Battling in the Holiday Tip-Off Classic Dec. 20-22, in Tucson, Shelby School's boys basketball team experienced it's first losses of the season.
But it took one of Phoenix's best 14-and-under all-star teams to end Shelby's victory run of 12 games.
The other loss during the team's 2-2 stay in the tournament was inflicted by another all-star team, the Tucson Razorbacks, to the tune of 38-24.
Against the Phoenix West All-Stars, Shelby was manhandled 67-25.
The Phoenix team, Shelby coach Steve Rensch said, is "a year-round all-star team that travels around the country. They won the Arizona AAU and Grand Canyon tournaments last spring."
After one of the West players opened play with a dunk, Rensch said he knew "they (Phoenix) were way too much for us, it was a total mismatch."
However, he had plenty of plaudits for his charges. "The Shelby boys played with a lot of character and kept the margin smaller than any of Phoenix West's other wins."
Dallas Rensch, the coach's son, led Shelby with 10 points. Chicago Houdek added eight.
In the loss to the Razorbacks, Shelby could not contend with the height of the Tucson team and fell by 14 points.
"Our boys could not shoot (over them)," coach Rensch said. "The Razorbacks had one very big player who scored over half their points."
In the other two tournament games, Shelby beat Tucson Pistor Middle School 33-22 and the Maximum Effort All-Stars 37-19.
In the victory over Pistor -- a team that won the Tucson city tournament -- Dallas Rensch and Houdek took scoring honors with nine points each.
Against Maximum Effort, an aggressive defense that resulted in 24 steals allowed Shelby to jump to an early lead and coast to the victory.
Dallas Rensch finished with 12 points and Nicky Cassuto had 11. Houdek finished with six rebounds and six steals.
The victory, coach Rensch said, was marred when the opposing coach and a parent attacked a referee at game's end.
"Some of these parents of all-star teams are very ambitious," Rensch said.