Malcolm McDonald slept in Saturday morning, arrived at the Shoemaker gym and had the game of his life.
Thirty-three points, 26 rebounds and a 92-59 Shoemaker rout of Copperas Cove later, McDonald understated his affinity for Saturday games. It was better for me because I had more sleep. I like playing on Saturdays, McDonald said. I was just feeling it today. I just kept playing hard. I thought I was going to get sat down because I was tired. I just kept playing and he never took me out.
McDonald, a 6-foot-6 senior post, had a double-double by halftime 12 points, 15 rebounds but outdid himself in the second. He scored 11 in the third, 10 in the fourth and grabbed 11 rebounds in the final two quarters.
He was the difference in the game, thats why we left him out there most of the game, because he was playing well, Shoemaker coach Marc Minatrea said. It didnt seem like physically they had an answer for him.
Shoemaker (14-11, 5-6 12-5A) rebounded from an uninspired 56-52 loss at Temple on Monday by outrebounding the Bulldawgs 62-27. The Grey Wolves, however, didnt make up any ground on A&M Consolidated in the fight for fourth-place because of the Tigers 59-57 upset of No. 9 Harker Heights.
We do have size and blocking out seems like its a lost art in high school basketball, Minatrea said. It just seems like if you have taller guys that are somewhat athletic, they can just go get the ball at its height or its apex and Malcolm just used his feet to get into position and give himself a chance to offensive rebound today.
McDonald, forward Chris Runnels, who also added a double-double 13 rebounds, 10 points and 6-5 Jose Roman discouraged Cove (12-16, 2-9) from attacking the rim.
And, in the first quarter, the Bulldawgs managed to keep pace by hitting four 3-pointers, including back-to-back 3s from Johnathan Bridges to open the game.
But Coves touch couldnt keep up with McDonalds physicality and height. After hitting its first three 3-point attempts, Cove hit just 4 of 26 in the final 29 minutes.
We were just settling for 3s. ... We had days off this week due to the weather so we didnt get as many shots up as we normally get. When were settling for 3s and theyre not falling, it puts you in a hole pretty quick, Cove coach Billy White said.
McDonald keyed a first quarter-ending 14-5 run with a pair of putbacks, a free throw and an assist on Rodrick Levis 3-pointer with 2:43 left that gave the Grey Wolves their first lead of the game, 19-18. The Grey Wolves led 27-21 after the first quarter and 40-32 at halftime before pulling away in the third.
McDonald anchored a 16-6 Grey Wolves run in the first 4:13 of the second half. He scored seven in the run, including the first of his three second-half 3-pointers.
Robert King scored five in a 30-second span to cut an 18-point Shoemaker lead to 13 with 2:52 left, but the Buldawgs didnt hit another field goal until a 3 by Deion Robinson a minute into the fourth. In between, Shoemaker opened a 21-point lead, 68-47, that the Bulldawgs never seriously chipped into.
He killed us again down there, Cove coach Billy White said of McDonald. He attacked those boards hard and got a lot of putbacks ... Once we all realize that were not as tall as everybody and just put a butt on somebody to block them out, well be all right. Until then, were going to give up big numbers like that.
Cory Scott and Robinson each scored six for the Bulldawgs in the fourth and Scott led Cove with 14 points. Robinson and Juwan Rice each finished with 10.
A.J. McDonald scored 12 and and Anthony Gonzales scored 10 for Shoemaker, which received points from 11 players in the win. Contact Kevin Posival at email@example.com or (254) 501-7562.