The Shoemaker Grey Wolves and Ellison Eagles may have been playing different teams and in different tournaments, but both Killeen ISD schools did have a common theme: payback and a chance to avenge an earlier season loss for both squads.
“Revenge always juices everybody up,” Shoemaker senior Shane Johnson said. “It was a tough game and we got closer and closer, but there were little mistakes.”
The Grey Wolves looked for revenge against Round Rock Cedar Ridge at the LISD Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament in Cedar Park while the Eagles looked to get back at Manor at the Akins Eagles Boys Holiday Classic in Austin.
Shoemaker started the month with a 74-59 home loss to Cedar Ridge after Raider senior guard De’Andre Davis, a Grand Canyon University commit, put up 28 points that night to hand the Grey Wolves their first loss of the season.
“You might talk revenge, but you want to win every game,” Shoemaker coach Emund Prichett said. “The kids played them before and they knew what happened. They knew what was in the paper after we played them and they know what the kids at school talked about.”
Davis scored 24 points and Shoemaker turned the ball over on two key possessions down the stretch to lose 54-50.
The Eagles were back on the court after the break and found themselves matched up with the Manor Mustangs during the second game of Friday’s opening day at the Akins Tournament.
Ellison fell on the road to Manor 70-58 on Dec. 10 and before Friday’s tip, Eagles power forward Ronnie Edwards said Friday’s rematch had a different feel.
“We couldn’t lose and we had to pull this one out to prove to myself that we were better than them as a team,” Edwards said.
For Ellison coach Alberto Jones, getting back at the Mustangs wasn’t as important as getting back on the court and having a good performance before the Eagles fly back into district play.
“We mentioned it after they beat us the first time that we’ll have a chance to play them again, but we’ve played a whole lot of games that are important so we really couldn’t just focus on Manor,” Jones said.
Junior shooting guard Antonio Martin scored 14 points, but the Ellison Eagles lost to Manor 63-56 in their nightcap Friday.
Ronnie Edwards also had a strong game with 10 points and the Ellison bench combined for 33 points, led by Martin’s 14 and Marcus Jackson’s six.