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Playing in front of a standing room only crowd, the Spencer County Bears wrapped up an undefeated district schedule with a win over Shelby County Tuesday night, securing the top seed in the 30th District Tournament that will begin next Monday.
Despite suffering through a tough season that has resulted in only four wins, Shelby County put up a tougher-than-expected battle and made the Bears play a full four quarters to earn the milestone victory.
The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on a Ros Goodwin three-pointer and a Trey Wyatt drive, but the Rockets battled back and trailed just 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. It was a trend they would continue throughout the game as Spencer County threatened to pull away several times, only to see Shelby County battle to keep it close.
A Chris Dunbar shot inside put the Bears up 27-19 with just two minutes left in the second quarter, but good three-point shooting by the Rockets closed the lead back to two at the break, 27-25.
Again in the third quarter, the Bears appeared ready to build a big lead when Brandon Miller hit a layup with three minutes remaining to put the Bears up 39-32, but Shelby County again mounted a rally to cut into the lead.
The fourth quarter saw Spencer County’s lead put in jeopardy several times as Shelby County cut it to 55-54 with under a minute left in regulation, but the Bears were able to seal the victory down the stretch for their 18th win of the season.
For the game, the Bears got balanced scoring with Chris Dunbar leading the way with 18 points, followed by Logan Dunbar with 16 and Trey Wyatt with 15.
Brice Mills added six for the Bears with Goodwin and Miller each scoring three.
On Sunday, the boys traveled to Fort Knox for a makeup game with the Eagles and took a 88-77 victory.
Logan Dunbar scored 27 for the Bears in the win, and Chris Dunbar hit for 22 points. Wyatt added 13, Miller had 11, Mills scored eight, Goodwin had five and Konner Barlow scored two.
The Bears will close out their regular season this week and were scheduled to host Bethlehem Tuesday night, will travel to Henry County on Wednesday and will be back home on Thursday to face another region contender, South Oldham. Thursday night’s game will also honor three Bears seniors - Logan Dunbar, Trey Wyatt and Konner Barlow.