Whippets Score 1st Outright
League Title Since 1999
Shelby fended off a late scare from visiting River Valley to score the program's first outright league championship since 1999 with an 86-79 win over the Vikings.
The high powered Whippets (15-3) offense had them in front throughout the night, taking a 20-12 advantage into the second and led 38-31 at the half. River Valley (10-9) would inch closer with a 23-22 scoring edge in the third but quickly fell behind by a dozen in the opening minutes of the final frame.
The school would recognize stud distance runner Caleb Brown during the game, who was named the Gatorade Cross-Country Runner of the Year for the state of Ohio, and also ran the fastest 3,200 meters in the USA at the SPIRE Showcase on Sunday with a blazing time of 8:54:86.
The Vikings would come storming back in the final three minutes, however, with Ethan Bell going off for 16 fourth quarter points, trimming Shelby's lead all the way down to two with over a minute remaining. Then T.J. Pugh would come up with a huge play for the Whippets to help cement the victory, driving baseline for a clutch bucket plus the foul to keep his squad unblemished in MOAC play at 11-0
Pugh would finish the night with 29 pts with six 3-pointers, while Jonny Devito added 15 pts and Cody Lantz scored 14. Bell poured in a game-high 30 for River Valley, who also got a huge game from leading scorer Dylan Johnson with 24 pts and 11 from Jahki Henderson.
Shelby can finish off a perfect MOAC season with a win at Galion (2-16) on Friday.