TEMPLE — Shoemaker senior Nahome Anderson may not have his named called out before District 8-5A games during the introduction of starters, but that doesn’t keep him from making an impact on the outcome of the game.
Anderson and the Grey Wolves reserves were called upon to step up on Saturday, and they delivered.
Shoemaker got 38 points from its bench to pull away from Temple 74-54 at Wildcat Gym.
“We just want to come in and make an impact,” Anderson said. “We just watch everything, our coach tells us what to do, we get in and do exactly what he says.”
Shane Johnson led all scorers with 16 points while Patrick Mark finished with 13.
Shoemaker’s district win streak is now at 11 games and the Grey Wolves stayed in a first- place tie with No. 13 Harker Heights for the District 8-5A lead. The Grey Wolves close out the regular season at home on Tuesday against Copperas Cove.
The Grey Wolves and Wildcats had to break from the Tuesday-Friday night routine because inclement weather forced the game to be postponed until Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats, out of playoff contention, were honoring the three seniors on the team and came out firing in the first half.
Temple shot 13 for 28 (46 percent) in the opening 16 minutes, including three 3-pointers, and led by as much as six points.
Temple went into the locker room at halftime with a 33-31 lead, but the Grey Wolves turned things around in the third quarter behind their bench.
An Ashton Logan drive to the bucket allowed Temple to regain its lead at 37-36 midway through the third, but Anderson countered with a bucket in the paint that gave Shoemaker the lead right back.
“We can’t do that in the playoffs,” Anderson said. “If you let a team attack you first, it’ll be bad and you can’t come back from it. We’ll just attack first in the playoffs.”
That basket sparked a 17-3 Shoemaker run in the third quarter that gave the Grey Wolves control of the contest.
The Grey Wolves got baskets from Anderson, a big 3-pointer from Mark and some big free throws from Tyrone Hopkins.
“It’s a slow start, but that’s why we’ve got a 12-man team,” Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett said.
The Shoemaker bench outscored Temple’s entire team 15-6 in the third quarter and the Grey Wolves totaled 22 for the period.
Shoemaker’s offensive execution also helped it pull away as the Wildcats shot 3 for 12 (25 percent) in the third quarter and the Grey Wolves converted seven Temple turnovers into seven points.
“They bring the most energy that anyone can ask for,” Johnson said about the bench. “That’s what we need.”
Wendale Washington led the Wildcats with 12 points in his final home game while Logan Hicks added nine.
Temple seniors Darrell Gaines and Yancey Cason combined to score four points.
Prichett said the game should serve as an important lesson for the team before they head into the playoffs.
“I told them that if you start slow again, you might be done,” Prichett said. “It might be the end of your season right there. They’ve got it in their minds, and I’m pretty sure those guys will play until they can’t play anymore.”
The Grey Wolves are locked into one of the top two spots. Shoemaker will play either the third- or fourth-place team out of District 7-5A.
Coming into Saturday, No. 3 South Grand Prairie, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie were all fighting for playoff position in that district.
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