published Monday, December 26th, 2011

O’Donohue a game-chager for McCallie

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    McCallie's Terrance O'Donohue rebounds over Tyner's Bristen Bridgeman. O'Donohue was named the Times Free Press prep player of the week.
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Offensively, Terrance O’Donohue has the ability to change the game due to the fact that he’s a 6-foot-8 center. Defensively, the exact same thing can be said.

During a stretch in which McCallie played five games in five days last week, O’Donohue scored 71 points, grabbed 42 rebounds while adding 26 blocks. Those averages of 14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks in the team’s 5-0 week were enough to earn him Times Free Press Player of the Week honors.

The team went 2-0 in the St. Francis Tournament in Alpharetta, defeating South Carolina 3A state runner-up Southside and tournament host St. Francis early in the week, then coming to the Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament and claiming wins over Cleveland, Red Bank and Tyner en route to their first-ever title in the event. O’Donohue was all-tournament in the St. Francis tourney and most valuable player in BOP.

The thing that stands out about O’Donohue’s week according to head coach Dan Wadley couldn’t even be measured in stats.

“I was more impressed by his calmness and attitude,” Wadley said. “He was challenged a lot this week, and I thought he handled it well.”

O’Donohue handled opponents trying to challenge him at the basket as well, with the block total being “probably a record” at McCallie, according to Wadley.

“He not only has that ability to score and rebound, but he blocks so many shots as well,” the coach said. “In the championship game [of BOP], Tyner has a couple of guys that challenge you inside. Terrance did a good job of altering shots and staying out of foul trouble. He’s worked real hard on his defense, and he’s improved in that aspect.”

Wadley noted that the Southside game was possibly his best. O’Donohue finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the game, but had a span of seven points in 22 seconds that swayed momentum in McCallie’s favor.

“He scored, that had a steal and a dunk, then followed that with a steal and a 3-pointer,” Wadley said. “Like that, it was ‘Bam-Bam-Bam’ and he had scored seven points.”

So much attention is paid to McCallie’s guard trio of C.J. Reese, Cordell James and Jamaal Calvin, but Wadley has a message for anybody wanting to focus on the three.

“A lot of people talk about our guards, but I remind them that we have a really good post, too,” he said. “He brings an inside presence that we haven’t had in the past.”

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