The Rams were getting hot at the right time coming into the Shelbyville Regional this week with a narrow OT loss to state-ranked Monticello on the road ( already reported on by the Daily Union), then a blow-out of Argenta at home and a gut-check win over St. Teresa in the Dog Pen.

Jay Nottingham was a pillar in the post, scoring 82 points in those three games, while Jake Elam was wheelin’ and dealin’ for 43 points during that stretch. After the Rams near-upset of Monticello, they had to reschedule the Tuesday St. Teresa game because of snow and play it Saturday night as the second of a home-road set, two nights in a row.

Senior point guard Elam was the high point man on Senior Night, Friday against Argenta, scoring 25 points leading the Ram offense. He scored from the arc, putting up a trey hat trick, putting the ball on the floor and driving or stopping and popping, and also making 2-of-3 free throws.

Jay Nottingham, usual scoring leader for the Rams, was in Elam’s hip pocket, scoring 24 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 at the stripe.

On Saturday night at St. T., Nottingham was unstoppable, scoring a season-high 35 points. He scored 13 times from the floor, none bigger than his tip in for the win to beat the buzzer. He also was a near-perfect 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Nottingham scored 59 points on Friday and Saturday and was a combined 17-of-18 at the line for those two games.

Against Argenta, the Ram ran out on an 11-0 lead and the stampede didn’t end until the subs poured onto the floor with over half the fourth quarter still to play and Shelbyville up by 39 points, 72-33.

It was fitting that senior Jake Elam would tip a ball away from Argenta, senior Isaac Smith would lead the break, then dish back to Elam for two to open the scoring in the first 30 seconds off the Senior Night celebration. Elam hit a jumper to make it 4-0. Nottingham got a put back and drew a foul to make it 6-0, then 7-0 Rams.

Elam then fed Caine Cloe on a fast break to a make it 9-0 Rams. Nottingham sank a hook shot to run the lead to 11-0 with just three minutes gone.

Argenta finally got on the board with a trey and two possessions later buried another trey to make the score respectable, 11-6 Rams.

However, Elam was left all alone at the arc and he made Argenta pay, 14-6. The Bombers fired a dud from the arc, and Elam came right back with a back-to-back trey and it was 17-6 Rams. Jason Barker got a put-back to make it 19-8 with a minute left in the first. Elam finished what he started in the period.

, scoring again for the Rams on a drive, stop and pop for two, 21-8. Elam finished the first period with 12-of-his 25 points and two of his three triples.

Argenta drove for two to start the second quarter, but Torry Schloz came off the bench and heat up like a mircowave, burying his first three attempt and putting Shelby up 14, 24-10. The Bombers launched their fourth air ball and Nottingham stuck another hook shot over the outstretch wingspan of Argenta’s 6-6 center, Chris Halvachs. Nottingham was fouled don a out-back on the next possession and went to the line and buried both shots, 28-10 Rams.

Ram defense forced another Bomber turnover. Isaac Smith was fouled after a jumper at the Ram end and Shelby took the ball out. Cloe dialed in from long distance on the ensuing inbound play and Shelby was up by 21 points after just 10 and half minutes of play, 31-10. Halvachs hit a jumper for A-O, but Schloz out the ball on the floor and drained a fading jumper to make it 33-12 Shelby.

A-O split a pair at the line, but Nottingham did one better after being fouled on another hook shot. He made both free throws, 35-13 Shelby. Schloz rang the three-bell again and the lead was up to 25 points. Argenta converted a jumper, then came right back and sank another jumper. In response, Elam grabbed a ball after a Ram miss and dished to Jason Barker inside for two points.

Elam was on the receiving end of the next fast break, taking Cloe’s assist and finishing at the rack, 42-17 Rams with 1:10 before the break. Defensive intensity and a little sloppy play closed out the half.

Elam split as pair at the line to start the third, 43-17 Rams. Harvachs made another jumper, then made a good defensive play at the rams end. However a Bomber miss led to a sweet Elam drive on the Shelby baseline against a double-team, culminating in a three-point play and a 27-point Ram lead, 46-19. The Bombers finally found the range again from the arc, but Elam stopped and popped at the free throw line for two points, 48-22.

Elam fed Nottingham for an 8-foot jumper on the wing and Shelby had a 28-point lead, 50-22. Argenta answered with a jumper, but after Elam had his jumper blocked by Harvachs in the lane, he ended up with the ball at the arc. He didn’t think he just cocked and fired, ka-boom. Shelby had their biggest lead of the game to that point, 53-24.

Jason Barker grabbed yet another defensive rebound and got the ball to Elam. Elam took it for the score, giving Shelby a 31-point lead and capping his game-high 25 points still with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Nottingham scored a put-back after a Ram trey miss and got the foul call. He converted the three-point play and the Ram lead was now 34 points, 58-24, with 2:55 left in the third.

Argenta made 1-of-2 at the line, then Schloz responded with his third triple, for a 36-point Ram lead, 61-25. After a Bomber turnover, senior Josh Reeves passed to Erin Nichols on a Ram fast break and the Rams were up by 39, 63-25. Argenta made a pair at the line before the third ended, 63-27.

Barker blocked Horvachs first offering of the fourth quarter, culminating in a Nottingham score at the Ram end, 65-27. Argenta got a put-back, then two possessions later made two free throws to trim the lead to 34 points with 7:00 to play. Elam threw a rocket pass on the ensuing transition to Nottingham, who buried the base line jumper, 67-31.

The would-be Bombers missed yet another three and Nottingham gathered in the board. Nottingham was fouled and made both ends of the 1-and-1 putting Shelby up 38 points, 69-31. Argenta converted their own 1-and-1, then Elam drove and dished to Nottingham for another baseline jumper, 71-33 with 5:20 remaining.

On the next possession, Barker was fouled on a rebound and made the second of two free throws, putting Shelby back up by 39 points, 72-33, and signaling the fat lady to accompany the Ram bench as they took the floor en masse.

A-O hit a long two, then scored on a drive. Reeves was hammered on a jump shot and made the second of two foul shots, 73-37. A-O got a put-back, followed by Shelby’s Lee Rincker being pushed. He made 1-of-2 super bonus shots. A-O made a trey and Schloz went to the line making 1-of-2 Ram free throws. Nichols got a rebound two and put Shelby back up by 25, 77-42 with a minute left.

A-O scored from the floor in the last minute, then Reeves, in his last home game as a Ram, put on a spin move from the free throw line and drove to the bucket for two, capping the game scoring and the regular season home scoring at 79-42.

Varsity Game

Shelbyville 79, Argenta 44

Shelbyville 21-21-21-16—79

Argenta 8-9-10-17—44

Shelby stats: Elam 25 (7-2’s, 3-3 pt FG’s, 2/3 FT’s), Nottingham 24 (8 FG’s, 8/8 FT’s), Schloz 12 (1-2, 3-3 pt FG’s, 1/2 FT’s), Barker 5 (2 FG’s, 1/2 FT’s), Cloe 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FG), Nichols 4 (2 FG’s), Reeves 3 (FG, 1/4 FT’s), Rincker 1 (1/2 FT’s). Team field goals 29. 3-pointers: 7 (Elam 3, Schloz 3, Cloe 1). Team free throws 14-of-21.

Argenta-16 FG’s (4-3’s), 8/12 FT’s.

JV Game

Shelbyville 48, Argenta 14

Shelbyville 12-11-10-15—48

Argenta 3-0-0-11—14

Shelby stats: Uphoff 14 (1-2, 3-3 pt FG’s, 3/4 FT’s), Boarman 14 (5 FG’s, 4/6 FT’s), Schloz 6 (3 FG’s, 0/1 FT’s), Nichols 6 (3 FG’s), Bauer 4 (2 FG’s), Nugent 2 (FG), Mast 2 (FG), Boone 0/2 FT’s). Team field goals 19. 3-pointers: 3 (Uphoff). team free throws 7-of-13.

Argenta-4 FG’s 93-3’s), 3/8 FT’s.

At St. Teresa, in the make-up game on Saturday, the Rams came back from a 5-point half-time deficit to knot the score at the end of the third quarter, 49-49. Jay Nottingham’s tip-in late in the game gave Shelby a 21-19 advantage in the final frame and upset St. Teresa in their final home game of the season, 70-68.

Shelbyville 70, St. Teresa 68

Shelbyville 13-16-20-21—70

St. Teresa 16-18-15-19—68

Shelby stats: Nottingham 35 (13 FG’s, 9/10 FT’s), Elam 10 (4 FG’s, 2/3 FT’s), Schloz 8 (4 FG’s), Smith 7 (FG, 5/7 FT’s), Barker 6 (3 FG’s, 0/1 FT’s), Cloe 2 (FG), Nichols 2 (2/2 FT’s). Team field goals 26 (No 3’s). Team free throws 18-of-23.

Shelbyville was to play Sullivan last night to open the IHSA Class A Shelbyville Regional. Shelbyville beat Sullivan in the regular season, 71-60 in Sullivan. Elam led the Rams in that game with 22 points, while Nottingham had 21.

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