Rebels edge out Reed Point by 1, 37-36

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, January 3, 2020
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Enterprise photos by Ryan Peerboom

Kaden Acosta (12) whips a wraparound pass by two Reed Point defenders as he drives near the baseline at Shields Valley High School on Thursday. 

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Cole Flatt (30) passes out of the post as he’s outnumbered.

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Aidan Jenkins drives past a Reed Point defender.

Late-game heroics from the Flatt brothers propelled the Shields Valley basketball team in a sloppy win in their first game back in action after winter break. A game winner from Cole Flatt with eight seconds left was the difference in a 37-36 win over the Reed Point Renegades. 

The Rebels’ offense was working well in the first quarter, but the team still trailed 13-9 late in the quarter. Back-to-back scores, the second coming on a steal and layup from Dylan Flatt, tied the score as the quarter ended. 

Shields Valley couldn’t keep up their scoring pace in the second quarter. Shots stopped falling and good scoring opportunities grew scarce. The Rebels totaled just five points in the second, but managed to stay within two heading into the half. 

Reed Point distanced themselves from the Rebels in the third, going on a 7-0 run to build a comfortable lead. The Rebels were almost held scoreless for the quarter, but broke their dry spell with under a minute left in the third on a post layup from Aidan Jenkins off of an offensive rebound. Cole Flatt scored in the post shortly after and Jenkins closed the quarter with a free throw to close the gap. 

Trailing 31-25 in the fourth, a big 3-pointer from Dylan Flatt pulled the Rebels to within three. A few minutes later, Dylan found the bottom of the net again from deep to pull within one, 32-31.

Dylan said he needed to remain calm and settle down after shots weren’t falling for anybody in the second and third. 

“We weren’t hitting (shots), and you’ve just got to settle in, you’ve got to calm down and you just got to fire away,” he said.

After Dylan’s clutch shots, it was Cole’s turn to make an impact. He scored after rebounding a miss from Dylan to give the Rebels their first lead since the second quarter. He quickly turned around and intercepted a Renegade pass before they could even cross half court and passed it ahead to Jenkins for an easy layup and a 3-point lead. 

The lead didn’t last long. The Rebels turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions, resulting in easy buckets and a 36-35 lead for the Renegades. 

After a Shields Valley timeout, the Rebels couldn’t find any space on offense and were forced to burn another. Out of the second timeout, the Rebels found pay dirt. Jenkins drove to his right and found Cole under the hoop. Cole’s 5-foot floater found nothing but net and the Rebels led with just eight seconds remaining. 

Reed Point got a makeable look on their final possession, but the shot came nowhere near and the Rebels celebrated a close, albeit sloppy win. 

Cole said he was ready to step up with the game on the line. 

“We knew that there was a shot that needed to be made,” he said. “So when we have that person on the weak side, which was me, we had to get him open and finish.”

Jenkins led the way offensively with 14 points. Dylan added 13, most of which came from beyond the arc, and Cole added six. 

The Rebels struggled to score in the second and third. After totaling 13 points in the first, the Rebels scored just ten over the next two. Shields Valley head coach Jacob Fisher said a poor shot selection contributed to the scoring droughts.  

“I think we weren’t playing great defense and we weren’t taking the shots we wanted to take,” Fisher said. “We were settling for bad shots. Just because it’s open doesn’t mean it’s a good shot.”

In addition to shot selection, Fisher said effort played a role. Dylan already knew what his coach’s advice would be after the game. 

“As coach would say, we’ve got to kick it in fifth gear the entire game,” he said.

All in all, despite the missed shots and turnovers, the Rebels began the new year with a win after winter break. Fisher said he’s happy they could “grind it out” given the circumstances. 

“It feels good (to get the win),” he said. “It’s always worrisome coming out of Christmas break. You get a couple practices but everybody’s at home enjoying it with their families and eating a lot of food, so things like conditioning and mentally being here is tough.”

 

Up next

The Rebels are at home again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Clyde Park. The doubleheader will also feature the girls playing afterward at 7 p.m.

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