Shelbyville Heads to the Region III Tournament
For the fourth year in a row, the No. 4 ranked Shelbyville Dragons are headed to the 2A Region III
Basketball tournament. The Dragons have played their way past two opponents ranked within the top
25 in only four days.
Last Friday, the Dragons traveled to Hudson to face the No. 20 ranked Broaddus Bulldogs. Things did not
start smoothly for Shelbyville, as they found themselves down 9-0 to start the game.
“We never panicked; we didn’t even call a timeout. We just kept playing. Defensively, the second
quarter they only scored two points. We outscored them 16-2 in the second quarter. I knew that they
would have a hard time with the way that we play defense. They haven’t seen that kind of defense, so
eventually it wore them down,” said Shelbyville Coach David Schmitt.
Shelbyville would end the first quarter down 18-14, but by halftime the Dragons had established a 32-20
lead over the Bulldogs. Their momentum carried over into the second half, with the third period ending
49-27. Jay Buckley took over for the Dragons offering up a 37-point game on the way to a 77-46
Fast forward to this past Tuesday, and the Dragons were the first game in a doubleheader at Robert H.
Shelton Gymnasium at Stephen F. Austin State University. Shelbyville was paired with the No. 21 Gary
Bobcats, and No. 8 Tenaha faced the No. 9 San Augustine Wolves. Adding to the fun of an already
competitive doubleheader is the fact that all four head coaches involved are SFA graduates, making this
a special night for each of them.
Shelbyville never faltered in their Regional Quarterfinal matchup with the Bobcats. Buckley picked up
right where he left off with the Bulldogs adding 15 points in the first period. Jordan Boykins started what
would be a phenomenal night with three buckets from three-point land. Shelbyville ended the first
quarter with a 30-13 lead over the Bobcats.
Boykins would go on to add three more shots from beyond the three-point line in the second. Brayden
Hand got involved offensively with five points, while Buckley continued to put on a clinic with another
nine points. Headed into the locker room at halftime, the score rested at 55-27, Dragons.
Gary was never able to recover from the early deficit and would eventually fall 89-59 to the Dragons.
“I think the atmosphere, for us, we’re used to it playing at the Alamo Dome, so the big gym, I think,
worked in our favor. Plus, we just came out ready to play. Jordan Boykins shot the ball really well, and
we played really fast. We scored 30 points. That’s the most points we’ve scored in a quarter, so we
jumped on them. The bigger the arena the better for these guys,” said Schmitt.
Boykins was money all night totaling 21 points all from beyond the three-point line. Jay Buckley cashed
in his second game in a row with over 30 points, this time with a 34-point total. For anyone keeping
count that’s 71 points in only two games.
“[Buckley’s] really attacking the basket, but he’s also hit a couple three-point shots. A lot of people don’t
realize what a good three-point shooter he is, because he doesn’t shoot it very much, because he knows
he can get to the basket, but in practice, he’s one of the best three-point shooters we’ve got,” Schmitt
Shelbyville now heads to Bryan to face off against the Crawford Pirates on Friday, March 6 at 8:00 PM.