Rebels go 0-2 over weekend

Neil Patrick Healy
The Shields Valley Rebels boys basketball team continued to struggle last weekend, falling to the Townsend Bulldogs on Friday, 69-28, and the Manhattan Christian Eagles on Saturday, 71-27. 
Townsend’s offense was too much for Shields Valley early, with the Bulldogs taking a 31-13 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs closed the second half with 38-point showing while holding the Rebels to 15 and crusing to an easy win. 
Sophomore Arik Ayers was the Rebels’ high scorer with 11, followed by sophomore Sage McMinn’s nine. 
Things didn’t get easier for Shields Valley on Saturday against Manhattan Christian, with the Eagles exploding for a 25-point first quarter while holding the Rebels to only four. The high-volume scoring continued in the second quarter with the Eagles outscoring the Rebels 18-7 to take a 43-11 lead into the locker room.
Manhattan Christian slowed down on offense in the second half, but kept its foot on the gas on defense, holding Shields Valley to 16 second-half points. Overall, the Rebels were held to single-digit points in every quarter. 
The Rebels fall to 1-7 on the year and look to rebound Friday and Saturday with games against White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton.