Captain Shreve guard Jesse McWright sat on the bench for most of the third quarter Friday, forced to think about ways he can help his team.
With Southwood up five points, McWright went on a personal 8-0 run late in the third quarter as part of his game-high 27 points to lead Captain Shreve to a 67-61 home win against Southwood.
“Coach (Todd Martinez) sat me awhile, and just let me sit there,” McWright said. “I was watching the game and looking at the scoreboard, and when I came in, I wanted to attack.
“We watched a lot of film of the (earlier Southwood loss) … and execution and boxing out were the key (Friday). That loss was a big wakeup call for us.”
Friday’s win ties Shreve (14-8, 6-1) with Southwood (17-9, 6-1) atop District 1-5A with the regular season winding down. Southwood ended Shreve’s 14-game district winning streak on Jan. 21 at Southwood.
Southwood surged ahead 48-43 with a 9-1 run before McWright answered with eight straight points, including his only 3-pointer and a three-point play.
Shreve led 51-48 at the end of the third quarter and never surrendered the lead although Southwood tied the game twice in the fourth quarter.
The last tie score was 54-54 with 4:30 left before Derrick Mosley scored four of his six points and McWright added a score to build a 60-55 lead.
Three John Parker free throws pulled Southwood to within 60-58, but Shreve ended the game on a 7-3 run for the win.
“We rebounded a lot better (than the earlier Southwood loss),” Martinez said. “We didn’t do as good of job of handling all of (Southwood’s) defenses … but we shot better from the line. In tough close games, you better take advantage of the free things you get, because you won’t get many.”
Forward Tyrone Earls was a large reason for the rebounding edge, and he finished with eight points.
Southwood, who has usually made the decisive plays in their close district wins, couldn’t come up with those Friday.
“We made a lot of mistakes, but Shreve wanted this game more than we did,” said Southwood coach Norman Picou, Jr. “We had some guys be selfish tonight and not get it to guys like (Terion Bell and Daterrius Hubbard). It cost us.
“We had three turnovers down two, and we wasted about 20 seconds with the missed the violation (in the last minute).”
Bell and Hubbard led the way with 18 and 17 points, respectively, but the duo combined for just five points in the fourth quarter.
Including McWright’s personal 8-0 run near the end of the third quarter, he scored 15 points in the last 10 minutes. He made five of seven from the line as Shreve shot 20 of 28 overall.
Shreve’s Toronco Loston scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, helping Shreve on a 13-3 run to lead 26-16 midway through the second quarter.
Southwood battled back to 35-29 at halftime and opened with the second half’s first six points to tie the game at 35-35.