Sean Causey laces up his basketball shoes and goes to work.
The role of the Shoemaker Grey Wolves’ defensive specialist is to frustrate the opponent’s best player, rebound and not necessarily to score. The role is inglorious, but vital to the Grey Wolves’ success.
“Any role that I can do on this team, is good with me,” Causey said. “I don’t have to score 20 points every game. As long as I play good defense and get rebounds, then it’s a good game for me.”
On Tuesday night, Causey got to see how the other side lives.
Causey hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 10 points helping the Grey Wolves rout Waco Midway 81-36 on Tuesday night at Shoemaker.
“It always feels good to score. I felt like I was helping my team more tonight with the points, the rebounds and good defense all together,” Causey said.
Causey had five rebounds in the first quarter, setting the tone that every loose ball in Shoemaker’s gym belonged to the Grey Wolves.
Shoemaker (23-7, 8-2 8-5A) out-rebounded Midway 52-24, including 17 offensive boards for 28 points. The Panthers had just five offensive rebounds despite hitting just 12 of 49 (24 percent) from the floor in the game. Midway shot just 3-of-20 in the first half.
“Our last loss at Ellison, when they beat us, we didn’t rebound well and ever since then, we’ve started working on it more and emphasizing it more and the JV has done a good job in participating in the drill to make our guys block out better,” said Shoemaker coach Marc Minatrea. “We’ve just emphasized it more and the kids have bought into it.”
Coming off the bench, Patrick Mark his five of the Grey Wolves nine 3-pointers and led Shoemaker with 19 points. Shane Johnson added 16. All but two Shoemaker players scored and all but one had at least one rebound.
Littlejohn led Midway (12-16, 2-8) with 12 points.
Mark hit five of the Grey Wolves’ nine 3s
“The last two weeks, I’ve been feeling confidence (in my shot),” Mark said. “The team’s been looking for me to find it because I’ll hit the open 3 most likely. That just builds my confidence when the team’s looking for me (open behind the arc).”
Mark hit two 3s in a 12-4 Shoemaker run to close the first quarter with a 19-7 lead.
Midway made just a single field goal in the second quarter — a 3 by Darius Littlejohn with 55 seconds left — and the Grey Wolves pulled away for a 40-13 lead at intermission by waxing the offensive glass. Shoemaker scored 12 of its 21 points in the period off of seven offensive rebounds and used an 18-3 run through the first six minutes to safely put the Panthers in its rear view.
“Our defense and our defensive rebounding helped us get out in transition some tonight,” Minatrea said. “I thought we did a good job sharing the ball, passing it around the perimeter. I thought we had good interior passing in the lane from our guards to our post men.”