SHELBYVILLE, IL. — New look Shelbyville opened their season at home against a quick Hillsboro club with a 6-8 standout and despite slipping back by 13 with 2:42 left in the game they lost by just three, making the final shot at the buzzer, 58-55.
Dylan Miller (6-8) had his way in the 1st half. He slam dunked, blocked shots, hit outside jumpers, and even a 3. Hillsboro was up by ten, 30-20.
Shelbyville outscored the Hilltoppers 10-5 in a defensive 3rd. Cwenton Williams scored back-to-back baskets and Tyler Hendryx drove for two in an 8-1 run, and trailed by just five to start the final frame, 35-30.
Hillsboro stretched out to a 10-point lead in the first two minutes of the 4th. Cwenton Williams left Miller in the post and hit a 3 from the key cutting the lead to six, 41-35.
Tyler Hendryx hit another Ram 3 to make it a 5-point game with 3:40 left, 43-38. Hillsboro then had their best stretch of the game, getting out in transition and going on an 8-0 run and building a 13-point lead, 51-38.
In the last 2:42 the two teams put up 24 points, with Shelbyville going on a 17-7 run. Cwenton Williams split a pair at the line and the press got Luke McConnell the ball for a two.
Shelby forced another turnover and Devin Peterson was fouled, making 1-of-2 free throws. Devin Miner then came up with a big foul on the Topper's 6-8 star right at the bucket. He denied the sure two and Miller made only 1-of-2 free throws.
Tyler Hendryx then hit a 3 and was fouled, cutting the lead to seven with 1:42 to play, 52-45. Miller scored, but Cwenton Williams came right back and scored bringing a Ram time-out with 41.5 seconds left, 54-47.
Shelby had to foul or they may have stole this game. They were down eight when Spencer Shadwell made another 3, mkaing it 56-50 with 17.7 seconds left.
An intentional foul led to a 1-of-2 trip by the Toppers, 57-50. Spencer Shadwell then drove end to end for two, making 57-52 with 10 seconds left. They fouled again and Miller made just 1-of-2, 58-52. Shadwell brough the ball down on the inbound play and nailed one more 3 at the buzzer, 58-55.
Hillsboro's Miller led all scorers with 28 points. He scored 12 in the 1st period and 13 in the 4th period. He was held to three points in the 2nd and 3rd.
He was followed by Spencer Shadwell with 17, with eight in the 4th, including two 3s. Noah Calvert had 16 for Hillsboro. Shelby's Cwenton Williams with 13, six in the 4th, and Tyler Hendryx with 12, seven in the 4th.
Shelbyville (0-1) hosts Windsor next Tuesday.
Hillsboro 58, Shelbyville 55
Ram stats: Spencer Shadwell 17 (4-2s, 3-3 pt FGs), Cwenton Williams 13 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Tyler Hendryx 12 (1-2, 3-3 pt FGs, 1/4 FTs), Luke McConnell 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Drennian Martin 3 (FG), Devin Peterson 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Brett peifer 2 (FG). Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 8 (Shadwell 3, Hendryx 3, Martin 1, C. Williams 1). Team FTs 5-of-12.
H'boro stats: Miller 28 (12 FGs, 4/7 FTs), Calvert 16 (8 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Caulk 9 (2 FGs, 5/6 FTs0, Walsh 3 (FG, 1/1 FTs), Tamazzori 2 (FG). Team FGs 24. Team FTs 6-of-15.