Prep Basketball

High-flying Raejzuan Shockley helps Cedar Rapids Jefferson get off to a winning start

Junior forward nets 13 points in 54-22 victory over Clinton

CEDAR RAPIDS — How many high school basketball teams run back-pick lob plays to a kid who’s only 6-foot-2?

Cedar Rapids Jefferson does.

Of course, neither one to Raejzuan Shockley worked Tuesday night. That was about the only thing that didn’t work in the J-Hawks’ 54-22 season-opening win over Clinton.

Jefferson ran lobs for the junior forward to open things and then to begin the second quarter. It did the same thing last week at the start of its game at a preseason jamboree.

That’s how high he can fly.

“It’s kind of a talent, I guess,” Shockley said, with a wide smile.

Yeah, it is. He finished with 13 points, tying guard Willie Guy for team scoring honors.

Guy is a given for Jefferson, an outstanding player from whom you know you’re going to get points. The same could be said for fellow guard Ozzie Meiborg.

But if someone like Shockley can contribute like this, the J-Hawks have a chance. He averaged only three points a game last season but continually slashed to the bucket here and went over defenders.

“He has come a long way over the last two years,” said Jefferson Coach Brandon Horman. “He’s had a little bit of illness in the middle of the last two seasons, right when he was starting to come on. It’s tamped him down a little bit. But he’s been working his tail off, along with everybody else. Everybody is so much improved from a year ago."

Guy and Shockley accounted for this game’s first 10 points, including a Shockley dunk in transition after a Clinton turnover. It was 32-7 at the half, Clinton scoring just one field goal in each of the first two quarters.

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“I was pleased with how they played,” Horman said. “That’s how they’ve been in practice every day. Pretty high energy, for the most part. Pleased with the outcome.”

“We always do pretty good moving the ball around,” Shockley said. “Not being selfish with the ball and getting everybody a touch, setting up people in good places to score. Tonight, I thought we did pretty good with that. But we could have done better.”

All 15 guys got a lot of playing time, too, for Jefferson, which doesn’t play again until a week from Friday night against Cedar Rapids Washington. That’s how important it was to get this victory.

The J-Hawks seek to improve upon last season’s record of 9-13. They’re off to a pretty good start with that.

AT CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON

CLINTON (22): Damarcus Knox 0-0 0-0 0, Bret Myli 3-5 1-3 7, L.J. Henderson 3-6 5-8 12, Frederick Williams 1-5 0-0 3, Max Holy 0-2 0-0 0, Malachi Mojeiko 0-0 0-0 0, Yair Perez 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Hoffman 0-5 0-0 0, David Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kyler Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Horan 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Shannon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-24 6-11 22.

CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON (54): Sam Staley 2-2 1-3 5, Raejzuan Shockley 6-10 1-2 13, Willie Guy 5-9 1-1 13, Blaze Bouzek 1-5 0-0 3, Ozzie Meiborg 1-6 0-0 3, Dymonte Hawkins 3-5 1-1 7, Jackson Snyder 1-1 2-2 5, Evan Griffith 0-1 1-2 1, Tytan Meyers 1-2 0-0 2, Brayden Kindhart 0-0 0-0 0, Maison Read 0-1 0-0 0, Brayden Boche 0-0 0-0 0, Kenneth Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Theophile Habimana 1-2 0-0 2, Gabriel Coyle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-45 7-11 54.

Halftime — C.R. Jefferson 32, Clinton 7. 3-point goals — Clinton 2-14 (Henderson 1-1, Williams 1-5, Holy 0-2, Hoffman 0-5, Johnson 0-1), C.R. Jefferson 5-14 (Guy 2-3, Bouzek 1-4, Meiborg 1-3, Hawkins 0-1, Snyder 1-1, Meyers 0-1, Read 0-1). Rebounds — Clinton 17 (Henderson, Williams 3), C.R. Jefferson 27 (Staley, Hawkins 5). Total fouls — Clinton 10, C.R. Jefferson 12. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Clinton 20, C.R. Jefferson 11.

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