By: Eric Van Dril | March 2, 2017
Issac McKay is just a sophomore, but Perspectives-MSA/Joslin assistant coach Marcellus Phelps was frank with him at halftime of the Wolves’ regional semifinal against Clemente.
“He came up to me and said, ‘The only way we’re going to win this game is if you step up and contribute,’ McKay, who was scoreless in the first half, said. “I just wanted to come out and do something for my team.”
McKay didn’t just contribute in the second half of No. 11 Perspectives-MSA/Joslin’s 68-66 victory over No. 6 Clemente on Wednesday evening, he was the catalyst in the Wolves’ comeback.
McKay scored his first point of the game when his team trailed 48-41 in the final minutes of the third quarter. The 6-foot-2 forward closed the third quarter with a pair of buckets at the rim.
McKay, one of the most athletic players in the White-West this season, began the fourth quarter by grabbing an offensive rebound and finishing in close. With under four minutes remaining, McKay scored in transition and then hit a mid-range jumper from the baseline that put the Wolves (11-16) ahead 63-59.
McKay finished with 12 points and six rebounds. It was a great performance in a big-time setting, but not all that shocking for his teammates to witness.
“Issac’s going to be one of the best players in the city his senior year. Issac is real good. Everyone knows he has it,” Perspectives-MSA/Joslin senior guard Dre Lightfoot said. “Issac is crazy athletic. … We’ve almost got to (defend him with a) box-and-one in practice. It’s a good thing he’s on our team.”