On any other Monday night at prime time, Shoemaker senior Nykolas Dawson would be catching a bite to eat and getting ready for a game the following night.
But on this Monday, the 6-foot-5 post was serving up some buckets in the paint and rebounds on the glass.
Dawson scored a team-high 14 points while guard Patrick Mark added 12 to help the Shoemaker Grey Wolves beat the Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks 73-61 at the Shoemaker gym.
“We have to play our game anytime and every day,” Dawson said.
Post Torenzo Saunders added 11 as the Grey Wolves (3-0) won their third straight game under new head coach Emund Prichett.
“It’s always good to get a win, we just have to keep working,” said Prichett. “We got better from Friday night so as long as we keep building on what happened tonight, we’ll be OK.”
Dawson’s scoring output led a Shoemaker bench that chipped in a combined 45 points.
Shoemaker took a 16-12 lead into the second quarter and a pair of Dawson free throws started a 8-3 run to close out the
Shane Johnson helped the Grey Wolves put the game out of reach in a matter of half a minute.
With Shoemaker ahead 57-43 with 5:57 remaining, Johnson hit his second 3-pointer of the second half, and then came up with a steal and layup.
“I had to make up for when I was sitting down most of the game in foul trouble,” said Johnson, who finished the game with eight points, all in the second half.
Despite the win, Pritchett said he looks for the Grey Wolves to go back and emphasize their defense before the team takes on Midland on Wednesday.
“We made a bunch of mistakes defensively, but it’s a mixture of new guys coming in and trying to build chemistry as a team,” Prichett said. “We’re big on team defense here and I think that as a team, we’ve got to get together and build that chemistry.”
Hendrickson (1-3) was able to score 16 points in the paint and hit 11 of 19 shots (57 percent) from the field in the second half.
“We’ve got to pick it up on defense and not give up easy layups,” Mark said.