SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
The 3rd was a blow-for-blow period. Pullen scored twice Daythan Summers scored, Gottfriedt scored and Mason Cameron made 1-of-3 foul shots. Maroa had a pair of twos and a trey, but fell behind Shelby, 19-17. Kuhn had a two and a three.
It was a fateful 4th period and Shelby won it at the line. Kuhn had a pair of threes and a two. Maroa teammates only added one more bucket. Shelby iced the game, making 6-of-13 at the line.
Howell finally got on the board with a deuce and a trey. He then made 3-of-4 at the line for a team-high eight points, all in the 4th. Mason Cameron came up big, getting to the line three time sand making 4-of-6 shots. Pullen added a deuce in the 14-10 run, stretching the Ram margin of victory to six points.
Maroa outscored Shelby from the floor 27 to 19,an 8-point advantage. The Rams shot 26 free throws and made 14, while Maroa was 0-of-4 at the stripe, a 14-point advantage and the margin of victory.
Shelbyville 33, Maroa 27
Ram stats: Pullen 8 (4 FGs), Howell 8 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/5 FTs), Cameron 5 (5/9 FTs), Gottfiredt 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Watson 3 (3/6 FTs), Summers 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Spears 2 (FG), Koonce 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 9 (1-3). Team FTs 14-of-16.
Maroa stats: Kuhn 19 (5-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Hawbacker 4 (2 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Woodrow 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Mahmood 2 (FG). Team FGs 12 (2-3s). Team FTs 0-for-4.