Mad scramble in store in District 7-4A boys basketball

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When the final regular-season buzzers sound across the area on Feb. 9, it’s possible five teams could be tied at 7-7 for the final three boys basketball playoff spots in District 7-4A.

Aledo coach Steve Smith said he thinks it’s fun and Granbury coach David Brazile said he can’t sleep.

“I’m glad Steve’s having a good time,” Brazile said. “Win, lose or draw I stay awake all night this year after a game. If anything, I’ll look forward to some sleep at the end of this season.”

Fort Worth Trimble Tech leads them all, unbeaten in district play.

But as Smith’s Aledo team prepares to play the Bulldogs on Wednesday, he pointed out that Tech has weathered a storm to do it.

Trimble Tech defeated both Aledo and Granbury by just two points each in the first half of district play.

“There’s been no rhyme or reason to anything this year,” Smith said. “I hope we can be a part of the postseason, but there’s going to be two or three teams from this district that won’t be playing, that easily could go three rounds deep or more.”

Just last year, Fort Worth Arlington Heights finished third in district play, only to defeat league champion Tech in the regional semifinals on its way to the state semifinals.

This year, there’s more of the same.

With Tech on top, Aledo, Heights and Fort Worth Southwest are tied for second with 6-5 district records. Granbury and South Hills are a game back in fifth place with 5-6 records.

Tiebreakers? It’s a simple solution for this district, but one Brazile said could be downright insane.

Two teams with the same record would use a one-game playoff to determine who advances. But a tie involving three teams or more would mean a mini-tournament format that might involve a team receiving a bye.

“I was involved one year with a girls team that had to do that and we played Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Brazile said. “Then we had to play our bi-district game the following Tuesday.”

If determining the playoff teams seems jumbled, it may take a third-party arbiter to decide the all-district selections.

Tech’s Spencer Franklin and Kyle Hickey of South Hills figure largely in the equation for district MVP.

“After that, it gets really deep as to the kind of talent we have in this district,” Smith said. “I think there’s kids in this district that could be MVPs in other districts.”

Aledo senior Carl Williams is among the favorites to earn honors as is junior Luke Bishop, who quarterbacked the Bearcats to a state title in December.

Williams is averaging 15.9 points per game.

For Granbury, point guard Clay Brawner has been at the head of the table for the Pirates, averaging 12.5 points, 6.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Thirty and oh!

Kennedale has rolled to an unbeaten season with just three regular-season games remaining.

The performance has led the Wildcats to a No. 2 Class 3A state ranking according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Kennedale reached the regional semifinals last year before exiting the playoffs in a 64-55 loss to Abilene Wylie.

Needless to say at this point, a first loss this season isn’t something Kennedale is looking for this season.

Lake Ridge struggles

After starting its District 15-4A slate 6-2, Mansfield Lake Ridge has dropped three in a row and is trying to keep its playoff hopes intact.

The Eagles must do so in three final games against Waxahachie, Arlington Seguin and Mansfield Legacy.

Lake Ridge beat all three in the first swing of district play.

Clinched

While many of the district playoff pictures remain convoluted in the final stretch of the regular season, several teams can start prepping for the playoffs.

In Class 5A, Arlington Bowie and Arlington Martin have only a District 3-5A title to settle over the final stretch.

Keller, Keller Fossil Ridge and Justin Northwest will square up District 4-5A title concerns as well.

Euless Trinity, with one district loss, also still has work to do in trying to secure the District 6-5A championship over two-loss Irving MacArthur.

In Class 4A, only four teams have clinched and district titles are still on the line.

Birdville, Dunbar, Trimble Tech and Everman will have spots in the bi-district round.

Beyond the arc

Grapevine Faith’s Zach Postema scored 40 points in a win over Fort Worth Christian last week.

Of those points, 30 came from beyond the 3-point arc, where Postema hit 10 shots.

Postema, who averages 17.1 points per game, isn’t even the leading scorer on the team.

That honor falls to Kyle Carter, averaging 20.5 points. He has made 101 3-pointers this year.

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