Timber Creek picked up the school’s first varsity tournament championship as it rolled to the Moritz Holiday Classic title last week in Aledo.
The Falcons had been to a tournament final in the school’s first year when competing on the JV level, but Moritz was the first varsity championship for the school.
Timber Creek defeated Arlington in the finals, 68-36. De’Vante Waldon led all scorers with 23 points for Timber Creek and was named MVP.
Timber Creek was on a six-game win streak after picking up four straight in the Holiday Classic as the Falcons jump back in to District 5-6A play this week.
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A big game with Keller was on the agenda for Tuesday. That game was to pit two of the pre-season’s favorites against each other for the first of two games.
The Falcons will host Northwest on Friday.
In the Moritz tournament, Timber Creek head coach Brad Mouser said the Falcons played three of their better games. The other – a semifinal win over Paschal – was a slow-shooting affair for the squad.
Timber Creek survived on their defensive efforts in the 37-34 win over Paschal. Waldon helped pull the Falcons out at the end, finishing with a game-high 14 points.
Mouser said the momentum can help heading back into district play, “but in district, it’s a long drive with 13 games ahead.”
The tournament – in addition to building momentum – helped the Falcons get all the players back on the same page while knocking off some rust. Players who had previously been sidelined with injuries, were back on the court during the tournament, Mouser said.
“The district is pretty tough,” Mouser added. “You’re going to have some ups and downs so you need to win the ones you’re supposed to at home and steal a few on the road. You’ve got to be ready to play when you step on the floor.”
Keller went 1-2 in the Whataburger tournament but will likely be more focused on the district games ahead for the Indians.
Although the Indians picked up just one win, Nolan Taylor, R.J. Nembhard and Brock Anders continue to build an offensive nucleus which should serve the Indians well as the district games approach.
The Keller squad was playing Timber Creek on Tuesday and will be at Denton Ryan on Friday. They’ll also be away for the upcoming Tuesday game versus Fossil Ridge.
Ridge had the same luck as in their holiday outing, going 1-2 in the Fort Worth ISD Classic.
The Panthers had Ryan in their early week game and are at Central on Friday.
Although Central lost its first district game, the Chargers were able to pick up two wins in the Mortiz tournament.
The Chargers knocked off host Aledo to open the tournament and then notched a win over Midlothian. Malik Mashek and Nick Rischer were top offensive performers for Central during the tournament.
Central was at Denton Guyer on Tuesday and will be at home when they have Ridge come on Friday.