy and Ritter had solo twos, passing the Rams for a 2 points lead at the half, 19-17.
Shelby brought their hand cuffs out of the locker room and clamped down on Maroa, holding the Bombers to just nine points over the last 16:00 of play.
Shelbyville answered the Maroa 2nd period run with one of their own 14-3 run to start the 2nd half. Drennian Martin sparked the blitz with consecutive 3-pointers, then making a two for 8 of his 10 points. Shadwell added a deuce, as did McConnell and Williams. Maroa only managed a solo trey.
The Ram eradicated the Maroa lead and were up by nine to open the 4th, 31-22. They finished off the Bombers with a 13-6 run.Maroa had a solo two and a solo three and 1-of-2 at the line down the stretch.
The only bucket for the Rams in the 4th was a two from Shadwell. But, the Rams shot a ton of free throws, with disappointing results. They made just 11-of-20. Had they made a good percentage of their 27 free throws, the game would have been a complete blowout.
Shadwell made 5-of-10 foul shots in the 4th. Martin made 2-of-2, Tice Robinson 1-of-2, Zach Williams 1-of-2, Hendryx was 0-for-2, and Peterson 2-of-2.
The Rams did grab 30 rebounds and had just eight turnovers, while dishing six assists and picking five steals. They didn’t put Maroa on the line, because they committed just 11 fouls and the most fouls by a player was just two.
Shelbyville (3-2, 2-1 OVC) heads to the Vandalia Holiday Tournament the day after Christmas and opens with their 2-game day, playing Vandalia at 11:00 a.m. and St. Anthony at 3:30 p.m.
Shelbyville 44, Maroa 28
Ram stats: Shadwell 15 (2-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/11 FTs), Martin 10 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), C. Williams 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, McConnell 4 (2 FGs), Peterson 3 (3/4 FTs), Hendryx 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Z. Williams 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 13. 3-Pointers: 5 (Martin 2, Shadwell 2, C. Williams). Team FTs 13-of-27. Rebounds 30. Turnovers 8. Assists 6. Steals 5.
Maroa stats: Ratts 8 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Ritter 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Gilbert 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Ahrens 3 (FG), Bryan 3 (FG), Zilz 2 (FG), Murphy 2 (FG). Team FGs 11. 3-Pointers: 5 (Gilbert, Ahrens, Ritter, Ratts, Bryan). Team FTs 1-of-2.
Shelbyville 40, Maroa 20
Ram stats: Tristan Wade 13 (5 FGs, 3/5 FTs), Bart Kennell 10 (5 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Sheldon Meyer 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Devin Miner 4 (1-3 pt FGs, 1/4 FTs), Hunter Plummer 2 (FG), David Roedl 2 (FG), Keaton Plummer 2 (FG). Team FGs 16. 3-pointers: 2 (Meyer, Miner). Team FTs 6-of-14.