(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
The Golden Eagles turned in their best performance of the season and out played the Falcons the entire game but a few mistakes late in the game along with a call or two that didn't go their way proved to be costly.
"I like the way we played like a team and for the first I think we really played to our potential," Central coach Stan Eggleston said. "We made a few mental mistakes at crucial times that cost us late in the game, but I can't fault our effort."
The Eagles used a 11-0 run midway through the opening frame to post a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Falcons outscored Shelbyville 19-16 to cut the lead to 33-28 by halftime and rallied in the third stanza to lead 43-42 after three periods.
The game remained close throughout the fourth quarter but the Eagles went up 50-46 with 3:01 left to play off a basket by sophomore Tavis Allison. However, the Falcons closed out the game with five unanswered points to claim the one-point victory.
Senior Holt Parsons made a steal to give Shelbyville the ball in the closing seconds but the Eagles never got a shoot off.
"We kind of got into a frantic pace there at the end and we should have done a better job of running our offense to set up a game-winning shot," Eggleston said. "Despite that, you can't take away how hard our guys played and this game is something we can build off of for future games."
BJ Thompson led the winners with 21 points while Justin Blackwell netted 11 and Tradarius Christian 10.
Tavist Allison led Shelbyville with 12 points with Tyias Allison contributing 10.
The Eagles travel to Smyrna on Tuesday night at 7:30.
Lincoln Co. 9 19 15 8 -- 51
Shelbyville 17 16 9 8 -- 50
Lincoln Co.: Thompson 21, Blackwell 11, Christian 10, Hadler 7, Lewter 2.
Shelbyville: Tavist Allison 12, Tyias Allison 10, Smith 8, Carpenter 4, Parsons 4, Leslie 4, Ward 4, Ray 3, Parsons 1.
3-points goals: Shelbyville (4): Tyias Allison 2, Smith 1, Ray 1; Lincoln Co. (3) - Christian 2, Thompson 1.
Halftime score: Shelbyville 33, Lincoln Co. 28.