COPPERAS COVE — Emund Prichett has seen it before.
En route to sweeping the season series with Copperas Cove, Shoemaker senior Devyn Brewton delivered an impressive outing, missing just a single field-goal attempt while scoring a game-high 22 points.
Additionally, the 6-foot-6-inch guard led all players with eight rebounds and blocked a pair of shots, leading the Class 6A No. 20 Grey Wolves to a 59-44 victory.
After spending years witnessing similar showings, however, Shoemaker’s head coach was not surprised by Brewton’s play.
“I’m kind of used to those kinds of things,” Prichett said. “He can really shoot the ball.
“That was really impressive, though, and I never would have said before the game that he’d do that, but when Devyn gets to his spots, he can really knock them down.”
Brewton missed his opening shot of the game but was on target for the remainder of the night, connecting on each of his final 10 field-goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Following the victory, he admitted feeling in the zone.
“After hitting several in a row,” Brewton said, “I felt like I could make any shot I was given.”
Brewton recorded the first four points of the Grey Wolves’ wire-to-wire win, but teammate Duwain Thomas was responsible for eight of the team’s remaining 10 points in the period.
But after leading 14-7 to start the second quarter, Shoemaker’s cushion inflated to 15 points, 24-9, as Brewton made three more field goals.
The Bulldawgs responded with six unanswered points, but Brewton halted the run with his first 3-pointer of the contest, helping the Grey Wolves take a 33-22 advantage into halftime.
Copperas Cove rallied in the third quarter, though, scoring 10 of the first 13 points in the period to pull within four points, 36-32, as senior Dahmir Pearson and junior Jyhlil Rice had four points apiece during the Bulldawgs’ surge.
But once again, Brewton had an answer, scoring five consecutive points for Shoemaker and triggering a 13-2 run spanning into the fourth quarter to practically secure the outcome.
“He had a really big night,” Copperas Cove head coach Billy White Jr. said. “He’s capable of shooting like that, so if we’re not making contact with him, he’s going to do that.
“He got a few easy putbacks to start the game, and after he saw the ball go in the hole, then he was able to knock down shots like he’s used to.”
Brewton’s performance was complemented by Thomas’ 16-point outing, while teammate Javon Levi, a senior guard, finished with six points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The win, following Killeen's 74-65 to San Angelo Central earlier Friday, made Shoemaker (22-6, 9-1 8-6A) the first district team to clinch a playoff spot.
Copperas Cove (17-12, 5-5) received team-highs of 12 points and four rebounds from Pearson, while Neyland Block added seven points, and Tyrese Cooley finished with six points, but it was not enough.
Despite earning the win and putting together a nearly flawless showing, Brewton left Copperas Cove feeling unsatisfied.
“I think we played well,” he said, “but I think we could have played a lot better.
“We shouldn’t have given up so many points. We are a better defensive team than we showed.”
The Bulldawgs remain a game ahead of Killeen in fourth place with four games remaining.