CUSTER — Mason County Eastern junior Clay Shoup exploded on the visiting Cadillac Heritage Christian boys’ basketball team for 42 points in the Cardinals’ 67-52 non-conference win Tuesday night.
It was the fourth time in his career that Shoup has hit for 40 or more points. No one in school history has ever done it more than once.
“We asked our guys to step it up and to be more physical, and they responded,” said Eastern coach Mark Forner. “Clay had a very strong offensive game and Zach Howe and Nate Wing were the keys to our defense. It was a solid win for us.”
Eastern snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Cardinals got off to a strong star by outscoring Heritage Christian, 19-11 in the first quarter. Eastern clamped down on Heritage defensively in the second period and had a 13-6 advantage to finish the first half with a 32-17 lead.
Shoup, who was 11-of-12 at the free throw line, knocked down five 3-point shots. Wing followed him in the scoring column for the Cardinals with eight points and Tyndall added seven.