The Shelbyville Dragons Varsity Basketball Team eliminated the Cushing Bearkats from the UIL Basketball Playoffs, by a 98-69 score, in a Class 2A Region III Quarterfinal elimination game played at Central Heights High School.
The Dragons (34-3) came into the matchup as the District 22 champions. Cushing (26-4) represented the first place seed for District 21.
Jay Buckley led scoring for the Dragons, scoring 35 points to finish as the game’s high scorer. He had 18 points at the midway break. Teammate Cole Ferguson finished the game with 21 points. Jordan Boykins added 15, LD. Coleman secured 14.
Jeremiah Wilson and Deuce Garrett led Cushing with 17 points each.
The Dragons led 8-6 with 5:22 left in the opening period, but then went on a 18-6 run over the next 3:47 to widen the gap to 26-12. Cushing scored on a shot in the paint by Bucky Guadarrama and a 3-pointer by Garrett during a 5-0 point scoring run which pulled them back to within 26-17 by the end of the first quarter.
Cushing scored the first 10 points of the second quarter and took a one-point (27-26) lead by the 5:33 mark of the second stanza. Shelbyville went on a 16-4 run over the final 5 minutes of the quarter to go into the locker room with a 42-31 advantage at the midway break.
Shelbyville led 72-49 at the end of the third period and outscored the Bearkats 26-20 in the final quarter to take the 98-69 win.
The Dragons will face the Lovelady Lions next on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8 p.m. at Bryan High School for the Region III Class 2A Semifinals.
Tenaha will face the Grapeland Sandies at the same location and date at 6 p.m. If both Shelby County teams should win it would force a rematch of last year’s Class 2A Region III finals which Shelbyville came out on top.
February 25, 2019 - The softball game has been changed to 4:00 pm, February 26 at Shelbyville versus Chireno.
February 25, 2019 - The Tigers battle it out in the Regional Quarterfinal round Tuesday, February 26th against Woden.
The game will tip off at 7pm at Panola Junior College. The Tigers will be the Home team.
Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students at the gate.
TABC, THSCA, and District 22-2A passes only.
February 25, 2019 - The Joaquin HS baseball game versus Waskom at home originally scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday (02/26/19), has been rescheduled to today, Monday, February 25th at 6:30 pm.
Wade Lawson, Men's Athletic Director
February 25, 2019 - The Dragons play February 26 at 7pm versus Cushing at Central Heights High School. Admission will be $6 Adults and $4 Students. District and Coaches Passes will be accepted. We are visitors. GO Dragons!!
Zavalla High School Eagle’s Gymnasium, Friday, February 22, 2019 -
The Tenaha Tigers jumped out to a 28-11 lead by the end of the first quarter of Friday’s Area Basketball Playoff with the Evadale Rebels. Tenaha got a game-high 40 points from senior guard JaQualin Franks in the effort, the Tigers never trailed during the contest. Teammate Erik Smith scored 21 points to help in the win. Rebel Jacob Splawn had a team-high 25 points for Evadale.
By halftime Tenaha built their lead to 45-23 using an aggressive defensive press to force 9 Evadale turnovers. Tiger’s head coach Greg Jenkins kept fresh personnel in the game which helped THS wear down the Rebels and build their lead to 61-36 by the conclusion of the third stanza.
Tenaha outscored Evadale 28-20 in the final frame to build the game’s final score to 89-56. Tenaha came into the contest as the third place representative of District 22 2A. Evadale was the first place team for District 24. The Tigers will now face the second seed of District 22, Woden High School, Woden beat Broaddus 52-48 on Friday. Tenaha and Woden split a pair of games during district play with the Tigers winning the most recent matchup by a 52-48 score on February 12. The rematch will take place at Panola College in Carthage on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
February 22, 2019 - The Timpson Lady Bears have made history for Timpson ISD and will play in the regional tournament in Bryan Friday night, February 22nd at 8:00pm. Their opponent is Marlin. Good Luck Lady Bears!
February 21, 2019 - The Colmesneil Baseball Tourney and Cushing Softball Tourney have both been cancelled.
February 21, 2019 - The Dragons will play Friday, February 22 at Woodville High School against Hull-Daisetta. Game time is 7:00 pm and the Dragons will be the visitors.
Central Heights High School, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -
The Shelbyville Boys varsity basketball team avoided elimination by defeating the Gary Bobcats in a Bi-District UIL Playoff elimination game by an 85-46 score. The game was played at Central Heights High School which was a neutral site.
The Dragons jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never trailed during the contest. Junior Dragons’ point guard Jay Buckley had a game-high 31 points in the win. He had 15 points at halftime and 29 by the conclusion of the third period.
Shelbyville took a 22-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 45-20 at halftime. The Dragons went on a 15-0 run at the start of the third stanza and led 56-21 with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Jordan Boykins scored 19 points for the Dragons, Kolby Parker 12 points on 4, 3-pointers for the Dragons. Teammate Cole Ferguson added 8, LD Coleman 7, Jakevian Calhoun 4, H’Leighton McCleland 2, and Kurtric Allen also scored two points.
Cole McDaniel led the Gary Bobcats with ten points and was the only GHS player in double figures.
The Dragons, coached by David Schmidt, are now 33-3 for the season and will move to the Area Round of the UIL Playoffs. The time, opponent, and site of the next playoff game will be posted on Thursday.