Against J-Mychal Reese and on the road in Bryan, the Grey Wolves sealed the deal and are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season following their 66-47 win over the Vikings on Tuesday in Bryan.
Chris Runnels scored 25 points and Jose Roman scored 12 to lead the Grey Wolves, who were in a tough spot early against the Vikings.
"It feels great to be playing still," Shoemaker coach Marc Minatrea said simply.
Shoemaker fell behind early, trailing 19-16 after the first quarter and 35-34 at halftime but dominated in the second half to clinch District 12-5A's fourth-seed going into the playoffs. The Grey Wolves outscored Bryan 19-7 in the third quarter and 13-5 in the fourth.
"We just played harder in the second half," Minatrea said. "The kids just got down and guarded better and blocked out and got some defensive boards."
The Grey Wolves play Mesquite in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Waco University at 8 p.m. Harker Heights plays Mesquite Horn at 6 p.m. in the first game.
Harker Heights 65, Belton 44 - At Harker Heights, Thomas Cherry scored 11 as one of 13 Knights scorers in the win.
Harker Heights jumped out in a hurry, taking a 21-7 lead after the first quarter en route to a 20-point halftime lead.
Daniel Mills led all scorers with 28 for the Tigers, who outscored the Knights 22-9 in the fourth to make a more reasonable final.
Harker Heights plays Mesquite Horn at 6 p.m. at Waco University in the first game of a doubleheader with Shoemaker on Tuesday. The Grey Wolves play Mesquite in the second game at 8 p.m.
Salado 53, Taylor 29 - At Taylor, Koby Spears had 20 points and the Eagles defeated the Ducks as they cruise into the playoffs with a blowout win.
Salado (20-13) plays Wimberley in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
Lometa 58, Cherokee 54 - Lometa finishes the season tied for second in District 28-1A Div. II, with a record of 16-9, 9-3.
Lometa will participate in a coin flip today to decide its seeding for the playoffs.