Shelbyville Rams and the Central A&M Raiders are county and Okaw Valley Conference rivals that have about the same level of talent yearin, year-out. Still, the Raiders have a way of tipping the scales in their favor. Tuesday night was another example, as the Raiders won, 52-44.
The Rams were without their #1 3-point threat, Nate Standerfer. Then Shelby's 6'8" center Brody Bence got into early foul trouble after scoring once for a 2-0 lead. Shelby's scoring options were compromised greatly.
Darin Breed was their best option, but he couldn't hardly buy a basket, as all of his shots except one rolled the rim or around the rim and out in the 1st quarter. Jake Keown did come through with an early bucket on the inside and, after Ross Workrman put A&M up 5-4, Keown followed with a trey to put the Rams up 7-5 with 3:15 left in the 1st.
Todd Tague tied the score, then Breeden got his one early basket on a put-back to put the Rams up 9-7 with 2:40 left. Alex Snyder scored inside and the game was tied at the end of the 1st, 9-9.
Tucker Schwengel stepped into the scoring gap for the Rams to start the 2nd. He stepped in front of Workman on an entry pass for the steal. At the Ram end Schwengel drove from the free throw line, scored, and got the foul. He made the free throw and the Rams had their biggest lead of the game, 12-9.
The lead held up for just two minutes.A&M blocked a shot inside and then scored on a lay-up, 12-11. A&M's Jordan Miller then stole the ball and was fouled on the break. Miller made both foul shots and the Raiders were up, 13-12, with 5:00 in the half. They held the lead almost 4:00.
Miller drove again a minute later and scored, 15-14. Schwengel got inside and scored make it a 1-point game again, 15-14, but Reece Ade then made a long two, 17-15. Back-up point guard Spencer Shadwell grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, but Workman made a jumper, 19-16.
Breeden drew a foul and made both ends of a 1-and-1. Two possessions later, Breeden made a fade away shot in the lane and reclaimed the lead, 20-19. A&M responded immediately when Spencer Garner was fouled and made both ends of a 1-and-1, 21-20. Miller stopped and popped for two and the Raiders were up 23-20 at the break.
A&M opened the 3rd scoring inside and upped their lead to five points. Brody Bence was finally back on the floor. He defended Workman on the inside, then grabbed a rebound. Breeden then dished inside to Bence for two, 25-22.
The Rams turned the ball unnecessarily once again and Curtis Ramsey was fouled in the act of shooting. He made both foul shots, but Breeden drove and scored to keep the Rams within three, 27-24.
Bence b ocked a shot, but was called for another foul. Garner made 1-of-2. Neil Yockey tried a Ram trey, but was fouled. He got three shots and made the last two, 28-26. Breeden's defense then came through.
Breeden stole a ball and finished the play with a bucket for the tie, 28-28. Breeden then immediately stole the inbound play. He was trapped and called time-out. The combatants traded missed 3s, but A&M got the reset and Miller drove for the lead, 30-28.
The Rams turned the ball over again, but Bence blocked another shot and Schwengel grabbed the board. Yockey drove and was fouled making 1-of-2, for a 1-point game again, 30-29.
A&M's balanced scoring options came through again, as Andrew Bray came off the bench for a 3-pointer, 33-29. Miller then stole the ball and took it in for two and A&M's biggest lead to that point, 35-27. Shelby played good "D" for a minute at the A&M end and got the ball back on a miss, but then turned the ball over on their end. Ramsey scored in tranisiotn for an 8-point A&M lead with 1:30 left in the 3rd, 37-29.
The Rams were in a hole, but they brought in JV 3-point shootist Drennian Martn and he did his thing, cashing in a triple from the corner, 37-32. Bence blocked a shot and then Rams brought it with 16 seconds left. On an inbound play under the basket, Martin lobbed it over the defense to bence and he dropped it in, cutting the deficit to just three at the end of the 3rd, 37-34.
Bence stifled an A&M scorng attempt and, once again, Schwengel got the board. But they couldn't convert it into points. After more than a minute of the 4th Workman scored inside, 39-34. MIller's defense came through again as he poked the ball away and garner scored at the other end, 41-34.
Breeden was fouled and made both free throws. Bence grabbed a defensive board and Shadwell made a short jumper in the lane at the Ram end, 41-38. Bray stopped and popped for a 5-point lead with 4:25 to play, 43-38.
Shadwell drove from the wing and lifted a floter off the glass, but Snyder scored in transition and A&M calle time-out with another 5-point lead, 45-40. A&M came out with the full-court press.
They trapped and Miller stole the ball. Two Ram possessions later, after a frenzied up and down stretch, Keown was fouled and made both ends of a 1-and-1, 45-42. However, over the last 3:23, Shelby would only score one more time.
Schwengel made two defensive pays on the next A&M possession, but the Rams couldn't convert. Ramsey drove for A&M, scored, got the foul and made the 3-point play for a 6-point lead with 2:41 to play, 48-42.
Shelby had to foul and A&M finally got to the line with the bonus and Workman made both ends, 50-42. Schwengel grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back for the final Ram score with 49 seconds left, 50-44.
A&M then missed the front ends of two 1-and-1s and the Rams missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Shelby had the ball with 34 second down six, but A&M stripped the ball and Miller was fouled in transition. He made both foul shots to cap the scoring with 18 seconds left, 52-44.
Breeden and Workman led the scoring for their respective teams with 12 points each. Miller, fueled by his defense, followed with 10 A&M points.
A&M scored three more times from the floor than Shelby for a 5-point edge. A&M also shot 13-of-16 at the line (81%), while the Rams made just 10-of-17 (59%) for another 3-point edge for the Raiders.
Central A&M 52, Shelbyville 44
Ram stats: Breeden 12 (4 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Schwengel 7 (3 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Keown 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Shadwell 6 (3 FGs), Bence 6 (3 FGs), Yockey 3 (3/6 FTs), Martin 3 (FG). Team FGs 16. 3-pointers: 2 (Martin, Keown). Team FTs 10-of-17.
A&M stats: Workman 12 (5 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Miller 10 (3 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Ramsey 7 (2 FGs, 3/3 FTs), Snyder 7 (3 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Bray 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Tague 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Garner 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Ade 2 (FG). Team FGs 19. 3-pointers: 1 (Bray). Team FTs 13-of-16.
A&M JV won the prelim. They opened with a 6-point advantage, increased to 13, then held on to win by that same initial 6-point margin, 48-42.
Central A&M 48, Shelbyville 42
Ram stats: Drennian Martin 14 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Luke McConnell 14 (5 FGs, 4/6 FTs), Tyler Hendryx 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Brett Peifer 2 (FG), Travis Lee 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Luke Furr 2 (FG), Josh Foster 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 16. 3-pointers: 3 (Martin 2, Hendryx 1). Team FTs 7-of-12.
A&M stats: Ade 14 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Long 12 (6 FGs), Bray 9 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 1/1 FTs), Richardson 6 (3 FGs), Dooley 3 (FG), Butts 2 (FG), Chepan 2 (FG). Team FGs 21. 3-pointers: 4 (Bray 2, Dooley, Ade 1). Team FTs 2-of-3.