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By Troy Treasure
With 2:01 to go in the third period Saturday night versus Scotland County, North Shelby held a 10-point, 42-32, lead.
16 seconds of clock later, NS was up 17.
Brendyn McDaniel scored 16 points and Kyle Smith added 13 as the fourth-seeded Raiders (9-5) defeated the No. 3 Tigers 67-56 to win the 33rd annual North Shelby Tournament championship.
NS had last won its own tourney in 2013.
Earlier in the evening, the North Shelby girls put away South Shelby 66-44. 1993 was the last time both squads won their tournament in the same year.
“Credit to the kids because at the beginning of the year when we did our goals, both teams, that was almost one of the first things they said. We want to win our tournament. Not just get there, but we want to win it,” head coach Landon Daniel said.
“I’m so proud of them for achieving that goal.”
As the third period ticked down, North Shelby’s Silas Presson was fouled. A technical foul was called on an SCHS player.
Presson calmly made both ends of a 1-and-1 and both Ts. Maintaining possession, Casey Shockley splashed a trifecta. Shortly thereafter, the period ended with the Raiders ahead 51-36.
At the contest’s start, Scotland County jumped out to a 10-4 advantage. Daniel called timeout.
That chit-chat resulted in a 14-0 Raiders outburst, eight of the points from McDaniel including two 3s. NS never relinquished the lead.
“They already knew what I was going to say in the timeout,” Daniel said. “One of our things we talk about all the time is our first four minutes and we came out in the first four minutes flat.
“These kids, it amazes me how well they listen. I said, “Hey, we need to get jacked up, we need to get back on defense,” Daniel continued. “We switched from the 1-2-2 back to our 1-3-1 and that helped tremendously. The kids really like to run that. We got a couple of tips, deflections and some transition points.”
North Shelby led 18-10 at the end of the first, 30-25 at halftime.
Scotland County certainly held more than a puncher’s chance in the final period, but McDaniel’s trey midway through pushed NS up 14, 59-45.
North Shelby finished the job with free throws. In the fourth, J.D. Rich made seven foul shots. Smith had two. For what was a physical game from the get-go, the Raiders went 19 of 27. The Tigers made 4 of 15.
“The week was absolutely crazy,” Brendyn McDaniel said upon reflection. “Every time we play South, it’s a big rival game.
“Of course, we had Kyle Smith go 14 for 14 at the free-throw line against Knox County,” McDaniel added. “Taking down the first-seed Knox County, that was a really, really big thing for us because they beat us earlier in the season. That was a revenge game for us. We knew we could beat them.”
Carson Harrison scored a game-high 22 points for the Tigers. Kabe Hamlin and Xavier Lucas had 11 each.