Keller is in, Ridge fights to stay in position

02/03/2014 1:02 PM

02/03/2014 1:02 PM

Keller boys basketball can tie a bow on a district title this week, but it still has a competitive schedule remaining.

The Indians fought off pesky Timber Creek last Friday in overtime to boost their district mark to 10-1 with three games to play heading into Tuesday’s game with Richland. The rematch with the Rebels was after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com. Richland pinned the only district loss on Keller earlier this year.

What was almost as valuable to Keller as a win over Timber Creek was the opportunity to be pressed in a tight competitive game and fight back.

“Nothing can replace being in a close game,” said Keller head coach Randall Durant. “It’s always a great experience, win or lose, but with that kind of experience that you can’t replicate in practice, you can grow.”

Keller knows it’s in the postseason but the seedings and bonus of a district title are still up for grabs with the three games remaining.

Until the final standings are settled, Durant said the team can work on its mental toughness and focus on the game at hand as well as being more consistent.

After Keller’s game with Richland, the Indians will play Northwest at home and close the regular season at Central.

“Richland is three games behind us and there’s three games left,” Durant said. “Nothing’s settled so it’s far from over.”

In the 55-52 OT win over Timber Creek, Nolan Taylor again led the Indians’ scoring with 23 points.

DeVante’ Waldon had 17 points to lead the Falcons.

•  Behind Keller in the standings is Fossil Ridge, with a 9-2 district record heading into its Tuesday game with Timber Creek. Following is Friday’s game with Richland and the finale with Northwest next Tuesday.

Both Ridge losses have come to the Indians.

With Northwest just a game behind the Panthers and Richland being two games back, the final three games for Ridge are critical to establish a high seed. Northwest still has Keller on the schedule.

“They truly are all big games,” Fossil Ridge head coach Zack Myers said of taking the games one at a time.

“It is nice to actually get a playoff spot locked up,” Myers said. “Now that we’ve made it in, we can now work on the seeding. We still play three good teams. They’re quality opponents. Timber creek is playing really well. We’ll be plenty focused.”

Last Friday’s game appears to be an indication the Panthers are running on all cylinders as they cruised past Carroll, 70-57. Three players hit double figures in scoring, with Cameron Montgomery putting in 21 points, Chris Kouakou hitting for 20 and Ryan Parker adding 13.

•  Timber Creek’s 3-8 district record is deceiving, as the Falcons have been competitive across the district schedule, tagging Richland with a loss earlier in the year.

After the Ridge game played on Tuesday, the Falcons play at Haltom before finishing at home with Carroll.

•  Central, 0-11, had their Tuesday game at Northwest and will travel to Carroll on Friday. Their final game will be at home versus Keller.

The Chargers came up just short of their first district win on Friday in a 49-47 overtime loss to Haltom. Central’s J.R. Rogers led all scorers with 18 points.

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