From a shooting standpoint, the Shaw boys basketball team was as efficient as ever on Monday against Manchester in the MLK Classic at Harris County.
It scored 82 points, about six over its season average, and had three players — Kourtney Shakespeare, Dakeen Diaz and Cam Paulding — all reach double-figures in points.
That was the positive takeaway from the game. The negative was that the team turned the ball over well over 20 times and allowed 87 to lose by five points, 87-82.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do in that area,” coach Terry White said after the game. “We turned it over way too much. We didn’t really make free throws. We’ve got to work on that and get that corrected.”
Shaw began the season 8-1, but has gone 5-4 since and has lost two of its past three games. On Monday, the Raiders had plenty of chances to pull out a win, despite trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but made too many mistakes down the stretch.
After being behind 63-50 early in the third, Shaw chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 65-62 to by the end of the period. Diaz knocked down a short lay-in on a follow after a missed shot and then scored again immediately after a steal in the backcourt. Manchester’s Jah’Nile Hill, who led the Blue Devils with 20 points in the game, scored two to make it 65-58 with 1:20 left in the quarter, but two baskets by Shakespeare and two big blocks by Paulding at the other end had the Raiders within three going into the fourth.
They’d get within one point in the fourth quarter after Paulding scored two more on a fast break, but could never get over the hump, falling behind again by as many as seven and losing by a final deficit of five.
“One thing I like about these guys is that they’re never out of it,” White said. “They never quit. They just need to keep working hard and make some of these improvements, and we’ll be fine.”
Shakespeare led all scorers with 22 points in the game, while Diaz added 19 and Paulding 13.
On the other side, Manchester’s pressure defense was the real star of the game, forcing Shaw into a number of uncharacteristic mistakes. In addition to Nile’s 20 points, Demarcus Addie had 20 of his own and Jerquavion Mahone added 12.
Manchester is 12-5 on the season and still undefeated in Region 5-2A play, which it resumes on Tuesday against Temple, which is also 4-0 in the region.
Shaw gets back to work on Tuesday at Harris County.
SHAW GIRLS 70, MANCHESTER 53: The Shaw girls picked up a win over Manchester on Monday at Harris County in the MLK Classic, 70-53.
The Lady Raiders were led by Kayla Bonilla’s 30 points, while Dawniqua Snead added 12. Manchester was led by Ternazha McGruder, who notched 19, Tykira Campbell who had 11 and Sequoyah Dunlap who also had 11.
Monday at Harris County
Manchester 26 27 12 22—87
Shaw 20 22 20 20—82
Jah’Nile Hill 20, Demarcus Addie 20, Jerquavion Mahone 12, Stevenson 9, Gamble 7, Brown 6, Leonard 5, Sullivan 5, Ferguson 3.
Kourtney Shakespeare 22, Dakeen Diaz 19, Cam Paulding 13, Porter-Wilson 8, Knight 6, Brown 5, Parker 4, Porter 2, Martin 2, Hicks 1.
Records: Manchester, 12-5, 4-0; Shaw, 13-5, 5-1. Next: Manchester, Tuesday at Temple; Shaw, Tuesday at Harris County.
Monday at Harris County
Manchester 13 11 12 17—53
Shaw 17 16 19 18—70
Ternazha McGruder 19, Tykira Campbell 11, Sequoyah Dunlap 11, Copeland 5, Prather 4, Tucker 3.
Kayla Bonilla 30, Dawniqua Snead 12, Dumas 6, Warner 6, Jackson 5, Bagsby 4, Thomas 4, Jack 3.
Records: Manchester, 6-9, 4-0; Shaw, 5-13, 1-5. Next: Manchester, Tuesday at Temple; Shaw, Tuesday at Harris County.