First off, let me start by saying that if you waited to show up to this game until after the tip, I don’t see how you found a seat. Kings Mtn.’s gym was packed out! Coming into the game we seen a 4-1 Shelby team lead by Clemson commit Gabe Devoe doing battle against the 4-2 Kings Mtn. team lead by unsigned Senior James Tillman. Both extremely talented players left it all on the floor. The first quarter was played very tightly and both teams were determined to set the tone early. However, Shelby was able to capture an 18-14 lead behind Devoe’s strong play. The second quarter was much of the same with Tillman dominating the paint and Devoe getting to the rim and creating points. At this point in the game, both teams were still fighting and the game was up in the air. Shelby held a 32-25 halftime lead.
The third quarter is when the cameras should have been out. We seen a monster two hand flush by Tillman and Devoe was showing that he is a force to be rekoned with. Shelby started to pull away late in the quarter and closed out the 3rd with a 54-40 lead. The fourth quarter seen Kings Mtn. try to mount a comeback, but Shelby proved to be too strong. Shelby put up 27 fourth quarter points and shut the door on Kings Mtn. winning the game 81-54.
Gabe Devoe-Lead all scorers with 36. It was his ability to score and get to the rim that really lifted this Shelby team to victory. Clemson is getting a diamond in the rough with this kid.
James Tillman-Put up a strong game and lead KM with 27 points. His play down low really showed he has potential to play at the college level.