The Shelbyville Rams (14-2) were in a celebratory mood on Tuesday night and charged over the CHBC Bobcats, 72-45.
Senior guard Malcolm Miller, who is averaging almost 30 points per game, scored his 2000th point on Friday. On Tuesday he became the highest scoring Ram in school history. He started Tuesday night with 2054 points and needed 22 more (2,076) for the record set by Larry Hinton in 1962, 56 years ago.
Miller finished with 27 points (2,081 pts) and got the record with a 3-point bucket from the key. Miller was on fire to start the game.
Miller opened his attack with a pair of twos, then a pair of 3s, then another 2 for 12 points in the first 8:00. Colten Reed scored twice and sophomore Braden Nichols, who finished with 25 points, and sophomore Leo Logue had solo treys early.
CHBC scored 10 points in the 1st, but trailed by double-digits after one. State pole vaulter and cat-quick guard Dylan Webster scored three times and made 1-of-2 at the line in the 1st. Center Nick Miller scored and Trace Smith was 1-of-2 at the line, but CHBC was down by 12, 22-10.
Freshman Mason Miller came in for the Rams in the 2nd and popped a pair of 3-pointers. Older brother Malcolm scored three times in close. The two brothers had 6 points each, 12 of the Rams 23. Nichols led the Rams with 8 points, from two more triples and two free throws.
Despite the 23-point Ram effort, CHBC hung close with 19 points in the 2nd. Six Bobcats scored. Smith had a deuce and a trey. Webster had a trey and a deuce. Zach Burks, Daniel Lucas, Eddie Clearwater, and Nick Miller added solo twos. Shelby led by 16 points at the half, 45-29.
The 3rd period the Rams started to nail the coffin shut with a 21-8 run. Nichols stayed hot. He made a two. he already had a trey hat trick in the game. In the 3rd, he made it a double hat trick for 11 points in the period.
Malcolm Miller made a deuce and a trey, Reed converted a 3-point play and Payton Bryant made a 2.
Alec Edwards led CHBC in the 3rd with a two and 2-of-3 free throws. Webster scored. Nick Miller and Clearwater added a free throw, each, but fell behind by 29 points, 66-37.
In the final frame, subs flooded the floor, but not until Malcolm Miller and Nichols had struck again from the Ram arc. CHBC cut the deficit in the 4th with an 8-6 run. Webster, Ditton Curl, Edwards, and Clearwater finished with solo twos.
The Rams made 27 baskets and racked up long distance charges. They launched a sortie of 14 missiles from 3-point range (42 pts) and 13 shots from in close (26 pts) for 68 points. They only shot 6 free throws, making 4.
CHBC made 18 buckets, just 3 from downtown for 39 points. Shelby had more points from 3-point range than CHBC did total. CHBC was 6-of-11 at the line.
Shelbyville 72, CHBC 45
Ram stats: Mal Miller 27 (7-2s, 4-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Nichols 25 (1-2, 7-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Reed 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Mas Miller 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Bryant 4 (2 FGs), Logue 3 (FG). Team FGs 27. 3-Pointers: 14 (Nichols 7, Mal Miller 4, Mas Miller 2). Team FTs 4-of-6.
CHBC stats: Webster 16 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Smith 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Edwards 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Clearwater 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), N Miller 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Burks 2 (FG), Curl 2 (FG), Lucas 2 (FG). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 3 (Webster, Smith, Clearwater). Team FTs 6-of-11.