The Shelby boys basketball team hit a bump last week, losing their first two games of the season. The Coyotes lost to Belt on Tuesday at home, 45-34, and then were edged out by Fairfield, 57-56 Saturday in Fairfield.
Shelby hosted Belt on Jan. 26 and started strong, leading 12-5 after the first quarter and 23-16 at the half. The Coyotes struggled scoring in the second half and Belt took advantage of their scoring slump to claim the win.
Logan Leck had 18 points, followed by Rhett Reynolds with six points, Taylor Par sons and Aiden Torgerson each had three, Trenton Emerson and Kyle Peltier had two each.
Friday the Coyotes were in Fairfield and started the game well and held a 10- point lead at half-time. But the Eagles came back and Shelby couldn’t hang on in the second half and lost the nail-biter by one.
The Coyotes had balanced scoring with Leck scoring 16, Reynolds 14, Emerson 12, and Randon Richman 10. Kolby Lohr added three points, and Torgerson had one.
“It was a very humbling week for the Coyotes,” said head coach Tom Reynolds. “Basketball-wise, we got out rebounded in both games.”
Reynolds said there were a lot of positives in the Coyotes’ play last week. “Friday Trenton pushed the ball down the court well and Randon played some big minutes and hit two clutch free throws,” he pointed out.
Shelby played Conrad last night (Tuesday), and will travel to Choteau on Friday with games starting at 4:30 p.m. The Coyotes will host Great Falls Central on Saturday with tip-off at 2:30 p.m.