The Shelbyville Moulton 8th grade basketball team (#1-seed) defeated Tuscola East Prairie on Thursday and were crowned the Sullivan 8-3A Regional Champions, 34-23.
Coach Roger Jones reported that it was the first time in 26 years, that the Moulton 8th grade basketball boys have won a regional championship.
The Rams opened the championship game against #2 seed Tuscola in a tit-for- tat low-scoring head-butt, 5-5. Shelby had two buckets , a two from Brody Boehm and a 3-pointer from Logan Stiner. Josiah Hortin had a deuce and two free throws for Tuscola. Jordan Quinn made 1-of-2 foul shots.
The Ram defense increased their pressure in the 2nd and went on a 6-0 run. Tucker Foil, Mason Jones and Brody Boehm all had solo buckets. Tuscola had four free throws, but missed them all. Shelby took a just 6-point lead at the half, 11-5.
The 3rd quarter was more offensive and Tuscola was a bucket better, 11-9. Jackson Barrett had a deuce and a trey. Austin Cummings hit a 3. Hortin had a deuce and 1-of-2 free throws.
Brody Boehm led the Rams with a deuce, a trey and a deuce. Stiner added a bucket. Shelby was just up by four points, 20-16.
In crunch time, the Rams pulled away for the title, doubling up Tuscola, 14-7. The Rams made 3 buckets and Tuscola 2. Tuscola made 2-of-3 free throws and the Rams made 8 of 14.
Stiner, Brady Boehm and Brody Boehm had solo twos for Shelby. Stiner made 5 of 8 foul shots. Brody Boehm made 2-of-5. Foil made 1-of-2. They shot just 46% from the line, making 8-of-15 (53%).
Tuscola lost despite a trey and a deuce from Hortin and 2-of-3 free throws from Cummings, who was fouled on a 3 attempt.
The Rams had two players in double figures. Brody Boehm led with 15 points on 6 buckets with one trey and made 2-of-5 at the line. Stiner scored 12 points on 3 buckets, one trey. He made 5-of-8 foul shots.
Tuscola had one player in double figures, Hortin. He scored 12 points on 4 baskets with one trey. He made 3-of-6 free throws.
Shelbyville 34, Tuscola 23
Ram stats: Bro Boehm 15 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/5 FTs), Stiner 12 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 5/8 FTs), Jones 2 (FG), Bra Boehm 2 (FG). Team FGs 12. 3-Pointers: 3 (Foil, Stiner, Bro Boehm). Team FTs 8-of-15.
T’cola stats: Hortin 12 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/6 FTs), Barrett 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Cummings 3 (FG), Quinn 3 (3/5 FTs), Thomason (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 7. 3-Pointers: 3 (Hortin, Cummkings, Barrett). Team FTs 6-of-13.