The Shelbyville 8th grade boys basketball team is ahead of the curve. However, on Thursday they were smacked by Maroa, 35-25.

The Rams battled Maroa through the 3rd period but then faded. The combatants were tied after the 1st period, 9-9. Logan Stiner scored twice in the 1st. Brady Boehm split a pair at the line and made a two. Brody Boehm scored once.

Maroa got two buckets from Mitchell and a triple from Flagg. Maurer made a two.

In the 2nd period, Maroa made a trio of solo treys from Maurer, Flagg and Mitchell. They also got a two from Giles. An 11-9 run was the difference on at the half.

Shelby’s Drew Nohren made two free throws and then sank a triple. Stiner scored and Brody Boehm scored. Foil missed two free throws and Shelby trailed at the break, 20-18.

The third quarter was all defense, 4-4. Maroa was held by Shelbyville to two solo baskets. Shelby got a trey from Mason Jones and 1-of-2 foul shots from Brody Boehm, and Maroa led, 24-22.

The 4th quarter started with great possibilities. Maroa capitalized on them with an 11-3 run. Maurer scored twice, then converted a 3-point play. Kelly and Mitchell added solo twos before the final buzzer. The only Ram score was a 3-pointer from Mason Jones, as Shelby lost by 10.

The Rams had balanced scoring, but no one over 6 points. Jones and Stiner had 6 each. Jones on 2-3s and Stiner on 3-2s. Nohren and Brody Boehm had 5, each.Nohren had a 3 and 2 for 2 foul shootings. Boehm had 2-2s and 1-of-2 foul shots.

Maroa had one, almost 3, players in double figures. Maurer sacored 12 with 5 buckets, including a 3. Mitchell had 9 points on 4 buckets, 1 trey. Flagg had 8 with 2 treys and a deuce.

Thursday

Maroa 35, Shelbyville 25

Maroa 9-11-14-11--35

Shelby 9-9-4-3--25

Ram stats: Jones 6 (2-3 pt FGs, Stiner 6 (3 FGs), Nohren 5 (-13 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Bro Boehm 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Bra Boehm 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Fpoil (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 9. 3-Pointers: 3 (Jones 2, Nohren). Team FTs 4-of-8.

Maroa stats: Maurer 12 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), 1/1 FTs), Mitchell 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Flagg 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Giles 4 (2 FGs), Kelly 2 (FG). Team FGs 15. 3-Pointers: 4 (Flagg 2, Maurer, Mitchell). Team FTs 1-for-1.

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

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