Jaguars off to strong start

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Ice and snow kept the Summit boys basketball team from competing in what would have likely been its strongest tournament of the non-district season this past weekend.

The Jaguars were able to head into their extended break on a high note, however, as they defeated Timberview 57-48 last Tuesday to improve to 6-3 on the season.

Coach Jason Mutterer said that he has been pleased with what he has seen from his players so far this season and said the team has still not achieved its full potential just yet.

“We've had some good wins,” Mutterer said. “We beat Mansfield in our first game, and we beat Keller up at Keller. We beat Timberview this past week, and we played in a very tough tournament down in Houston, where we lost three games, but all three teams were state-ranked 5A teams.”

Mutterer said the layoff has been tough because it has disrupted the team's rhythm, but said that he and he believes he has sufficient depth to help his team get through it.

“As coaches, our biggest concern, because we are such an up-tempo team, and we press full-court and transition quick, is conditioning,” Mutterer said. “If we've been sitting around for four days doing nothing or even jumping jacks or whatever, you can't match that cardio. Luckily, we've got 15 guys that can all play. We've got a deep bench, and that is going to help us a lot.”

Mutterer said that the game against Timberview was a good victory for his team.

“I thought we executed well on both ends of the floor,” Mutterer said. “I think that our pressure really wore Timberview down. We didn't shoot the ball as well as we wanted, because we had some great looks and didn't hit some shots that we had been hitting this season.

“But any time you face a cross-town rival, it doesn't matter what you win by, it's nice to beat people within our school district.”

Mutterer said that his team is progressing nicely and is close to where it needs to be as district approaches, and said when his team travels to Irving MacArthur at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, he knows his team will have the opportunity to continue to get better.

“They have a Division I kid who can really play,” Mutterer said. “They are like us. They are a bunch of guards, and they are very similar to the style we play. They get up and down; they shoot the ball well, and they transition well. It's probably going to be one of those fourth-quarter, last-possession kind of games.”

•  Over at Legacy, the Broncos defeated Fort Worth Southwest 46-43 last Monday, and Darren Adams led the team in scoring with 14 points.

Legacy will play at 7:30 on Friday night at Crowley.

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