JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The Shelbyville Moulton Ram 8th grade boys basketball team plays the championship game at the Nokomis 8th grade tournament against Nokomis at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, November 8.
The Shelbyville Moulton Ram 8th grade boys basketball team followed up their win over Raymond on Tuesday night with a win on Thursday over Hillsboro, 43-29.
The Rams had more trouble with turnovers on Thursday and were down by two points at the half, 24-22. However, in the 2nd half, the Ram press paid dividends.
The Rams scored most of their points in the 2nd half off turnovers and out-scored Hillsboro, 21-5, for the 14-point win.
The Rams shot better than they did on Tuesday. Payton Howell scored 14 points, including a 3-pointer and 4-of-6 at the line.
Cade Watson scored 10 points and had a team-high seven boards. Turner Pullen just missed double figures with eight points.
Daythan Summers scored five points off the bench, also with a 3. The Rams got to the line and shot 14-of-26.
Nokomis 8th Semifinal
Shelbyville 43, Hillsboro 29
Ram stats: Payton Howell 14 (2-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 4/6 FTs). 2 rebounds; Cade Watson 10 (4 FGs, 2/5 FTs), 7 rebounds; Turner Pullen 8 (2 FGs, 4/9 FTs), 2 rebounds; Daythan Summers 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), 2 rebounds; Tylr Gottfriedt 3 (3/4 FTs), 5 rebounds; Mason Cameron 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), 5 rebounds. Team FGs 13 (3-3s). Team FTs 14-of-26.