Today may be the day associated with feasting, but on Wednesday the Shoemaker Grey Wolves had their fill of easy points in the paint, transition buckets and rebounds against the Midland Bulldogs.
Shane Johnson and Torenzo Saunders led the way with 14 points apiece as Shoemaker stayed perfect on the young season after cruising past Midland 74-49.
“Everybody was going to eat so we’re going to be slackish the next day and we have to run the next day,” Johnson said. “We did well to get a run and be good when we’re done.”
The Grey Wolves have won all four games under first year head coach Edmund Prichett this season.
Grey Wolves senior Ziere Banner chipped in 11 points and led a Shoemaker bench that combined for 35 points.
The Grey Wolves never trailed against the Bulldogs and it took Shoemaker about six minutes to take a stranglehold on the contest.
A Qwoy Blunt drive to the basket sparked a 12-2 run by the Grey Wolves in the final two minutes of the first quarter that gave them a 26-12 lead after the opening frame.
“We’re trying to play fast and doing what we do,” Prichett said. “I think we started looking at the basket and seeing what was open. I think that helped us out.”
Banner made his presence known during that run with a putback followed by a drive to the basket for a score and a steal that led to an easy layup for the 5-foot-10 senior.
“I try to come into the game with a lot of energy and tonight open looks were just happening,” Banner said. “I looked to score and it just opened up.”
The Grey Wolves stayed aggressive and kept attacking the paint in the second quarter as Shoemaker scored 10 more points in the paint. The Grey Wolves finished with a total of 36 points down low.
“We do get in the weight room so it isn’t that hard to get in there and body with people,” Johnson said.
The Grey Wolves would hold the Bulldogs to just two field goals in the first five minutes and a pair of Sunders free throws opened a quarter that saw Shoemaker go on a 8-2 run.
Shoemaker doubled up Midland’s halftime score at 50-25. The closest the Bulldogs would come to the Grey Wolves in the second half was 23 after a Lawrence Windham jumper from the right elbow made it 72-49 Shoemaker with 1:14 remaining.
The Grey Wolves look to go 5-0 on Monday when they host Round Rock Cedar Ridge.