Late surge lifts Shelby boys over East Rutherford, 46-43
It could really only be described as a basketball war.
Just when Shelby made a run and built a lead, East Rutherford came back. And vice-versa.
But, in the end, three key rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers from Lions' junior Gabe DeVoe in the final minute pushed Shelby to a 46-43 win at East Rutherford Friday night. The win puts the Lions (15-2, 5-0 SMAC) in first place in the South Mountain Athletic Conference.
"At the high school level ... yeah, that would be a good way to describe it," said East Rutherford head coach Brad Levine. "It was a war."
The Lions established dominance early, using a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter to build up a 10-point lead — their largest at that point.
In the second quarter, the Cavaliers (11-4, 4-1 SMAC) were limited to just a pair of 3-pointers from Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez while Shelby had just three field goals. After building up the 10-point spread, Waldroup-Rodriguez hit his two 3s over the last 2 minutes of the half. Up to that point, the Cavaliers managed just three free-throws.
"We just didn't hit a lot of shots," Levine said.
The two field goals in the second combined to give East Rutherford just six in the half — four of which coming from Waldroup-Rodriguez.
But, in the second half, East Rutherford found its stride early with an 8-0 run to take a 27-22 lead at the 5:10 mark. Despite a run from Shelby, the Cavaliers were able to keep the lead, thanks to a late lay-up from Jarvis Hopper.
"We had a lot of chances to break the game open and we just came out flat," said Shelby head coach Aubrey Hollifield.
Going into the fourth quarter, DeVoe — who averages over 21 points per game — was held to just 10 over the first three quarters.
As both teams continued to slug it out, trading baskets as a 3-pointer from T.J. Watkins and a lay-up from Devonte Boykins off a steal pushed the Cavaliers to a 37-34, DeVoe took over.
Seconds after Boykins' lay-up, DeVoe drained a 3-pointer and, later, picked up a rebound, dribbled the length of the court and hit another. That put the Lions up 40-37 and, it was a lead they would not relinquish.
"Even though we know each other, we don't know each other, if you know what I mean," Hollifield said. "This was like a lot of games in the state finals."
Over the last 30 seconds, East Rutherford had opportunities to get back even, but attempts from Boykins and Waldroup-Rodriguez fell shy.
"The rebounds at costly times and DeVoe's 3 in the corner were big," Levine said. "When they went up by 3, we go and take the long, long 3s and they fall short."
DeVoe led all scorers with 16 as Waldroup-Rodriguez had 14 to lead the Cavaliers.
"They played 3 points better than we did," Levine said. "That's about the best way to put it."
at East Rutherford High School
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Shelby 13 9 8 16 — 46
E. Rutherford 10 9 13 11 — 43
SHELBY (46) — Gabe DeVoe 6 2-5 16, Cedric Cannon 4 1-5 9, Donte Falls 3 2-2 8, Spencer Clark 3 1-1 7, Chris Wray 3 0-0 6, Donte Dorsey 0 0-2 0. Totals: 19 6-15 46.
EAST RUTHERFORD (43) — Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez 5 0-0 14, Devonte Boykins 3 2-6 9, T.J. Watkins 2 3-4 8, Jarvis Hopper 2 1-2 5, Roddric Ross 2 0-0 5, Donald Wilkins 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 8-14 43.
3-point goals — Shelby 2 (DeVoe 2); East Rutherford 7 (Waldroup-Rodriguez 4). Rebounds — Shelby 33; East Rutherford 28. Turnovers — Shelby 16; East Rutherford 14. Total fouls — Shelby 16; East Rutherford 16. Fouled out — Shelby, Falls. Technical fouls — none.