Shelby sophomore Rhett Reynolds throws down a dunk during opening round action against Lodge Grass Thursday afternoon at the State B Tournament in Butte.

The Shelby Coyotes boys basketball team travelled to Butte to play in the State Class “B” Tournament this last week where they split. The Coyotes opened with a 71-40 loss to Lodge Grass but ended the season on a winning note, defeating Arlee 68-59. Shelby did not have a chance to play again, as the tournament was cancelled by the Montana High School Association due to the Coronavirus. 

The Coyotes found themselves tied with Lodge Grass at the end of the first quarter, 11-11. The cagers had some foul trouble and found themselves down 27-21 at the half. Lodge Grass came out hot in the second half and Shelby couldn’t keep up, losing 71-40. 

Rhett Reynolds led Shelby with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Logan Leck had six points, Tanner Tustian had five, Taylor Parsons and Tanner Parsons had four each, Trenton Emerson and Kolby Lohr had two each. 

The loss matched Shelby with Arlee to stay alive for a third place trophy. Shelby opened the game with a 22-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The game was close in the second and Shelby held on to a 35-33 advantage at the half. The third quarter was played very even with each team scoring 13 points apiece. Shelby extended the lead in the fourth quarter outscoring Arlee 20-13 to claim the victory and stay alive for a trophy. 

Reynolds had another big game with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Leck poured in 22 points, followed by Tanner Parsons and Tanner Tustian with seven each, Emerson added three, and Tanner Watson and Aiden Torgerson had two each.

“The 2019-2020 Basketball season will be one we won’t forget. It was a crazy way to end. I liked our chance on Saturday to get a third place trophy. It is hard to swallow, but there aren’t many seasons where teams can say they won their last game,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

“I would like to thank our seniors, Tanner Watson and Tanner Parsons,” said Reynolds, “17-9 is a great season. I would also like to thank my coaching staff Mike White, Zach Hayes, and Ryan McDermott. I really appreciate all they do for our men.”

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