Shiners News · Shiners lose by 1 to defending State Champs in Sectional Opener

It takes everything to win a sectional championship and that’s exactly what the Shiners gave in Tuesday’s Sectional 60 opener at Southwestern (Shelby).  The task at hand was to defeat the #8 ranked and defending State Champion Morristown Yellow Jackets in one of the first games played in the 109th IHSAA Basketball tournament. The Shiners struck first taking a 2-0 lead to start the game but Morristown finished the the quarter leading 15-8.  The Shiner’s defense took center stage in the 2nd quarter holding the Jackets to 7 points. The quarter culminated with a 3 pointer by Senior Wesley Rider to give the Shiners a 25-22 advantage at the half.  Both teams took and gave punches in the 3rd quarter scoring 16 points each as the Shiners held a 41-38 advantage going to the 4th.  The 4th quarter was exactly what you would expect from 2 teams playing for their tournament lives as the score went back and forth until the final horn sounded.  The Shiner’s took a 56-55 lead on a 2 point basket by Senior Noah Pflum with 21 seconds left.  Morristown Mr. Everything Logan Laster took the ball in his hands and drove to the basket and scored and got fouled with 12 seconds left.  Laster missed the free throw and the Shiners got the rebound pushed the ball to half court and called a timeout with 7 seconds left trailing 57-56.  The Shiners in bounded the ball trying to get a driving basket at the rim. but PG Noah Pflum was shut down on his drive attempt but found Wesley Rider spotting up for a 3 pointer with some space.  Rider stroked the shot which looked pure as it left his hands.  The shot was on line but hit the back of the rim and kicked out and Nick Koons was able to grab it and get up a last desperate heave that was not to be as the Shiner’s fell 57-56.  The Shiners were led by Senior Wesley Rider with 18 points, however the Shiners were sparked by Junior post player TJ Manifold who played inspired basketball scoring 16 points off the bench.  Senior’s Nick Koons, Noah Pflum and Jake Bovard had 8, 6 and 3 points respectively. Sophomore Landon Cole rounded out the scoring for the Shiners with 5 points.  The Yellow Jackets were led by Logan Laster with 26 points and Kyle Crim with 13.  The Shiners completed the 2018-19 season with a record of 10-13.