Tuesday, February 28, 2017, West Sabine High School –
After falling behind early, and trailing 34-50 at halftime, the Shelbyville Dragons Varsity Basketball team fought their way back to take 85-82 Regional Quarterfinal win, over the Evadale Rebels. The win advanced Shelbyville to the Regional Tournament at Jewett-Leon High School this Friday, March 3, 2017. The game will be at 5 p.m. with the Grapeland Sandies.
The Dragons trailed by as many as 19 points during the second quarter but fought back to pull to within 16 points by the midway break, trailing 34-50 at halftime.
Dragons postman Cole Ferguson exploded for 13 points during the third period to help Shelbyville outscore the Rebels 29-13 during the frame. The two teams headed into the final period with the game knotted at 63-63.
The fourth quarter saw Ferguson score ten more points, and teammate Jakovian Buckley hit six clutch free throws, to help SHS gain the 3-point final margin of victory.
Dragons Basketball Coach David Schmitt said, “Even when we trailed, we knew the kids would keep fighting and it really paid off tonight. We look forward to representing our school at the regional tournament.”
Ferguson was high-scorer for the Dragons with 33 points. Teammate Jakovian Buckley had 15, Jordan Boykins 14, Trez Barnes 10, Trae Polley 10, and Kirktric Allen hit three points.
Brady Griffin led the Rebels with 22 points.