It’s a new year with many new faces for Shoemaker, but the No. 19 Grey Wolves put on a familiar performance Tuesday night at home.
They forced 24 turnovers, outrebounded their opponent 39-15 and defeated St. Anthony, a TAPPS school out of San Antonio, 78-36.
Shoemaker point guard Javon Levi had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds in the victory.
Afterward, the senior said the strategy was simple.
“Our game plan was just to come out and play hard, and everything else will take care of itself,” Levi said. “We’ve got some young guys, so we have preached just to play hard and let everything take care of itself. We just came out and did that, and things went as we wanted them to.”
Many of the youngsters had a hand in the win.
Six-foot-7 sophomore post J'wan Roberts registered 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Taveon Sevaaetasi had eight points, three rebounds and an assist, and junior guard Duwain Thomas tallied eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
Six-foot-5 senior post Te’Ayveon Hill added six points, four rebounds and an assist, as well.
Levi said it was very important for the newcomers to get into the swing of things sooner rather than later.
“It’s very important, especially early in the season,” he said. “Right now, we’re getting them going so that they are prepared when district gets here. We’ve just been helping them and guiding them through, and that’s all we’re working on right now.
“I expected that performance from them tonight. It didn’t surprise me that they came out here and did what they were supposed to do.”
Along with Levi, the Wolves’ two other veterans — seniors Devyn Brewton and Antoine James — spearheaded Tuesday night’s effort. Brewton had a game-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists, and James recorded 12 points, three rebounds and an assist.
Brewton was responsible for 12 points in the first quarter for Shoemaker, which captured a 25-10 lead at the end of the period.
“It’s very important that we get off to a fast start,” Brewton said. “If we don’t, we might not be able to pick it up later on. Coach (Emund Prichett) is always telling us to pick it up fast, play four quarters and play good defense.”
Shoemaker (1-1) was a bit sluggish in the second quarter, committing seven turnovers to the Lumberjacks’ five. But the Wolves never let it snowball, and they outscored St. Anthony 14-7 in the period to go up 39-17 at halftime.
Shoemaker then started the third stanza with a 10-0 run.
Brewton opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from straight away before Thomas and Levi made consecutive layups in transition, and James capped off the run by splashing a trey from the left wing.
After a 3 from the right wing by the Lumberjacks’ Quinton Uribe ended the run, the Wolves then scored nine straight points.
Brewton hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, Levi was fouled on a fast-break layup and made the subsequent free throw for a 3-point play, James hit a right-side jumper and Levi scored on a putback to give the Wolves a commanding 58-20 lead.
Shoemaker never let up from that point forward and cruised to the 42-point triumph.
“We definitely wanted to have a total team effort,” Prichett said. “We’re focused on doing the things that we do and trying to get better as a team, not really the opponent. We knew they would be tough, but we wanted to make sure we were doing our stuff.
“We’ve got to focus on us right now to make sure we can get to where we want to be.”
St. Anthony was led by Uribe and Jay Ortiz, both of whom tallied 10 points.
The Wolves are scheduled to return to the floor Tuesday at home against Austin Lanier at 7:30 p.m.