Shelbyville boys basketball (6-11) was needing a win and Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered. The Rams were steady against Cowden-Herrcik/Beecher City, winning by 20 points, 69-48.
After winning two games in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, the Rams were suffering a 3-game losing streak. On Tuesday the CHBC Bobcats came in with a quick step and a big man in the middle. They led early, but the Rams were steady and gradually pulled away for the 20-point victory, their second biggest win of the season.
CHBC led the Rams 13-10 in the 1st period. Cat-quick guard Dylan Taylor scored twice early. Jadon Robertson got to the line twice and made 3-of-4 free throws. Post man Daniel Lucas scored three times down low and Silas Buzzard had a two in the 1st period.
Despite the slim deficit, the Rams put on a 10-2 run to finish the 1st. Kade Kull led the Ram effort in the 1st. He scored twice, then converted a 3-point play. He was fouled on another scored and made it a 3-point play giving him 10 of his game-high 30 points in the first 8:00.
Braden Nichols scored twice Leo Logue had a deuce and Payton Bryant and Max Beyers made solo twos. Shelby took a 5-point lead at the end of one, 20-15. They never looked back.
Shelby scored the first bucket of the 2nd to stretch the run to 12-2. Wyatt Nothaus was fouled almost 3:00 later and made 1-of-2 free throws for a 13-2 run.
CHBC guard Kade Persinger went coast right past the Rams to the rim for a lay up. Beyers was fouled and made both Ram free throws.
With 2:15 in the half, The Rams were getting 2nd chances with rebounds and drew a foul. Bryant made two free throws. Dylan Taylor quickly answered with a short jumper. Kull came right back with a transition 2.
CHBC missed two foul shots, but Nichols was blocked at the other end and the Bobcats brought it. Robertson finished to make it a 10-point game, 31-21. Shelby missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Persinger found Robertson wide open at the Bobcat side and he scored.
The Rams played for one shot. With 7.3 seconds left Kull drove and scored to re-establish the 10-point half-time lead, 33-23.
Shelbyville was ahead of the curve the rest of the way. Nichols made the first bucket of the 3rd period. CHBC turned it over and Bryant scored. Robertson dished to Lucas at the other end and he scored, but couldn’t convert the 3-point play.
After back and forth Kull buried a jumper, but CHBC had a run in them Robertson made a short jumper. Jhett Buchanan dished to Lucas for 2. Taylor drove again and scored on a 6-0 run, cutting the lead to 8, 39-31.
Kull drove and scored and Shelby took time. CHBC turned it over and Kull drew a foul. he made both free throws. He started to take over the 3rd. CHBC missed and Kull had a hesitation drive, scored and got the foul. He made the foul shot for a 15-point lead, 46-31.
After missed CHBC free throws, again, Kull floated a soft 3. Robertson scored on a drive down the lane. Kull scored again to cap his 14-point 3rd, scoring 14 of Shelby’s 18 points. CHBC kept the ball the last 34 seconds of the 3rd, but could only manage a Hail Mary 3 and missed.
The Rams extended their 10-point lead to 18 points in the 3rd, 51-33. They didn’t slow down in the final frame. CHBC never got closer than 15 points.
Nothaus had a deuce and Robertson scored down on the block. Lucas made a put back and the free throw to make it a 15-point game, 53-38. Beyers cut to the basket and scored. Robertson tried a put back, but was fouled. He made both shots.
Bryant took a back cut and Nothaus found him for two. Robertson was fouled on an inbound shot and made both ends of the 1-and-1. He would have 8 of CHBC’s final 15 points.
Shelby got three for a quarter at their end, but were turned away. CHBC turned it over and when Bryant missed a shot inside, Robertson grabbed the rim and Bryant got credit for two. Buzzard came right back with a put back two, 51-44.
Nichols scored and Robertson responded with a bank two. Kull drove for two. Shelby aired a 3-pointer, but on their next possession Nichols scored on a fast break for a 19-point lead, with 1:30 remaining, 65-46.
Post player Dakota Gray was fouled inside and made both free throws, his only free throws of the game. With a little over a minute to play the rams worked the ball. However, when Beyers got the ball in the post he went to the bucket and scored with 40 seconds left.
After a CHBC miss, Nichols made a two. There was a blood stoppage on an late, unfortunate, unnecessary collision in a 20-point blowout. No blood was found and CHBC got a couple more shot attempts before the buzzer sounded.
Shelbyville had three, almost four players in double figures. Kull led all scorer with 30 points. he made 12 bucket, including the only Ram three. He also was a perfect 5-of-5 at the line.
Nichols followed with 16 points, all from the floor, while Bryant had 10 points. he had 4 baskets and 2-of-2 at the line. Beyers scored 8 on 3 buckets and 2-of-2 at the line. Shelby was 10-of-14 at the stripe.
CHBC was led early by Lucas, who finished with 13 points on 6 buckets, but 1-of-8 at the line. Jadon Robertson finished as the Bobcat top scorer with 19 points. He scored six time and was 7-of-8 at the line. Taylor just missed double digits with 8 points all from the floor.
The Rams lost 3-point shooter Leo Logue in the game due to injury. His expected return is not known.
Shelbyville 69, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 48
Ram stats: Kull 30 (11-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 5/5 FTs), Nichols 16 (8 FGs), Bryant 10 (4 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Beyers 8 (3 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Nothaus 3 (FG, 1/4 FTs), Logue 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 29. 3-Pointers: 1 (Kull). Team FTs 10-of-14.
CHBC stats: J Robertson 19 (6 FGs, 7/8 FTs), Lucas 13 (6 FGs, 1/8 FTs), Taylor 8 (4 FGs), Buzzard 4 (2 FGs), Persinger 2 (FG), Gray 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 19. Team FTs 10-of-18.