The Shelby boys basketball team swept their weekend games, pounding Cut Bank 70-46, and defeating Malta by 10 on the road, 60-50. The Coyotes take a 6-4 overall record and a 5-1 conference record into the midway point of the season.
Friday the Coyotes traveled to Cut Bank, and started a bit slow, trailing 10-2 at one point in the first quarter, before fighting back to end the quarter 15-12. Shelby then held Cut Bank to 14 points in the second and third quarters, while scoring 34 points. Shelby outscored the Wolves 24-17 in the final quarter.
Logan Leck led the Coyotes scoring with 34, Rhett Reynolds chipped in 14 and 12 rebounds, Tanner Tustian had nine, Tanner Parsons five and Aiden Torgerson added three. Tanner Watson and Trenton Emerson scored two each, and Garrett Hansen had one.
“Friday we started a little slow, but the boys locked in on our man defense after the first quarter and I was pleased with the results,” stated coach Tom Reynolds.
Saturday the Coyotes made the long journey to Malta, and came home victorious. The first quarter saw lead changes, but Malta took a two-point lead going into the second quarter. Shelby outscored Malta by eight in the second leading 37-31 at the half. Shelby then outscored Malta 33-17 in the second half, claiming the non-conference win.
Shelby had three players scoring in double figures. Reynolds led the team with 19, followed closely by Leck with 18, and Parsons with 17. Also scoring for the Coyotes were Watson three, Tustian two, and Taylor Parsons one.
Reynolds led the team in rebounding with nine, and Leck led the team with eight assists.
“Saturday I felt was a gritty win. It’s always hard to travel to Malta and come away with a win,” said Coach Reynolds.
“Aidan Torgerson and Tanner Tustian came off the bench and made an impact this weekend, sticking the other team’s best players on defense. I was very pleased with our progression on the weekend,” he added.
Shelby will host Conrad on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. start time. The team will travel to Rocky Boy on Saturday. The game time was not available at press time.