Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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December 24, 2012

Stew-Stras falls

SHELBYVILLE — The Shelbyville Rams had the Stew-Stras Comets’ number in the first half Friday.

But the Comets had a 21-7 run in the third to make it a two-point game heading into the fourth.

Darin Breeden, in his first game back from injury, sparked the Ram four and Shelbyville pulled away to win, 64-56.

What was expected to be a battle in the paint between Shelbyville’s 6-7 Brody Bence and Stew-Stras’ big body Justin Fulk never materialized. In the first half they guarded different people.

Fulk has been steady all season scoring in the 20s and Bence has been off and on. Bence scored a season-high 32 on Tuesday, after being scoreless last Friday.

The game was all Shelby early as their defense denied Fulk the ball and the Ram offense picked up where it left off on Tuesday.Bence scored twice in the 1st and Nate Standerfer, who had 15 on Tuesday, recorded a three-point hat trick in the 1st. Fulk scored three times, but the Comets had just one trey. Shelby led by six after one, 19-13.

In the second, the Rams went on a 19-9 run to extend their lead to 16 at the half, 38-22.Bence scored five times from the floor in the 2nd and Standerfer had another triple. The Comets had just two field goals.

Stew-Stras came out of the locker room with some added fire, making a game of it in the third quarter with a big run.Shelbyville traveled and Fulk scored inside.

Jason Becker stole the ball on the next Ram possession. Shelby turned the ball over for the third straight possession and Brandon Helmuth scored, was fouled and made the three-point play, 38-27.

Luke McConnell had a free throw and Bence scored on a bunny, but Helmuth answered with a three-pointer, 41-32. It was the start of a 7-0 run.Becker scored off another Ram turnover and Fulk had a catch and bank in the paint, 41-36.

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