Saturday's 55-39 victory over Grapeland sets up Shelbyville trip to State UIL Boys Playoffs in San Antonio

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Win over Grapeland propels Dragons to State UIL Final Four

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 BRYAN — Saturday, March 2, just before 1 p.m. the Shelbyville Dragons took the court to play for the AA Region III Championship and a second straight trip to the State Basketball Tournament. Their opponent was the Grapeland Sandies, champions of District 20AA. The previous night the gym was packed as all four teams still had a shot, and during Saturday’s game, most Grapeland fans were apparently following their girls’ team as they played for the state championship.

Most fans were not impressed with the facilities in which the game was played, but the hundreds of Dragon fans present got their money’s worth in the win over Lovelady and they certainly saw the most unusual game the Dragons’ have played so far this season in the match against Grapeland.

The first half turned out to be a real defensive battle as neither team could find the basket consistently.

Senior Kurtrick Allen once again controlled the tip to begin a game in which he would be the provider of some spectacular moments for the fans to witness.

In the first quarter, the only points scored for Shelbyville would be a basket by Senior Cole Ferguson to open the scoring and then Allen would make the second of two free throw attempts to give Shelbyville a total of three points for the quarter.

Cadarian Wiley would make only the first of two charity shots to give the Sandies one point, and the first quarter score stood at Shelbyville 3, Grapeland 1.

In the second period, junior Jordan Boykins made a pair of three-pointers, Allen had an acrobatic putback and was fouled. He was able to make the additional free throw for three points, Ferguson was two for two on free throws, and sophomore L. D. Coleman dropped in a bucket giving the Dragons 13 points in the second.

Grapeland had the first possession and would score five points, a bucket by Dacorian Bryant, and one free throw each by Keriaun Davis, Keizion Ashford, and Wiley.

As the teams headed to the locker rooms the score read 16-6 in favor of the Dragons. The first half had been tied once at three each and the Dragons had not trailed.

As the third started, Grapeland managed seven points for the quarter, a bucket and three charity shots by Wiley and a bucket by Ashford. The Dragons inbounded first and managed to drop 17 as junior Jay Buckley got his first points of the game scoring nine points on a three and thee more buckets.

The Dragons began to work the ball inside to Ferguson who had three baskets for six points, and Coleman picked up another bucket.

The fourth began with the Dragons up 33-13. The Sandies would inbound and score 26 points in the fourth, but it would not be enough as the Dragons tallied 22 themselves.

Wiley exploded for 13 points for Grapeland. Rick Frauenberger would add six on two buckets and two free throws, Bryant would add a three, Ashford two points, and Davis two on free throws.

For the Dragons, points came from Buckley with seven points on two buckets and three free throws, Boykins with three free throws, Ferguson four points on two buckets, and Allen had eight points, a slam, an alley-oop drop in, and the final basket of the game which saw Buckley and Allen running down the court on a break, Buckley tossing the ball up and off the backboard as Allen went up and came down with the ball on a one-handed slam which sent the Dragon fans into a frenzy. The final score was Dragons 55, Sandies 39.

Unofficially, Buckley was leading scorer with 16, Ferguson had 14, Allen had 12, Boykins had nine, and Coleman had four. The Dragons went to the line 17 times, making nine.

The Dragons, having a record of 37-3, have won their second consecutive Region 3 championship and will play in the first game of the state tournament this week at the Alamodome in San Antonio.\

Earning all-tournament honors for the Dragons were Cole Ferguson, Jordan Boykins, and the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament was awarded to Jay Buckley.

The Dragons received their team championship trophy and then cut the net player by player, the final cut being made by head coach Dave Schmitt.

Please check out photo gallery by Rachel Renaeu from Saturday's Region III AA Championship game win over Grapeland

Win over Grapeland propels Dragons to State UIL Final Four