McKinney- McKinney junior guard Byron Schoby had his shot stuck on automatic all night long while leading the Lions to a big 52-41 victory over crosstown rival Boyd.
With the win, McKinney still controls its own destiny as it races towards a fourth consecutive playoff berth, while Boyd is officially eliminated from playoff contention. Schoby, who has victimized multiple teams this season with his offensive explosions, added Boyd to the list by draining three consecutive 3-pointers while scoring nine of the Lions first 11 points.
When the fireworks were finally over, Schoby had finished with a career- and game-high 30 points while draining six three-pointers to lead McKinney to a series sweep over their crosstown showdown rivals.
“The first couple of shots felt good so I knew I was in for a good night, but all props go to my teammates for finding me in good spots which allowed me to take advantage of their 2-3 zone and have a big night,” said Schoby. “I’m glad I had a big game, but tonight was all about our team winning because we have to win out to make the playoffs, so we came out very motivated tonight. We are very focused on making the playoffs and making a run, and tonight was a big step towards making that happen.”
Just like their matchup earlier this season, McKinney jumped out to a double-figure lead by starting the game on a 14-2 run, which forced Boyd head coach Jeremy Josey to call a quick timeout. Unlike their previous matchup, Boyd was able to fight back by overcoming seven first quarter turnovers and getting big shots from Matthew Denman, Andrew Bowman, and Osayimwen Osifo.
A late second quarter putback by Osifo gave the Broncos a 24-23 lead heading into halftime, their first lead over the Lions in either of their two matchups this season.
Despite taking a loss at home to their crosstown rivals, Boyd did an excellent job of representing Red Nation in a high-energy matchup.
“We were more poised to deal with their opening run and our guys responded well to their pressure, and the first half tempo favored our style of ball which allowed us to get back in the game,” Josey said. “The six turnovers in the third quarter and the two to begin the fourth really hurt us because we didn’t get shots up to answer their big shots. Now we are focused on closing the season on the right note by getting two big victories over Allen and Wylie to close out the season.”
McKinney would get back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Dominic St. Leon and Schoby to take a 35-29 lead in the third and never look back. St. Leon finished as the only Lion besides Schoby in double figures with 11 points, while McKinney turned 21 Boyd turnovers into 22 points to regain control of the game and cruise to another double-digit victory over the Broncos.
With the crosstown showdown sweep in its back pocket, McKinney is now focused on getting two much-needed victories over Plano West and Plano to gain entry into postseason play.
“They weathered the storm early and put themselves in a good position by closing the half strong and making us go through a little adversity, which I think we needed in the big picture,” said Wes Watson, McKinney head coach. “I’m glad we got the win over Boyd but now our focus is on getting a win over a very proud Plano West program, so all we have to do is beat Plano to get in the playoffs Tuesday night.”