Tigers fall to Shoemaker
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Tony Adams
The Belton Tigers boys basketball team was primed and ready to host the Killeen Shoemaker Grey Wolves Friday at Tiger Gym.
The force the Grey Wolves attacked Tigers with dented the scoreboard early and often.
Shoemaker used a 16-7 first quarter to knock off Belton 71-50.
The game started slowly, with great defense played on both sides. The Grey Wolves' Torenzo Saunders scored the first four points of the game. The Tigers answered half the call, with a field from Braden Hammond to make the score 4-2. Shane Johnson then sparked a 12-5, quarter finishing run, giving Shoemaker the 16-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Belton's Daniel Mills and Logan Zwerneman combined to draw the Tigers back to seven points, at 21-14. Shoemaker struck back with 8-3 closing run and took a 29-17 advantage into the locker room.
The teams combined for 20-18 Shoemaker advantage in the third quarter. Mills posted eight points in the frame to lead the Tigers. Johnson and Saunders continued to answer the call to keep the Tigers at bay. The Grey Wolves led by as many as 18 in the third quarter, but Belton battled back to trail 49-37 after the third quarter.
Following a Hammond field to bring the Tigers back to within 10 points at 49-39. But Shoemaker continue to pepper Belton with points, including 13-0, 2:34 run and take the Grey Wolves' lead out to 21. The Tigers got no closer.
"Shoemaker was extremely tough tonight," said coach Charlie Lewis. "We had a good game plan, but were simply beaten by a good district squad."
Johnson had 17 points for Shoemaker (24-7, 9-2 in District 8-5A, tied for second place with Harker Heights). Paris Yerry had 15 points and Saunders had 10 points for the Grey Wolves.
The Tigers receive 20 points from Mills. Thomas Barnes posted eight points and Hammond delivered six points for Belton, who dropped to 8-21 overall and 2-9 in conference.