The Shelbyville Rams could never get comfortable against Clinton on Tuesday. The game see-sawed back and forth and came down to a final shot. Shelby held off Clinton, 50-49.

The Rams fell behind early 9-3, then charged back for a 5-point lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Clinton came back in the 2nd and led by two at the half. Shelby regained the lead in the 3rd and were up 5 heading into the 4th.

Clinton chipped away at the lead and went ahead with a turnover and transition basket, 49-48 under a minute to play. The Rams scored for the 1-point lead with 30 seconds left.

Then the Rams were fouled and had a 1-and-1. Two free throws would guarantee at least overtime, if Clinton were to hit a late 3-point shot.

The Rams missed the front end of the 1-and-1. Clinton got the rebound still down by just one points. Again, no comfort for the Rams.

With 13.5 seconds left they had to defend. Both teams took time outs to set up offense and defense for one final shot with 6.6 seconds left.

Clinton passed the ball, but fumbled it out of bounds. They still had the ball with 1.5 seconds remaining. They threw the ball in bounds and got off a shot. It missed and the Rams survived, 50-49.

Shelbyville beat Clinton by 19 points a week ago in the CIC tourney. The Ram scored 49 points then. But Clinton couldn’t get going. This time Clinton shot 10 more free throws and had 10 more buckets.

The Rams got an early 3 from Braden Nichols, but the Maroons built a 9-3 lead, including their only 3 of the game. Nichols lit another sparkler and the lead was just 3.

Kade Kull drove the court and scored. He drove the court again after a Payton Bryant blocked shot. Kull was fouled and made both free throws. The 7-0 gave the Rams the lead, 10-9.

Bryant scored for a 12-10 lead and then Kull launched his one 3-pointer for a 5-point Ram lead, 15-12. Each team scored before the 1st quarter buzzer and Shelby was still up by 5, 17-12. Kade Kull scored 9 of the 17 points and Nichols scored the other 8.

Clinton got to the line in the 2nd. They made two foul shots, then Zeke Hickman converted a 3-point play to tie the score at 17. Nichols stroked another 3, but Hickman came back with two more free throws. Another two gave Clinton the lead, 21-20. Two more and a free throw gave them a 3-point lead, 24-21.

Kull was fouled on a shot and converted the 3-point play to knot the game at 24. But Clinton scored two more straight buckets. Kull missed a 3, but got the reset and was fouled. he made both free throws for a 2-point game.

Clinton drew a foul and made 1-of-2. They also got the rebound and drew another foul, making 1-of-2. They were up 4 with 1:17 in the half. Nichols was fouled inside a minute to play and made both ends of a 1-and-1.

Clinton missed a 3 and Shelby plays for one shot with 30 seconds left and could only get a desperation 3 that missed. They trailed 30-28 at the break. Kull had 15 of the Rams points and Nichols the other 13.

Kull opened the 2nd half 15-8 run, making two free throws and tying the game, 30-30. He converted a 3-point play. Nichols scored, and freshman Wyatt Nothaus scored. he then made two free throws. Kull scored two more times. After 3 periods, Kull had 24 points, Nichols 15 and Nothaus 4.

Clinton got just 3 solo buckets in the 3rd from Tyrese Petty, Hickman, and Skyler Williamson. Clayton Welch made 1-of-2 free throws, as did Hickman. Shelby was up 5, 43-38.

Nobody could score in the 1st half of the 4th quarter. Shelby got a 2 from Kull and Clinton a two. With 3:00 left in the game it was just 45-40. Nothaus made 1-of-2 foul shots, then Hickman struck.

Hickman got the missed free throw and went to the basket, getting the bucket and the foul, converting a 3-point play, 46-43. Clinton pressed and Shelby turned the ball over. Hickman took it to the bucket again, scored and got the foul. Max Beyers fouled out and Hickman failed to convert the 3-point play so with 2:10 to play, Shelby was up one, 46-45.

Kull got a defensive rebound and at the other end Nothaus scored on an inside bank shot for the 3-point lead, 48-45. Clinton’s Garrett Wayne was fouled and made both ends of a 1-and-1, 48-47.

The Rams wanted to hold the ball for one shot with over a minute left, up by just one point. It didn’t work. Clinton got the ball and brought it, scoring in transition for the lead with 39 seconds left, 49-48.

Kull went towards the basket, hesitated then shot and scored for the Ram lead, 50-49. Kull stole the ball at the Clinton end and was fouled. He missed the front of a 1-and-1 and Clinton had life, down one.

They tried to get a shot, but defense and fumbling hands put the ball out of bounds with 1.5 seconds left, Clinton ball. They missed the last shot and Shelby won, despite being out-scored, 11-7, in crunch time.

Kade Kull finished as the game-high scorer with 28 points on 9 buckets (1-3) and 9-of-12 at the line. Hickman followed with 19 points, making 7 shots and 5-of-7 free throws. Nichols scored 15 points, none in the 4th. He had two 2’s and a trey hat trick, plus 2 free throws. Petty had 9 points for Clinton and Nothaus 7 for the Rams.

Shelby made 16 field goals with 4 treys for 36 points from the floor. Clinton scored 17 times with one 3 for 35 points from the field. Shelby was 14-of-18 at the line (77%). Clinton shot 14-of-24 (58%), missing 10 free throws in a 1-point loss.

Shelbyville (8-17, 2-3 CIC) plays at Central A&M (23-2, 5-0 CIC) on Friday. Clinton (5-21, 1-4 CIC) hosts Warrensburg (12-13, 2-3 CIC) on Friday.

Tuesday

Shelbyville 50, Clinton 49

Clinton 12-18-8-11--49

Shelby 17-11-15-7--50

Ram stats: Kull 28 (8-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 9/12 FTs), Nichols 15 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Nothaus 7 (2 FGs, 3/4 FTs). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 4 (Nichols 3, Kull). Team FTs 14-of-18.

Clint stats: Hichman 19 (7 FGs, 5/7 FTs), Wayne 11 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/8 FTs), Petty 9 (4 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Williamson 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Welch 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Dimas 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 1 9Wayne). Team FTs 14-of-24.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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