SILO - To protect their house, the Silo Rebels went to their House.
The senior leadership of the Rebels scored 50 of the team’s 62 points Tuesday in a 62-52 win over Tushka, with 25 from Kendall Shives and a break-out game for Lance House with 19 points.
House scored seven during a rough patch in the third quarter in which the Tigers closed to within a basket. He had Silo’s only field goals of the period in a 14-9 run for Tushka.
Then Shives carried the load in the fourth with 11 of the Rebels’ 21 points, including 5-for-8 free throw shooting in the closing minutes.
He got help from a true team play early in the quarter which sparked a 6-0 Silo start: Speedy freshman Bryce Brister stole the ball under the Tushka basket and outlet-passed to Leonard Sandler. He found Jarris Hamilton for his timely first basket of the game.
The victory improves Silo to 11-4 on the season and more importantly sets the Rebels apart as the last remaining undefeated team in the Bryan County Conference. Tushka falls to 14-2.
“This puts us in control of the conference title, but it’s a long way from over,” said Silo Coach Dax Simon. “I’m sure we’ll see these guys again down the road. We’ll try to get buckled up and not get too big-headed.”
Silo built a 26-15 first-half lead on three-pointers from Tanner Clark and Shives, as well as an emphatic dunk from House. The lead was whittled to seven by halftime before the Tigers made their second-half run.
Isaac Cooper led the Tushka effort with 33 points. The Tigers travel to Antlers this Friday for a re-match with the Bearcats just one week after defeating them 52-43 in the Tushka Tournament.
Silo will visit Colbert on Friday for the Leopards’ homecoming night.
Silo girls 46 Tushka 45
The Lady Rebels’ big names had big games Tuesday, but the night’s biggest plays belonged to some of Silo’s unsung heroes.
Karissa Marshall grabbed her only rebound of the game in the final minute, setting up Mary Grider’s pass to Katlyn Halley underneath the basket for the go-ahead points. They were Halley’s only points of the game, a 46-45 comeback win over Tushka.
“We came out flat, but we kept ourselves in position to win and we were able to finally take the lead,” said Silo Coach Dax Simon. “It was a good team win for us and the girls are playing a lot better.”
Mary Grider led the scoring with 21 points, weathering a stretch of eight consecutive missed shots before going 5-for-7 down the stretch. Hannah Bourne had a magnificent night in the middle with 13 points, six boards and five blocked shots.
Riley Newton added 10 points and two steals for Silo. Jayden Eaves (22 points, seven rebounds) and Jaylee Eaves (12 points, seven rebounds) led the Lady Tigers.
Tushka took an imposing 18-8 lead over Silo after one quarter as Jaylee Eaves and Kelsey Chambers connected for threes. But Silo cut the lead to two on Newton’s seven second-quarter points before Jayden Eaves dropped a three just before the half to get Tushka up 27-22.
Grider scored 15 of her 21 in the second half to pace the comeback. Silo tied the game early in the fourth when Newton found Bourne down low who spun for two.
The Lady Tigers would rebuild a five-point lead before Silo turned it up a notch to secure the win.