Raiders Season Ends Against Tigers
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By Marlana Smith
North Shelby earned their way to the Class 1 Quarterfinals matchup against Wellsville-Middletown on Saturday, March 6, 2022. The game was held at Truman State University. The Tigers (20-6) came away with a 66-59 victory.
The Raiders (21-7) were led by Robert Uhlmeyer with 21 points. Brendyn McDaniel claimed 11 and Landon Bender had 10 points.
“Nobody would have said we were a potential final four team at the beginning of the year,” said NS head coach Landon Daniel. “That shows you how much these guys have worked and how much character they have. They really want to play for each other.”
Wellsville-Middletown claimed the first five points of the game. Uhlmeyer got the Raiders on the board after splashing in a 3-pointer. The Tigers’s Logan Pursifull scored and he was followed by North Shelby’s JD Rich. Pursifull extended the Tigers lead by three points. McDaniel brought the score to 9-8 after he was good for the bucket after making a steal. Wellsville-Middletown added six points to its advantage ending the first quarter.
The Raiders only scored 10 points in the second period. Bender and Uhlmeyer each had four and Rich scored two. The Tigers extended its lead 29-18 at the half.
North Shelby earned 14 points in the third quarter and held the Tigers to 15. Uhlmeyer tallied six. Bender scored four while Carson Orr and McDaniel had two.
The Raiders fought to bring the score to 49-41. Uhlmeyer scored a three and McDaniel, Kyle Smith and Orr, each scored. Smith brought the score even closer after scoring. Uhlmeyer hit a 3-pointer with a little over four minutes left in the game. The Raiders only scored two points in the next minute. With 2:25 on the clock, the Tigers held a 58-48 lead. Wellsville-Middletown was led by senior Keaton Mayes who had 21 points.
The Raiders will be saying goodbye to five seniors.
“Kyle (Smith) and Rob (Uhlmeyer) probably have the most playing time out of all of them. They were thrown in there at a young age and done tremendously well,” said Daniel. “You’ve got guys like Noah Greenwell and Landon Bender that had to fight for playing time and worked their tails off and got it.
“Everybody says Carson (Orr) is a football player, but he is a really good basketball player too. He is a very defensive guy, an energy guy and I am proud of him for sticking with it.