Shoemaker has continued its roll right on into the postseason.
The Grey Wolves have won 17 in a row and 19 of their last 20, including two playoff wins over South Grand Prairie and McKinney.
Last Tuesday, Shoemaker knocked out South Grand Prairie in a 75-57 decision in the bi-district round of the Class 6A playoffs and defeated McKinney 73-57 Friday at area.
The Grey Wolves (28-6) received healthy contributions off the bench in their win over McKinney. Sophomores J’wan Roberts, Taveon Sevaaetasi, Romeo Postell and Tavon McCorvey, as well as junior Duwain Thomas, combined for 37 points — including 10 from Postell.
Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett said the bench deserved a lot of credit for Friday’s triumph.
“We put some different guys in — had some foul trouble early,” Prichett said.
“Our bench guys really came to play and were focused, and they really helped us out to be successful.”
Postell, who didn’t receive any minutes last Tuesday against South Grand Prairie, logged plenty of time on the court against McKinney and rewarded his head coach and team.
“He had a great game,” Prichett said. “He’s been playing well of late. I didn’t really get to get him in against South Grand Prairie, and I was really mad at myself about that.
“But he came in, played his role and really looked good out there.”
Postell’s performance proved Prichett has plenty in his toolbox, no matter the opponent or situation.
“That’s how basketball is supposed to be,” Prichett said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m just glad these guys have bought into it and really excelled in their roles.”
One of the most important role players the Grey Wolves have is senior guard Antoine James. As well as playing top-notch defense, James has scored 18 points in both playoff games while knocking down six 3-pointers — including 12 points on four 3s against McKinney.
“A lot of teams are guarding him,” Prichett said. “Coming into the game, I know he’s a guy that they’re going to try to stick on because they know he’ll knock down a shot. He’s giving good leadership as a senior and has been in this spot for several years, and he’s just calm and playing his role every time out.”
Thomas and Sevaaetasi, two first-year varsity players, have not shied away from their opportunities on the big club. Both have come off the bench and provided valuable minutes and impacted both playoff games.
Along with eight points against McKinney, Thomas tallied six against South Grand Prairie.
Sevaaetasi added nine points against McKinney and seven against South Grand Prairie.
“Duwain really shoots the ball well,” Prichett said. “He’s been very, very confident in the playoffs, which I’m very excited about. He came in really confident on Tuesday and really confident on Friday.
“Taveon is just a competitor. He’s not going to be scared of the moment, so I’m not at all worried about him.”
And the Grey Wolves also possess one of the top point guards around in senior Javon Levi. In both of its playoff games, Shoemaker has faced a heavy press from its opponent, but Levi has sliced through it and made the opposition pay for its aggressiveness.
“He just does a great job of calming us down, leading us and getting people in their spots,” Prichett said. “He finds a way to make the right play every time.”
Along with fellow standouts in senior Devyn Brewton, as well as senior Christopher Barnett and junior Maurice Berry, the Grey Wolves like their chances again tonight against Allen (28-6), which upset No. 2-ranked Cedar Hill 78-70 on Friday.
“I think they’re kind of like us,” Prichett said. “They’ve got a lot of depth and don’t care who gets the spotlight. They just move the ball around and try to play team basketball.
“We’re going to have our work cut out for us, and we’ve just got to make sure we are paying attention to every player that’s on the floor.”
Tipoff for tonight’s contest is scheduled for 7:30 at Fairfield.
CLASS 6A REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS
- No. 17 Shoemaker vs. Allen, 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield HS