Eagles' play irritates coach
WINCHESTER -- Shelbyville coach Kevin Thomas didn't have a lot to say after his Golden Eagles turned in a lackluster performance in a 65-49 District 8AAA loss at Franklin County Tuesday night.
"No leadership, no effort and no defense," was all Thomas said.
Over a long season, there will be games in which the shots may not fall offensively, but there's no excuse for a lack of effort on the defensive end of the court and that's what Thomas saw as four Rebels finished the game in double figures.
Phillip Mote led the Franklin County scoring attack with 15 tallies while Cody Darhum and Mike Hordon each collected 13 apiece and Chris Little added 11.
If there was one bright side for the Eagles it was guard Dequan Twilley's 22-point effort, including five 3-pointers.
Barry Stewart joined Twilley in double digits with 15 while freshman Chandler Gross contributed nine and Nick Tate added a 3-pointer to account for all the Eagles' points.
There was a decisive difference at the free-throw line as the Rebels went to the charity stripe 28 times, making 19, while the Eagles connected on 2-of-6 attempts. That 17-point difference played big in a 16-point loss.
The Eagles stayed within striking distance for the most part, trailing only 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, 29-22 at the half and 46-39 after three periods.