Key games in District 5-6A’s boys basketball season are arriving on each game day as the schedule continues during the first round of play.
Early on, Keller and Denton Guyer are staying just a step ahead of the remainder of the pack.
Keller will have a matchup of the expected unbeatens on Jan. 19 when Denton Guyer comes to play at the Indians’ gym.
Keller still has to find its way through this week’s games hosting Fossil Ridge and at Northwest on Friday, though.
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Last week, Keller had a great outing in getting past Timber Creek and Denton Ryan.
Timber Creek will have its shot at boosting its district standing (2-1 going into this week’s games) as the Falcons were taking on Guyer in the early week game.
Timber Creek, although losing to Keller, had a convincing 64-49 win over Northwest.
In that win for the Falcons, De’Vante Waldon went off for 28 points.
Also for Timber Creek, Taylor Goodrich added 11 and Dare Brazeal had nine points.
The Falcons will play host to Central on Friday, following their game with Guyer earlier in the week.
Central just had their introduction to Guyer last Friday, and came away with a 59-42 loss.
The Chargers also picked up their first district win at the expense of Fossil Ridge, 50-48.
“The kids were a little tight, as we have a young team,” said Central head coach Gerald Sledge. “It was a rivalry game with Fossil Ridge and it will always be loud. The energy was high,” Sledge said.
“We were starting a freshman, three sophomores and a senior,” Sledge said of the Chargers’ youth.
The Chargers didn’t get off to a great start and Sledge said the team had yet to figure out how to overcome adversity.
“We hadn’t been there before,” he said, but noted that at halftime he described the analogy of arm wrestling.
“You know when you’re losing in arm wrestling. We had to get to a ‘heck-no’ mode,” Sledge said. “You have to decide, heck no, you’re not going to let it happen.”
Central forged a 10-point lead late in the game and didn’t know how to deal with the seemingly imminent win.
A strong third quarter performance propelled the Chargers to the win over the Panthers, as Ridge made a comeback run which came up short down the stretch.
Nick Rischer and Savon Myers paced the Chargers’ scoring with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
For the Panthers, Jackson Ray led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Austin Nelson contributed 13.
After a Fossil Ridge run had cut the lead to five, a Panthers three-pointer shaved the lead to two.
Central was able to get the ball into play and finish out the clock for the win.
The Chargers also stayed in the game with Guyer until late in the game.
Up next is Byron Nelson for Central and then Timber Creek on Friday.
“That’s a winnable game,” Sledge said of the early week game with Nelson.
For Ridge, after the Keller game, they’ll travel to Byron Nelson for their Friday game.