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Junior guard Sterling Smith dribbles past Oakland defender Isaiah Egueebor as he goes to the basket for a layup.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
MURFREESBORO -- After a slow start, Shelbyville Central finished strong but it was too little too late in a 70-55 loss at Oakland in a non-district match up on Tuesday.

After falling behind 17-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles (4-15) settled down and played pretty well.

The Patriots posted leads of 32-19 at the intermission and 48-35 after three periods.

Shelbyville connected on six 3-pointers in the second half to stay in the game, but Oakland's height advantage proved to be more than the sharpshooters could overcome.

"Any time your are at a disadvantage in height, you've really got to do a good job of blocking out and we didn't do that," Central coach Stan Eggleston said.

"They dominated the boards and scored a lot of points inside the paint."

Kyle Oliver did most of the damage for the Patriots, scoring a game-high 24 points. Emmanuel Smith followed with 13 tallies and George Stanberry added 11.

Junior Brayden Ward paced the Eagles with 14 points while Sterling Smith netted 13, including three treys while Kendall Ray added a dozen with a pair of 3-pointers.

The Eagles struggled at the charity stripe, only cashing in on 9-of-19 attempts while Oakland connected on 11-of-18.

"We shot the ball much better in the second half and hit some 3-pointers, but you're not going to win many basketball games giving up 70 points," Eggleston said, "I think we're a much better defensive team that we showed tonight."

Shelbyville will look for its first District 8-AAA win of the season at home Friday night against Columbia at 7:30.

Shelbyville 8 11 16 20 -- 55

Oakland 17 15 16 19 -- 70

Shelbyville: Ward 14, Smith 13, Ray 12, Leslie 6, Davis 3, Tavis Allison 3, Carpenter 2, Trollinger 2.

Oakland: Oliver 24, Smith 13, Stanberry 11, Lippert 9, Givens 6, Dunnway 2, Howse 2, Gaines 2, Egueebor 1.

3-point goals: Shelbyville (8): Smith 3, Ward 2, Ray 2, Leslie 1; Oakland (1): Stanberry 1.

Halftime score: Oakland 32, Shelbyville 19.

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