By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary its a noun meaning 1: an act of assistance; 2: the action of a player who enables a teammate to score a basket.
On the night when senior Davey Hipp joined the prestigious 1,000-point club, Shelby was all about lending a hand with its passing skills.
The Whippets piled up 20 assists, including a number that were fed to Hipp for open looks at the basket, during a 75-40 Northern Ohio League thrashing of rival Willard in the Dawg House.
“The thing that makes me happy and proud of my team is how unselfish we are. We move the ball, we make extra passes,” said SHS coach Troy Schwemley as the red and gray moved to 7-3 in the conference and 12-8 overall.
Entering Tuesday’s varsity boys basketball clash needing only 15 points to reach the milestone, Hipp reached it with a driving layup with 2:11 remaining in the opening half.
Hipp, a 5-foot-10 guard, finished the night with 20 points. He now stands No. 4 on the all-time scoring list with 1,005 points and trails Larry Siegfried (1,717), Josh Ingle (1,255) and Garrett Arnold (1,072).
“It’s a great individual accomplishment. Davey’s worked hard and put a lot of time in his game. I’m very proud of him,” said Schwemley.
Going back to the subject of sharing the basketball and Hipp’s feat, the Shelby coach said “in order to be successful, you have to have great teammates around you. They’re all a part of that achievement.”
That selfless play hasn’t been lost on Hipp either, who credited the players and their unselfish play he’s been surrounded with for all four seasons of his varsity career.
“We really don’t play selfish basketball here. We’re all looking to get each other open and get each other shots,” said Hipp, who also handed out four assists. Brady Hill was tops with five dishes and Brock Kehres had four.
While crediting the players and coaches he’s worked with through the years, Hipp was also quick to laud his parents - Dave and Donna - for their assist.
“I give a lot of credit to mom and dad for taking me to the gym late nights when I was young. This has been one of my goals since my freshman year and I’m glad to get it accomplished,” said Hipp.
Even with the game well-decided late in the fourth quarter the distribution was evident among the subs finishing out the rout when senior Derek Rose fired a pass across the lane to Nick Amstutz for an easy layup in the final minute.
The Whippets placed four in double figures and one of them was senior Jacob Holloway, who had all 12 in the second half and 10 during the third quarter when the home team outscored the Flashes 21-6.
Hunter Hoffman also racked up 12 and he had team-best four blocked shots. He was part of the trio that included Uriah Gieseler and Amstutz all with six rebounds as SHS won the battle of the boards 34-22.
Matthew Hiatt also hit for 11 and was a component of the Shelby bench that helped account for 31 points.
Willard, which slips to 1-10 in the NOL and 3-17 overall, received 11 points each from Brevon Polachek and Ethan Daub.
The Whippets shot a blistering 63 percent from the floor, sinking 31 of 49 shots. Inside the three-point arc, the hosts were even better at a torrid 78 percent, swishing 25 of 32 tries. The Flashes were 15 of 41.
SHS trailed briefly - all of 15 seconds - following a three-pointer by Polachek that made it 3-2 a minute into the game. Hoffman’s trey made it 5-3 before Willard tied matters at 5-5 on a bucket by Broc Baldridge at the 6:12 mark.
Shelby went ahead to stay on a layin by Hoffman for a 7-5 edge with 5:54 showing on the clock. The red and gray scored 10 of the next 16 to lead 17-11 after one.
A 15-1 burst to open the second quarter helped the Whippets build a 32-12 lead. That run featured back-to-back-to-back three balls by Hoffman, Kehres and Hipp in a span of 75 seconds.
SHS checked in at halftime with a 38-19 lead.
As Shelby was running away in the third quarter, Holloway scored 10 straight as the lead swelled to 56-25. Hiatt then beat the buzzer with a corner three off a pass from Hipp who drove the lane and kicked the ball over to Hiatt for a 59-25 bulge.
Three straight baskets by Takoda Pratt pushed the Whippets in front 73-33 with 1:58 left in the game for their widest margin of the evening.
“After the game I told the players ‘you guys make each other better.’ It’s not one person. We need everybody to be successful. That’s been our key to success. They play team basketball every night no matter what . We’ve had some tough losses, but these guys battle back. We feel like if we play team basketball we have a shot against any team,” said Schwemley.
With a three-game winning streak - their longest of the winter - the SHS basketball team travels to Bellevue Friday night for a NOL contest.
Baldridge 2 0 4, Polachek 4 0 11, Bailey 0 1 1, Cofer 1 0 2, Daub 4 1 11, Sivongsak 2 2 6, Sowers 1 0 2, Leitz 1 0 3, Totals 15-41 4-14 40.
Hill 1 1 3, Hiatt 4 2 11, Hoffman 4 2 12, Gieseler 1 2 4, Kehres 2 0 5, Pratt 3 0 6, Holloway 6 0 12, Hipp 9 0 20, Amstutz 1 0 2, Totals 31-49 7-11 75.
Willard 11 8 6 15 —40
Shelby 17 21 21 16 —75
Three-point field goals - Polachek (W) 3, Daub (W) 2, Leitz (W), Hiatt (S), Hoffman (S) 2, Kehres (S), Hipp (S) 2. Rebounds - Willard 22, Shelby 34. Turnovers - Willard 15, Shelby 12.