SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Shelby used an 18-1 second period run to completely dismantle Raymond Lincolnwood in the first round of the Nokomis 8th grdade tournament on Tuesday. The Rams never let Raymond get their wheels back on and Shelby blew them out, 33-7.
The 1st quarter was all defense and frantic nerves. The frenetic nature of the 1st fed into the Rams press, limiting Raymond shots. Shelby put up a lot of shots, but only made 1 of 11 shots.
Payton Howell hit a transition two to give Shelby a lead over halfway thtrough the 1st quarter. Raymond came right back to hit a pull up jumper to tie. Raymond scored on an inbound play under their own basket at the buzzer to go up 4-2 at the end of one.
The Ram presss fueled their run in the 2nd period. Turner Pullen got to the line and sank both shots to tie the score less than a minute into the period, 4-4. On the next possession Cade Watson was fouled and he split a pair for the lead, 5-4. The Rams never trailed again.
Shelby trapped on the press and got the ball right back. Tylr Gottfriedt drove, then hit a step back jumper, 7-4. Pullen stole the ball two possessions later and sparked a fast break. He got the ball to Howell, who scored on the break, 9-4.
Cade Watson was fouled again and buried both shots, 11-4. Raymond finally got to the line and made 1-of-2 shots to trail 11-5 halfway through the 2nd. The Rams were boxing out on the Raymond big and he got called for over the back on rebounds.
Howell went to the line for a 1 and 1 with 2:13 left in the half. Howell made both shots. Two possessions later the Rams got four shots at the basket and Gottfriedt made a put back and was fouled. He completed the 3-point play nand put Shelby up, 16-5.