The Shelby boys basketball team advanced to the Northern B Divisional Tournament the hard way, losing their semi-final game with Rocky Boy, 65-60, and then coming back Saturday morning to defeat Conrad 58-49. The Coyotes lost the consolation game to Choteau 60-48 to finish as the No. 3 seed going into the upcoming tournament.
Shelby will take on the No. 2 Poplar Indians at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, when Shelby hosts the Northern Divisional Tournament, Feb. 28-March 2. Look for more on the tourney in next week’s issue.
At the district tourney, the Coyotes found themselves in a tough battle on Friday with Rocky Boy. The two teams were tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter. Rocky Boy opened up an eight point lead to go ahead 30-22 at half-time.
The Coyotes closed the gap in the third quarter but still trailed 41-37 entering the final period. The two teams score 47 points in the final eight minutes, but in the end it was Rocky Boy advancing to the championship game with the 65-60 win.
Tanner Parsons and Ryan VanTine led the Coyotes with 14 apiece. Rhett Reynolds scored 13.
Saturday morning the Coyotes took care of business early. They held a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 28-15 over Conrad at the half.
The third quarter was more of the same as Shelby pushed the lead to 43-26 lead going into the final period and then cruised to a 58-49 victory.
Parsons led the Coyotes with 17 points, and Logan Leck added 12.
In the consolation game, the Coyotes squared off against the Bulldogs, and found themselves down 16-9 after one quarter of play. Choteau controlled the second quarter and extended their lead at the half, 31-19.
The Bulldogs held their lead throughout the third quarter and were up 50-31 heading into the fourth quarter. Shelby closed the gap but it wasn’t enough and they lost the game, 70-48.
Parsons again led the Coyotes with 22 points, Reynolds added nine, and Leck dropped in eight.