The Shelby-Rising City boys basketball team’s upset bid slipped away Dec. 29 in the championship game of the Shelby-Rising City Holiday Tournament.

The Huskies led 20-17 at halftime and 30-29 entering the fourth quarter before Class C-2, No. 7 Arcadia/Loup City won the final eight minutes to escape with a 40-35 win.

“This is a tough one to swallow,” S-RC coach Grant Gabel said. “We played the best defensive game so far this year. We did everything we could do to win this game because of our defense. In the end we just couldn’t make enough plays on offense to win the game.”

Austin Coffin knocked down four 3-pointers scored a game-high 13 points for S-RC (3-5). Bailey Belt hit two treys and finished with 12 points.

Tige Calleroz scored 11 points to lead Arcadia/Loup City (8-0).

It was a defensive contest throughout as the Huskies limited Arcadia/Loup City to 14-for-41 shooting (34 percent) while hitting just 12 of 42 attempts (28 percent) on the offensive end.

The Huskies play Friday at Class D-2, No. 5 Exeter-Milligan.

December 29 at Shelby

A-LC 7 10 12 11 – 40

S-RC 14 6 10 5 – 35

Scoring - A-LC: Caleroz 11, Baker, Gerrelts 7, Maschka, Deamont, Sekutera 5.

S-RC: Coffin 13, Belt 12, Hoatson 6, Pinneo 4.

Rebounds- A-LC: Calleroz, Baker 6, Maschka 5

S_RC: Hoatson 7, Belt 5, Johnston 4.

Assists – S-RC: Pinneo 4

Steals – S-RC: Coffin, Hoatson 2

Huskies sink free throws to escape Patriots

Only six players scored Thursday night for Shelby-Rising City, but that was enough for the Huskies to escape with a 63-54 victory over Clarkson/Leigh.

S-RC led 16-11 after the first quarter and 28-24 at halftime. The Huskies doubled that advantage to take a 43-35 lead into the final quarter. The Patriots got to within a couple baskets, but was unable to grab the lead.

“We were able to make enough plays on offense tonight to put the game away in the fourth,” Gabel said. “We were able to ice the game in by going 11-13 from the free throw line.”

Jett Pinneo scored a game-high 17 points on just eight shot attempts for S-RC (3-4). He knocked down two 3-pointers and seven free throws to boost his total. Austin Coffin added 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting and Bailey Belt had 13 points.

Max Hoatson finished two points short of a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing 14 rebounds while handing out five assists.

Anthony Bruhn had 14 points for Clarkson/Leigh (0-9). Daniel Beller and Haden Held scored 12 points each and Garrett Schroeder was also in double figures with 11 points.

December 28 at Shelby

CL 11 13 11 19 - 54

S-RC 16 12 15 20 – 63

Scoring – CL: Bruhn 14, Beller, Held 12, Schroeder 11, Wiese 5

S-RC: Pinneo 17, Coffin 15, Belt 13, Hoatson, Johnston 8.

Rebounds – CL: Beller 9, Held 3.

S-RC: Hoatson 14, Belt 5, Coffin 4.

Assists – CL: Bruhn 6.

S-RC: Hoatson 5, Coffin 3, Pinneo 2

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