The Grapevine boys basketball team had a strong showing at the Amarillo Tournament last weekend, and coach Kevin Starnes said he believes it was just what the doctor ordered for the Mustangs as they move forward in district competition.
Grapevine went 3-1 in tournament competition at Amarillo, defeating Amarillo High, Amarillo Palo Duro and Odessa Permian, and said he was pleased with how his team performed.
“I thought this tournament was a huge step forward for our team,” Starnes said. “We really played good basketball. I feel like we've kind of turned the corner or taken a step in the right direction. We beat Permian, a perennial playoff team. We beat Palo Duro in triple overtime on their home court and then beat Amarillo on their home court in an overtime game.”
Starnes said that he believes his team accomplished exactly what it needed to in the Amarillo Tournament and said that he really believes the competition could not have come at a better time for his team.
“We played four teams that will be in the playoffs,” Starnes said. “For a team that has aspirations to get to the postseason and win a playoff game, to play that caliber of opponent is something that we need. Especially now that we are in district, that really helps.
“We have 12 regular season games remaining, and all 12 are huge, and this was a great prep for that.”
Daniel Eibel averaged 20.5 points per game in the tournament to lead the way for the Mustangs.
“He would be our standout player in the tournament,” Starnes said. “He was our best performer there.”
Grapevine will play at Irving at 8 p.m. on Friday, and Starnes said he expects his team to have its hands full.
“They have a couple of good shooters, and they are athletic,” Starnes said. “They have beaten some teams along the way in the non-district schedule that were good teams. We go their place first, so it is going to be a battle. They play extremely hard, and we need to have a good week of practice to prepare for them.”• Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers traveled to Humble this past weekend to compete in the Kingwood Insperity Holiday Classic.
Colleyville lost to Langham Creek 48-43 to start the tournament and dropped its second game on Friday to Cypress Springs by a score of 48-29.
The Panthers rebounded on Saturday, however, with a 56-50 victory over Klein Oak to finish the competition with a 1-2 overall record.
Colleyville Heritage will resume district play at 8 p.m. on Friday night when they take on Irving MacArthur at Colleyville Heritage High School.