Shelbyville Dragons hold on to defeat Garrison 54-47
The biggest news circulating right now in the realm of basketball is that of the untimely death of NBA
legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant has touched the lives of many young athletes, and those of Shelby County
are no different.
“Kobe has always been my favorite player ever since I started playing basketball. It really got to me
when he passed in the helicopter crash this past week,” said Shelbyville senior Jordan Boykins.
During Shelbyville’s matchup with the Garrison Bulldogs on Tuesday night, Boykins paid tribute to the
late NBA star by wearing Kobe Bryant’s number, 24, instead of his typical number, 15. Boykins would
end the night with nine points on three shots from beyond the three-point line.
The Dragons have been on a bit of a roller-coaster over the course of the past two weeks. Things started
off on a high after the Dragons defeated the Tenaha Tigers at Tenaha in an overtime thriller. In the very
next game, Shelbyville’s goal of a second consecutive undefeated district championship would be laid
low by the San Augustine Wolves. The Dragons bounced back with a dominating performance over the
Martinsville Pirates, followed by Tuesday night’s close call with the Garrison Bulldogs.
Garrison entered the game with two victories over San Augustine but one loss to the Dragons, so
anything was possible in this district matchup. Shelbyville ended the first quarter with a 13-11 lead over
Garrison, but things took a dicey turn late in the second period when Kolby Parker was called for a
blocking penalty. Boykins received a technical foul for throwing up a half-court shot after the call, and
shortly thereafter Parker received one as well for arguing his case for a charge rather than the perceived
block. Luckily for the Dragons, Garrison’s first shooter missed both free throws, however, the second
shooter sank both of his shots. Shelbyville would hold onto their lead and headed to the locker room
with the scoreboard reading 28-23 in their favor.
The third period saw the Bulldogs trim the lead back down to three, as the Dragons led 39-36. They
were able to tie the score up late in the third and then again early in the fourth. Garrison continued to
nip at Shelbyville’s heels, but they would ultimately fall 54-47.
Shelbyville senior Jay Buckley was a nightmare for the Bulldogs. Buckley would end the night with 36
points, a feat made even more impressive when considering that Buckley was double-teamed from the
opening whistle. Buckley caused havoc on defense as well, stealing the ball and scoring on the resulting
turnover on several occasions.
“[Buckley is] a competitor and wants to win at everything he does,” said Shelbyville Head Basketball
Coach David Schmitt. “[Garrison] did a good job. They had two really good guys on him all game long.
That’s tough to do.”