The Shelton boys’ basketball team’s season came to an end Friday night in the 2019 West Central / Southwest 3A Boys District Basketball Tournament. The Highclimbers lost to Wilson in double overtime 74 to 71.
Shelton trailed the Rams by five points in the first quarter as they had trouble adjusting defensively to the size and strength of Wilson’s Dominique Ellison who scored 8 of his 14 points in the first four minutes of the game. The Highclimbers switch to a zone defense and were down by two (15 to 13) heading into the second quarter.
The zone continued to be effective in the second as Shelton built a 10-point lead behind Kyler Gall who scored 8 of his 13 points in the second quarter. The Highclimbers headed to the locker room at the half up 34 to 25.
Shelton’s lead increased to 15 points in the third quarter with the help of Tyler Auld who scored 8 of his 13 points in the quarter. At that point, the Rams added a full court trapping press and the Highclimbers started to commit turnovers which lead to Wilson points. by the end of the third, Shelton’s lead was eight (46 to 38).
Wilson was relentless with its pressure in the fourth and the Rams methodically found cracks in the Highclimbers’ zone, tying the game with just over two minutes remaining. Wilson was able to go up three (56 to 53) in the final minute of regulation but Shelton’s Ty Thompson tied it up by hitting a free throw and completing a three-point play and regulation ended tied at 56.
In the first overtime, the Highclimbers had opportunities to put the game away but failed to take advantage of those opportunities and had to play the final 1:21 without Thompson who fouled out. The first OT ended tied at 60.
There was more scoring in the second overtime but Shelton made too many errors done the stretch and Wilson was able to build a seven-point lead and hold on for a rematch with Timberline for fifth place in the District.
The Rams were led in scoring by Caniel Santana’s 19 points. Dominiqu Ellison finished with 14. And Kiwanis Thomas added 12.
The Highclimbers had five players score in double digits. Ty Thompson finished with 17. Tyler Auld and Kyler Gall each had 13 but Gall was hampered by leg cramps in the second half and Wilson shut down Auld in the fourth quarter and overtime. Jason Kenyon added 12. And Casey Badillo-Brown chipped in 10.
For the second year in a row, Shelton ends its season after three games in Districts going 1-and-2 in the tournament finishing with a 13-and-10 record.