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The Shelby Coyotes boys basketball team wrapped up the regular season with two wins at home last weekend. They defeated Cut Bank last Friday, 60-50, and Malta on Saturday, 41-25.

Friday night the Coyotes had their hands full with the Wolves. Shelby took the lead in the first quarter 12-9. Cut Bank got hot in the second and took a two-point lead into the half, 21-19. The third quarter the Coyotes flexed their muscles and scored 25 to Cut Bank’s 11. The Wolves wouldn’t go away, and outscored Shelby by two in the fourth, but the Coyotes claimed the victory, 60-50. 

 “I thought we had great patience for high percentage shots,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

Freshman Trenton Emerson led the Coyotes scoring push with 17. Also scoring for the Coyotes were Tanner Parsons 16, Logan Leck 11, Rhett Reynolds eight, Aidan Torgerson and Tanner Watson three each, and Tanner Tustian two. 

Leck led the team with six assists, and joined Reynolds with seven rebounds each to lead the team. 

Saturday the Coyotes’ defense stymied the Malta offense in the first half. Shelby only allowed one point in the first quarter, and eight points in the second quarter. Shelby held a 19-9 lead at the half. 

Shelby outscored Malta 15-11 in the third, and held the Mustangs to six points in the fourth, taking the victory 41-25. 

 “Saturday it was a good thing we played such great defense as the goofy ball didn’t want to go in the hole at times,” said Reynolds.

Leck led the charge with 17, Reynolds added 12, Parsons 10, and Emerson two.                          

“I was pleased with our defensive effort on the weekend,” Reynolds stated.

Shelby claimed the number two spot in the conference, and will play Great Falls Central in the District 1-B Tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Cut Bank.

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