SHELBY — The Whippets returned to their winning ways Thursday night.
T.J. Pugh and Uriah Schwemley combined to score 29 second-half points as Shelby rolled to a 66-55 victory over Ontario in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action at Shelby High School.
Unlike in last week’s 55-48 loss at Clear Fork, the Whippets (3-1, 1-1) attacked the rim every chance they got Thursday. Pugh, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, and the 6-3 Schwemley were especially active in the paint.
“I feel like we’re really starting to play well together,” said Schwemley, who scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. “We were getting the ball to the rim and taking advantage of our size.”
The Warriors (1-1, 1-1) led 12-11 after the first quarter before the Whippets began to take control. Shelby opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
“For us to be successful, we’ve got to move the ball from one side to the other,” Ontario coach Joe Balogh said. “If you just play on one side and don’t force Shelby to move, their big guys are pretty good.”
The Whippets led 26-19 at the half but the Warriors cut the Shelby advantage to 31-26 on a Shaquan Coburn 3-pointer with 5:11 to play. The Whippets outscored Ontario 15-8 the rest of the period to take a comfortable 46-34 lead to the fourth. Pugh scored 12 of his game-high 22 in the third.
“We just moved the ball,” Pugh said. “We could see over their zone and get the ball inside easier.”
The Warriors refused to go quietly in the fourth quarter thanks largely to the sharp-shooting of Griffin Shaver. The sophomore scored 13 of his team-high 18 in the final period.
“We could never get rid of them,” Shelby coach Troy Schwemley said. “Shaver and Coburn are very nice players.”
Hunter Hoffman scored 13 points for the Whippets before suffering a knee injury in the third quarter. Nick Amstutz added nine.
“We had to get some lineups out there we’re not used to having,” Troy Schwemley said. “I thought our guys did a good job of playing through that.”
Coburn had 17 points for the Warriors. Ethan Keller had eight.