Shelby junior Rhett Reynolds throws down a dunk during the Coyotes’ 62-44 win over Fairfield on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The Shelby boys basketball team improved their record to 4-0 after last week’s action. The Coyotes defeated Fairfield, 62-44, on Jan. 5, followed by Choteau, 79-26, on Jan. 8, and Great Falls Central, 70-29, on Jan. 9.

Shelby opened up a 15-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter against Fairfield, and never looked back. The second quarter the Coyotes took a 33-19 advantage into the locker room at the half. The second half was a little closer, Shelby narrowly outscored Fairfield in earning the 62-44 conference win. 

Rhett Reynolds dominated the inside, with 24 points and 12 rebounds. He blocked several Eagle shots and also delivered seven assists. Logan Leck chipped in 17 points, and 13 rebounds in the contest. Trenton Emerson added nine points, Taylor Parsons dumped in seven, Kolby Lohr added three, and Aiden Torgerson tallied two.

The Coyotes led 34-11 at the half against Choteau. Shelby started the third quarter behind Leck’s hot hand and outscored the Bulldogs by 17. Shelby owned the fourth quarter also, outscoring Choteau 18-5, pushing the Coyotes record to 3-0. 

Leck ended the game with 33 points, Reynolds added 20 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists. Emerson added 10 points and six assists, and Randon Richman and Kyle McDermott added six and five points respectively. Parsons added three points, and Bryce Lee dropped in two.

Saturday the Coyotes were slow out of the gate offensively, leading only 12-6 at the end of the first quarter against Great Falls Central. Shelby’s offense continued to struggle in the second and held a 22-17 lead at the half. The Coyotes caught fire offensively and defensively in the third quarter, and outscored Great Falls 31-3 in the period. Shelby went on to score 17 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the easy 70-29 win. 

Leck and Reynolds again led the Coyotes scoring effort with 23 and 20 points respectively. Reynolds also pulled down 11 rebounds and had three steals and four assists for the Coyotes. Parsons and Emerson both contributed 10 points to the cause, while Garrett Hansen dropped in four, and Lee had three. 

“I was really proud of the defensive effort of the boys this week,” said head coach Tom Reynolds. “We made great strides in sustaining our defensive effort for longer periods of time. We had 27 assists against Choteau which shows our efforts in sharing the basketball. Logan shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arc; it’s fun to see him get hot. I’m really pleased on the effort the kids are bringing every night.”

Shelby will be on the road this weekend, playing in Cut Bank on Friday night. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. They will take on Malta on Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. start.

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