Redmen knock off Shelby, 38-31, to end 3-game slide
By BRAD FRANK
Gazette Sports Editor
SHELBY — The Bellevue Redmen knocked off the Shelby Whippets, 38–31, on Friday in varsity boys basketball action.
Entering the game, Shelby still had Northern Ohio League title aspirations.
At 6–2 in the league, Shelby needed to win its final two NOL games, while league leader Norwalk would have had to lose its final two games in order for the two teams to split the NOL title. Friday’s loss ruined Shelby’s chances of doing so, while Norwalk beat Willard to clinch the league crown outright for the second straight season.
Bellevue demonstrated, a slow deliberate offense Friday against Shelby, just like it did in the previous Friday’s game against Norwalk.
The result was Bellevue’s lowest scoring game all season.
Bellevue led 8–4 after the first quarter and 12–8 at halftime.
The Redmen tallied a game-high 18 points in the third quarter, to push their lead to 12 points, 30–18.
Shelby outscored Bellevue 13–8 in the fourth quarter, as the Redmen shot just 6-of-14 from the free-throw line in the period.
Bellevue coach Mike Raifsnider explained why his team utilized the same game plan against Shelby as it did against Norwalk.
“When you play against Norwalk and the type of athletes they have, you look at some of the other opponents you go against to see if you can do the same thing,” Raifsnider said. “We felt we could exploit some of the people Shelby had and get our guys who are quicker and can handle the ball to beat their guys off the dribble.
“We were deliberate but we weren’t trying to stall. We were just trying to get the best shot we could get.”
Bellevue senior Derek Smith led the team in scoring Friday with 12. Fellow senior Trent Stamm added nine points. Jalen Santoro and Charles Dendinger posted six apiece.
Shelby was led by Andrew Baird’s eight points, while Grant Fenner and Austin Rohde had seven each.
The Redmen finished 8-of-18 from the free-throw line Friday, while the Whippets did not attempt a free throw.
Bellevue senior Dalton Jarvis returned to action Friday for the first time in a month, after being sidelined with an injury. Jarvis practiced Thursday for the first time since his injury.
Raifsnider described how Jarvis performed Friday in his return.
“He got on the floor, and his minutes were limited, but he played well,” Raifsnider said of Jarvis, who scored five points Friday.
Bellevue’s upset of Shelby on Friday ended a season-high three-game losing streak for the Redmen and evened their season record at 10–10 with a 3–6 NOL mark. Shelby dropped to 12–7 overall and 6–3 in the league.
Raifsnider described how it felt to earn a win after the three straight losses.
“I was just proud of the way the kids bounced back, dealing with the bit of adversity,” he said. “I thought we had a nice week of practice; we refocused.
“We just went out there and played 32 complete minutes of basketball.”
Bellevue will host Clyde tonight in a non-league contest, while Shelby will visit Kenton also in non-league play.
Shelby’s junior varsity edged Bellevue, 47–45, on Friday.
Bellevue trailed by 14 entering the fourth quarter and posted a 20–8 advantage in an effort that came up shy.
Casey Evans led Shelby with 13 points, while Brandon Schneider followed with 12.
Thomas Pressler paced Bellevue with 14 points, which included four made 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Kenyon Missler tallied seven for the Redmen, while Shane Miller and Clay Fries each had six.
Derek Smith 5–1-12, Jalen Santoro 2–2-6, Charles Dendinger 2–1-6, Trent Stamm 2–3-9, Dalton Jarvis 2–1-5. Totals 13–8-38.
Austin Rohde 3–0-7, Triston Kehres 3–0-6, Andrew Baird 4–0-8, Lucas Bihl 1–0-3, Grant Fenner 3–0-7. Totals 14–0-31.
Score by quarter
Bellevue 8 4 18 8 — 38
Shelby 4 4 10 13 — 31
Cole Norman 1–0-2, Dylan DeWitt 1–0-2, Kenyon Missler 3–1-7, Quinton Brimmer 1–0-2, Thomas Pressler 5–0-14, Shane Miller 2–2-6, Ross Gerwin 0–2-2, Clay Fries 2–2-6, Grant Vickery 2–0-4. Totals 17–7-45.
Brandon Schneider 4–1-12, Jacob Hostetler 1–2-4, Corey Cox 2–1-5, Tyler Crain 1–1-4, Casey Evans 5–0-13, Tanner Orr 4–0-9. Totals 17–8-47.
Score by quarter
Bellevue 11 6 8 20 — 45
Shelby 18 6 15 8 — 47