BELLEVUE — After almost a week without playing the Redmen JV team came out on Wednesday night against Shelby and looked a little rusty.
Shelby quickly got out to a 3-0 lead before Redmen junior Marcus Nelson scored the first basket, helping the Redmen get back into rhythm. Even though the Redmen were getting their rhythm back Shelby took an early 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Redmen still trailed most of the second quarter but baskets by juniors Kyle Geary, Dillion Berkey and a basket and three-pointer by sophomore Daniel Thatcher the Redmen were creeping back. Just before halftime the Redmen took the lead after Shelby fouled junior Shane Miller sending him to the line for one and one. Shane split the free-throws but managed to give the Redmen a 23-22 lead at halftime.
To start off the second half the Redmen forced a Shelby turnover, which led to a Redmen basket by junior Isaac Hartley, to increase the Redmen lead, 25-22. But a three-point jumper by Shelby’s Tyler Cain, quickly tied the game at 25. A basket by Thatcher gave the Redmen their lead back and a foul on Shelby’s Dylan Shaffer also gave the Redmen the ball back. It was Thatcher who made the basket again for the Redmen to give them a 29-25 lead; which held onto for the rest of the third quarter. Just as time ran out Redmen junior Cole Norman stole the ball, and it seemed that the Redmen had their mo-jo back.
The magic didn’t last long as the Redmen started out the fourth quarter with a travel, a foul and a turnover. The string of bad luck for the Redmen continued as Geary racked up his fourth foul, sending Alex Paulo to the line for two shots, both of which he made; then Miller fouled Paulo on the next play, where he made both of those shots. This gave Shelby a 30-29 lead with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter.
Back-to-back baskets by Miller and Harltey gave the Redmen a 33-30 lead over the Whippets before Shelby’s Crain hit a three-pointer to tie the game. After a control foul called on Harltey, the Whippets got the ball back with 3:40 left.
The Redmen had ground to make up after Shelby’s Nathan Benevides hit a three-pointer to put the Whippet’s up, 36-33. After that something clicked with the Redmen and they went on a 8-0, led by Miller with three baskets and Hartley with one.
With about a minute and half left in the game the Redmen had clawed their way back and had a 41-36 lead. A foul by Redmen freshman Al Foos sent Shelby to the line for two, Shelby’s Jared Hostetler made both shots, bringing the Whippets to within three.
Two more baskets and a bonus shot by Miller secured a Redmen victory, 48-42. With the win the Redmen JV team improves their season record to 8-6, and they are 3-3 in NOL play. The Redmen gear up to take on Ontario tonight with tip-off at 6 p.m.
Shelby JV — 42
Nathan Benevides 1-2-10; Jared Hostetler 1-1-8; Cody Stine 2-1-9; Tyler Crain 1-2-8; Matt Dawson 1-0-2; Alex Paulo 0-0-5. Totals 6-6-42.
Bellevue JV — 48
Cole Norman 2-0-4; Grant Vickery 0-0-1; Kyle Geary 1-0-5; Daniel Thatcher 5-1-14; Dillion Berkey 1-0-2; Isaac Hartely 3-0-6; Marcus Nelson 1-0-2; Shane Miller 6-0-14. Totals 19-1-48.
3-pt. FG (Shelby) Benevides 2; Crain 2; Hostetler; Stine; (Bellevue) Thatcher.