JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The Shelbyville Moulton Ram 8th grade basketball team ran their record to 5-0 to start the season after a 20-point blowout at Arcola on Thrsday night, winning, 47-27.
Shelbyville doubled-up Arcola in the first 6:00, 12-6, and continued that trend into the half, leading 19-10. Arcola played the Rams even in the 3rd, but the Rams had one more run in them down the stretch, a 14-5 run to say good-night to the Knights.
Payton Howell and Daythan Summers knocked down solo treys in the first period. Tylr Gottfriedt scored twice and Turner Pullen got to the line and made both free throws. Arcola had three buckets, but was down by six.
Howell and Braden Young had solo twos in the 2nd and Peyton Koonce converted a 3-point play. Arcola got just two buckets and fell behind by nine at the break, 19-10.
Arcola hung on in the 3rd because of free throws. Strader converting two 3-point plays. Helmuth made both ends of a 1 and 1. Budd scored twice for 12 points.
Shelby topped that and increased their lead to 11, also with 3-point plays. Mason Cameron had a 3-point play. Payton Howell had a 3-point play, then a deuce. Pullen split a pair at the line, then converted his own 3-point play for the 33-22 lead.
Arcola got just two buckets in the 4th and 1-of-2 from the line. Shelby got four buckets and four foul shots. Pullen had a pair of twos. Gottfriedt made both ends of a 1 and 1, then a deuce. Howell scored again and Cameron converted a 1 and 1.
The Rams had three players in double figures, Arcola just one. Payton Howell led Shelby with 12 points, including a trey. Pullen and Gottfriedt both had ten points. Pullen was 4-of-6 at the line and Gottfriedt 2-of-5.
Four Rams had three rebounds, each: Cameron, Howell, Gottfriedt and Young. Shelby had 18 rebounds total. Shelby was also 11-of-18 at the line (61%).
Shelbyville 7th and 8th (5-0) host Clinton on Saturday morning, beginning with the 7th grade game at 10:30 a.m. They will then travel to Sullivan on Monday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.
Shelbyville 47, Arcola 27
Ram stats: Howell 12 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/1 FTs), 3 rebounds; Pullen 10 (3 FGs, 4/6 FTs), 2 rebounds; Gottfriedt 10 (4 FGs, 2/5 FTs), 3 rebounds; Cameron 5 (FG, 3/3 FTs), 3 rebounds; Summers 3 (FG), 1 rebound; Koonce 3 (FG, 1/1 FTs); Young 2 (FG), 3 rebounds; Cade Watson 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs). Team FGs 17 (2-3s). Team FTs 11-of-18.
Arcola stats: Strader 12 (5 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Budd 8 (4 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Nation 4 (2 FGs), Helmuth 3 (3/4 FTs). Team FGs 11. Team FTs 5-of-8.