By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
Visiting Sandusky led from start to finish and downed Shelby 62-51 in the Northern Ohio League boys basketball opener Friday night for both schools.The fans were barely settled into their seats in the Doghouse when the 2-1 Blue Streaks tallied the first three baskets in the first 74 seconds and were never headed. The Whippets, who slipped to 0-2, managed to draw within a point (14-13) late in the opening stanza, but never got closer than that the rest of the way. Forced to play catch up all evening, SHS coach Troy Schwemley felt his club really put itself in a bind at the end of the second quarter and trailed 38-28 at halftime. Davey Hipp, who led Shelby with 14 points, hit a pair of free throws with 1:10 on the clock to cut the deficit to 33-28. A pair of empty possessions for the home team led to Sandusky points at the other end of the floor and a 10-point deficit at the break. "I felt in the first half we battled them, but then it went from 5 to 10 real quick. We had a charge and then gave up a three. I then made a bad play call, we turned the ball over and gave up a layup," said Schwemley about the final 27 seconds which included a three-pointer by Deontre Palma and a layin by George Brown. Brown's basket was one of a number of fast break opportunities by the Streaks, who had a decisive 18-2 edge in points scored for that category. "Turnovers lead to easy baskets and don't give us a chance to set up our defense," said Schwemley. Missed shots and turnovers plagued the Whippets. SHS was 17 of 64 from the floor, including an icy 4 of 22 (18 percent) from three-point range. The red and gray coughed the ball up 20 times. "I feel we're learning from our mistakes and if we can start having some success, we'll be able to beat a team like Sandusky," said the Shelby coach. Balance proved to be the key for the Blue Streaks, who had five players score in the 8-to-13 point range. Jayrese Williams and Demond Hopkins collected 13 apiece and Palma had 10. Despite surrendering a lot of height to the visitors, the Whippets held their own on the boards and fought to a 31-all draw. Trevor Young and Brennan Armstrong led with six and five rebounds, respectively. Shelby is back in action this evening for an independent clash at Mansfield St. Peter's. The Spartans, under first-year coach Joe Jakubick, stand at 2-1 after clobbering Lucas 61-46 Friday night. SANDUSKY (62) K. Williams 2 2 8, Croom 1 2 4, Brown 4 1 9, Fisher 1 2 4, J. Williams 4 4 13, Hopkins 6 1 13, Palma 4 1 10, Robinson 0 1 1, Totals 22-50 14-25 62. SHELBY (51) Schneider 3 2 8 Armstrong 1 1 3, Cox 2 0 5, Hill 1 0 2, Young 1 2 4, Stine 2 2 6, Hipp 4 3 14, Bihl 3 3 9, Totals 17-64 13-18 51. Sandusky 16 22 10 14 -62 Shelby 13 15 11 12 -51 Three-point field goals - K. Williams (Sa) 2, J. Williams (Sa), Palma (Sa), Cox (Sh), Hipp (Sh). Rebounds - Sandusky 31, Shelby 31. Turnovers - Sandusky 20, Shelby 20.