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Felling helps Tigers earn county win

Triton Central sophomore guard David Steele splits two defenders on Friday in Waldron. TC beat the Mohawks 77-66.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

For a player who was a hot night away from reaching 1,000 points, Triton Central senior guard Wyatt Felling showed Friday that he knows how to get his teammates involved, too.

Felling dished out 10 assists and had a game-high 23 points against Waldron in a 77-66 road win. He added 12 rebounds to finish with a triple-double.

Waldron sophomore guard Ethan Trueblood, who had a team-high eight assists in the loss, was solid defensively on Felling when guarding the senior. However, Felling, a smart veteran now in his fourth year playing varsity, took what the game was giving him in TC’s first win of the season.

“It was neat to see Wyatt looking to get his teammates involved,” said Triton Central head coach Perry Nash. “He could of came out and went for the record, but he wanted to win and did a great job of faciliating when needed.”

Felling entered the game Friday needing 47 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He scored that many points — 47 — in a game against North Decatur last season. Felling is currently chasing Mike Wells’ school record of 1,281 points. Wells graduated from TC in 1965.

Felling’s teammates Caleb Anderson and Erick Hebauf, both sophomores, added 20 and 12 points against the Mohawks, respectively. Anderson and Hebauf also had five rebound apiece.

“Erick (point guard) did a nice job of not being so passive,” Nash said. “He did a great job of attacking. We need him to do that and hit some set shots for us this year.”

For Waldron (1-2), Trueblood started the second half, handled the ball and pushed the pace to help his team score 41 points after a slow start. The Mohawks trailed 29-7 after the first quarter and 40-25 at halftime. Trueblood also made a three and finished with four points.

TC (1-2) finished the first quarter 13 of 21 from the field. Waldron, meanwhile, committed six turnovers.

“Ethan came in the second quarter and gave us a spark, holding (Felling) to only three made field goals in the last three periods,” WHS head coach Will Staal said. “That was the turn in the game. We did not practice it once this week. He did a very good job.”

The Mohawks, who outscored the visitors 23-16 in the fourth quarter, received quality performances from senior forward Zane Smith and guards Parker Huffman and Tyler Bowlby. Smith had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Huffman and Bowlby each finished with 16 points. The guards combined for five made threes, three of which came from Bowlby, who addded six rebounds and five assists. 

“You aren’t going to win or get back in many county games like that (slow start)," Staal said. "But I will say this, minus the first quarter and start of the second, this was the hardest I have seen these boys play. They left it all out on the floor. We have to channel that.

“Zane came out in the second half and had 14 points and 10 rebounds. He got his fourth foul early (second half), but he is a senior. We had to trust him.”

Also for TC Friday, senior guard Luke Sanders started the game and finished with 11 points while being active on the defensive end.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.

Triton Central vs. Waldron

Final Score: 77-66 Triton Central 

Player of Game: TC senior guard Wyatt Felling