Teams gearing up for Spring Creek Classic

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The Mansfield boys basketball team finished 1-2 at the Arlington Martin basketball tournament last weekend, and coach Jason Speakes said he was pretty pleased with how his team competed.

The Tigers will compete in the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Classic this week, and Speakes said he knows that his team is going to have its work cut out for it.

“All of us Mansfield coaches were talking the other day, and there is nowhere to hide,” Speakes said. “There are some stellar teams coming into our tournament. We are off Tuesday, so we have three full days to practice and prepare to get ready. I hope we can win some games and make some noise. Playing at our top level, we are as good as anybody around, but we have gone through phases where we can be had, so we are trying to find that level of consistency more than anything else right now.”

Mansfield defeated Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt and lost to Keller and Plano in the Arlington Martin tournament, and Speakes said he was quite impressed with the level of competition his team faced.

“It's always difficult coming off of a holiday,” Speakes said. “You don't get the practice time you'd like, so there are a lot of variables involved. I thought we competed well. We played two very tough teams in Keller and Plano. They are both very nicely put-together teams that are going to win a lot of games this year. But both of those games were close.

“Keller was a three-point game at the half and the Plano game was a one-point game at the half. We played well in the second half in both of those games and they both just kind of slipped away from us.”

Micah Littlejohn scored 26, 22 and 20 respectively in Mansfield's three games and was selected to the all-tournament team.

“He's shooting at a very high percentage,” Speakes said. “He's getting to the foul line, which is something we've talked a lot about with him getting in there and initiating some contact. He is shooting from the outside. He's just doing a little bit of everything.

“My only concern is that I am looking for some supporting cast, because I know guys are going to start keying in on him, and we've got to get some other guys to step up and help him out.”

•  Over at Timberview, the Wolves defeated Colleyville Heritage 46-41 in the Tom Rogers tournament on Saturday in Fort Worth.

Quinn Sutton led the team in scoring with 12 points, while Tyrus Momoh added 10 points in the game.

•  Lake Ridge hammered North Dallas 80-37 on Saturday, as Jacob Vann led the team in scoring with 15 points. T.J. Robinson added 13 points and Keith Rowe scored 10 points in the game for Lake Ridge.

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