Texans rolling heading into Spring Creek Classic

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The Northwest boys basketball team notched another victory last Tuesday afternoon, defeating Colleyville Heritage 52-45 in what coach Mike Hatch said was a good victory for his team.

Northwest will compete in the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Classic this weekend, and Hatch said Northwest will definitely have its hands full.

“This is a tough, tough tournament,” Hatch said. “So we are going in just hoping to get better every game. We are looking to answer the bell against some really good competition. I feel confident that we will, and we'll play well. But in this tournament, you can play well and still not always win the game.

“It's one of those things where you are going to see the best possible competition around, and hopefully it will allow us to see what it is going to take for us to be as good as we can possibly be.”

The Texans open the tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night against Killeen Ellison.

Northwest defeated Colleyville Heritage in the final game before the break, and Hatch said it was a good opportunity to see the type of competition it will face once in district play.

“It was a different kind of game for us, because Colleyville Heritage is really disciplined and they dictate tempo really well,” Hatch said. “It was really more of a grinding-type game that we haven't really played a lot of this year, and it was a little more district-like.

“A lot of the teams in our district really play the same way, so I was really pleased with the way we played. We took care of the ball well, shot free throws well and just made plays when we had to. We didn't panic, the defense continues to get better each game, so I was very pleased with the win.”

Taylor Johnson finished the game with 21 points for the Texans and has scored 20 or more in two of his last three games.

Hatch said Johnson is a difficult player to stop because of his instincts.

“He's just so hard to guard,” Hatch said. “He's got a knack for always being around the ball. He picks up a trash bucket here and there, and he's really shot the ball well the past couple of games. He makes his free throws, and more than anything, he puts himself in a position to score.”

While Northwest is off to strong start this season, going 6-2 through its first eight games, Hatch said that there are a couple of areas of concern.

“Our defense has not been great so far,” Hatch said. “We've been kind of hit-or-miss on defense, so we've really tried to improve there in the last week or so. We've tried to focus on defense and do some things to make sure we pick it up in that area.

“The other thing that is probably even more concerning is the rebounding. We have been out rebounded for the last three games, and we have to do a better job there. We don't have a big horse inside, so that means that everybody has to contribute rebounding-wise.”

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