DeVoe’s big night leads Shelby by Chase
Sometimes one player can make all the difference. Shelby’s Gabe DeVoe proved that by scoring 36 points, which wound up being the margin of victory for the Golden Lions, 87-51, over Chase (5-11, 1-9 SMAC)
“You take DeVoe off the floor and we played even with them,” said Chase head coach Joe Jessen. “He’s just such a talent. He was hitting them from out at the volleyball line. There’s not much you can do about that. I still think we need to play better defense though to be competitive.”
Shelby jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but Daniel Freeman tried to keep his team in the game with a reverse layup. Moments later Tyrell Boykins canned a 3, but the Trojans could not stop Gabe DeVoe, The senior torched the nets for 22 first quarter points as Shelby led 34-10.
Freeman opened the second quarter with a bucket for Chase as they settled down and stayed with Shelby for most of the quarter. Midway through the frame, the Golden Lions were leading the period 11-8. The visitors then went on another long run before Caleb Lancaster went on a personal 5-0 run and Malik Young hit a 3 at the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to 57-26.
That momentum was short lived as DeVoe scored seven quick points coming out of the locker room. The Trojans continued to fight as Young found his stroke from the outside, hitting two 3s. He also found Lancaster on a backdoor play, but Chase still trailed 74-37 going into the final quarter.
Despite the score, the fourth quarter was full of highlights for Chase. Tyrese McSwain had a pair of buckets while Brandon Hill also scratched the scorebook.
It was Freeman, however, who brought the crowd to its feet as he threw the ball the length of the court as the final buzzer sounded. It banked off the backboard and fell through the net to provide the final tally.
DeVoe led all scorers with 36 points while Young had 16 for Chase.
SHS^34 23 17 13 SEmD 87
CHS^10 16 11 14 SEmD 51
SHS - G. DeVoe 36 points
CHS - M. Young 16 points
Thomas Jefferson 70, Cherryville 66
TJCA - Mason Fenner 21, Efrim Borders 14, Chris Mintz 13