Shelbyville celebrates 2A title over Gruver
Shelbyville led for 30 minutes and dominated Gruver to win the Class 2A state title, 67-48 at the Alamodome on Saturday.
It’s the program’s first championship since 1984.
Gruver (18-5) led 5-2, but the Dragons (39-3) finished the opening period on a 19-2 run. Jay Buckley hit a bucket with 23 seconds left to help Shelbyville take a 21-7 lead into the second quarter.
Buckley scored a game-high 28 points on 11 of 22 shooting. He added 8 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Dragons increased their run to 24-2 following a layup and 3-pointer from Buckley. Jordan Boykins, who scored 19 points, hit a 3 to push their lead to 20 midway through the second quarter.
Shelbyville got up as much as 24 after Buckley hit a jumper in the third as the Dragons led 48-24.
The Dragons shot 49 percent from the floor and went 7 of 11 from behind the arc. Cole Ferguson chipped in 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Gruver was led by star wide receiver, junior Jalin Conyers, who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He had 33 points and 13 boards in the Greyhounds’ semifinal win over Martin’s Mill on Friday.