However that's why games aren't played on paper, as the old adage goes. It proved true on Saturday as the Crusaders got a terrific effort from the Duke bound forward while easily winning 92-48.
The Staples game plan on the defensive end centered around containing McClure, with a 1-3-1 zone that made it impossible for the 6-foot-6 combo forward to have any success in the lane. So he looked elsewhere.
"We saw they were trying to concentrate on me early on," said McClure of Staples' defensive strategy. "Early on I made sure I played good defense and was able to get my teammates involved. Mike Trimboli played really well for us, I think he had around 30."
Perhaps the highlight of the night came from McClure, who went backdoor on an alley-oop that got the crowd roaring. Unfortunately it was one of the last plays the future Blue Devil was able to make as he picked up a fourth foul midway through the fourth quarter, though the game was already well in hand.
Trinity led 27-10 after the first quarter en route to improving to 8-0 on the season and 5-0 in conference.
Stay tuned to TDD for more on David McClure and other future Devils...