The Shelbyville Rams were in a see-saw battle with Warrensburg for the Consolation championship of the CIC tourney on Saturday afternoon. Momentum ended with Warrensburg as the title eluded the Rams, 47-42.
Warrenbnsburg held a 1-point lead after the 1st quarter, but the Rams charged back with a 15-11 run in the 2nd period to take a one possession lead at the half. Warrensburg doubled-up the Rams in the 3rd and that was costly.
Down by four going into crunch time, the Rams needed to see-saw back one more time. Sawdust flew down the stretch, but the Rams fell short.
Ethan Clark stroked a 3 in the Ram 1st. Braden Nichols made both of his free throws and then a deuce. Payton Bryant was back and had a bucket for 9 Ram points.
Warrensburg did them one better. Andy Hardin had a deuce and and then made two free throws. Jackson Cook had a deuce and Jake Six made two foul shots. Ethan Yaroch added a deuce for the 1-point lead, 10-9.
The 2nd period was Braden time. Braden Nichols from Shelbyville scored 8 points and Braden Matthews from Warrensburg scored 8 points.
Nichols kicked in the after-burner in the Ram 2nd. He made two more foul shots, and scored three more times for 8 points in the 2nd and 12 points in the 1st half. Clark dialed in again from the arc, while Kade Kull go on he board with a two. Bryant scored once more in the 15-11 Ram run.
Warrensburg couldn’t keep up with the Ram pace. Braden Matthews made four buckets. Hardin added a two and Cook split a pair of free throws to leave the Cards 3 points shy at the break, 24-21.
Could the Rams keep that momentum? No. Warrensburg came out in the 3rd and dealt a 14-7 run. Nelson Kendrick made a trey and a deuce. Cook had a deuce and then free throws. Greg Allen and Matthews added solo twos.
Nichols scored twice in the Ram 3rd and Kull had a bucket and a 1-of-2 trip to the line. None of the supporting cast scored and the Rams were back down by 4, 35-31.
The Rams put up an 11-point effort down the stretch. Kull scored twice, Clark completed a trey hat trick, but Nichols didn’t score. Max Beyers got in the book with a two and Bryant scored again.
Warrensburg had that 4-point cushion and stayed a pace head in crunch time, refusing to give up momentum. Cook and Yaroch had the only two buckets for Warrensburg in the 4th.
The rest was all free throws as they iced the game. They shot 17 free throws in the final 8:00, but they shot just good enough to hang on to the win. They missed 9 of their 17 foul shots, and still backed into the win by 5.
Six made both of his foul shots. Hardin missed three in a row and then made two. Cook made two, then missed two. Kendrick made one, then missed three in a row.
Shelbyville made 17 field goals with 3 treys for 37 points. Warrensburg only made 15 field goals for 31 points. The foul killed the Rams. Warrensburg was 16-of-28 at the line (57%) and the Rams only got to the line for 6 free throws, 22 less attempts. They made 5-of-6 (83%).
Shelby’s Nichols led all scorers with 16 points on 6 buckets and 4-of-4 at the line in three quarters. W-L had two in double figures. Cook had 12 on 3 buckets and 6-of-11 foul shooting. Matthews had 10 points all from the floor inside the arc.
Saturday CIC Tourney
Warrensburg 47, Shelbyville 42
Ram stats: Nichols 16 (6 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Clark 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Kull 9 (4 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Bryant 6 (3 FGs), Beyers 2 (FG). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 3 (Clark). Team FTs 5-of-6.
W’burg stats: Cook 12 (3 FGs, 6/11 FTs), Matthews 10 (5 FGs), Hardin 8 (2 FGs, 4/7 FTs), Kendrick 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/4 FTs), Yaroch 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Six 4 (4/4 FTs), Allen 2 (FG). Team FGs 15. 3-Pointers: 1 (Kendrick). Team FTs 16-of-28.