Shelby’s Tucker Tustian floats in for a layup during Thursday morning action at the State B Tournament in Belgrade.

The Shelby Coyotes made a quick exit at the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament in Belgrade last week, losing to Colstrip and Rocky Boy. The Coyotes fell 62-52 to Colstrip in their tourney opener on Wednesday, March 6, at the Belgrade Special Events Center and then lost to Rocky Boy, 62-50, on Thursday.

Shelby did a good job early staying with the top-ranked team in the state in their first game. They trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, but battled back and held the lead during the second quarter before Colstrip took the lead, 27-25, at the half.

Shelby gave Colstrip all they could handle in the third quarter but could not gain the lead, and trailed 38-33 going into the fourth quarter. Shelby pushed Colstrip, but could never gain the lead, with both teams doing the majority of their scoring in the final eight  minutes. Colstrip advanced to semi-final play after defeating Shelby 62-52.

Shelby was led in scoring by Tanner Parsons and Logan Leck, who each scored 16 points. Rhett Reynolds contributed eight and Damon Irvin added seven.

The Coyotes faced a familiar foe in loser-out action on Thursday. Rocky Boy took a 15-14 first quarter lead. The Coyotes struggled offensively and trailed 28-22 at the half. The Coyotes kept pace in the third quarter, but trailed 39-32 going into the fourth quarter. The last quarter turned into a shootout, but the Coyotes came out on the losing end, 60-52.

Shelby was led in scoring by Parsons and Leck, with 11 apiece, Reynolds added 10, and Irvin and Ryan VanTine scored 6 each. 

Leck led the team with nine rebounds, and Reynolds had six. Irvin had three of the team’s seven assists.

Bigfork went on to win their second consecutive state championship, defeating Missoula Loyola, 47-43 in the championship game, which was played on Friday, March 8.

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