A couple of local boys players are in perfect sync, as scoring marks were set last week in District 5-6A action.
The players, Nolan Taylor from Keller and De’Vante Waldon of Timber Creek, continue to lead their teams to early district season success.
Keller boosted its district mark to 4-0 after a win last week over Fossil Ridge, 81-47. The decisive margin was forged, in part, by the scoring of Taylor’s 40-point night.
Keller head coach Randall Durant wasn’t sure the scoring spree by Taylor was a school record, but said it’s certainly the most by a player during his tenure at the school.
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“It was just one of those nights,” Durant said as to how Taylor was able to gather the total. “He was hot early and he was just shooting the ball well. We had a timeout and he had 37 at the time. We told him he had one possession and we called a play for him to try a three, and he hit it.”
Due to early press deadlines, the result of Friday’s Keller vs. Northwest tilt was unavailable and Keller will have Guyer, another 3-1 team, on Tuesday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“You can’t overlook Northwest, for sure,” Durant said. “Guyer will be an important one. If we can get both of those (Northwest and Guyer), it’ll put us in the driver’s seat.
Keller came back into district play after a holiday tournament performance which had mixed yields. The Indians won their first game but lost to the eventual tournament champion in the next round.
“Once you don’t have a chance to win it all, you can play different guys,” Durant noted, saying many of the players who don’t see a lot of playing time during district play were able to garner some game time in the tournament.
“The focus goes then goes to district,” he said. “There are bigger fish to fry,” Durant said referring to focusing on the district schedule.
Timber Creek is staying in the upper echelon of the district, as the Falcons moved to 3-1 after they went to overtime to tag Guyer with its lone loss going into Friday’s games.
The Falcons beat Guyer 69-66, and were paced by Waldon’s 30 points.
It was a game of ebb-and-flow, as Timber Creek was down by two at the half. But Guyer came on strong in the third quarter, pushing its lead to nine by the end of the period.
The Falcons fought back to tie the game and go into OT before pulling out the win.
Timber Creek was playing Central on Friday and Byron Nelson on Tuesday.
Central was hoping to build on its first district win last week, but couldn’t sustain the momentum when it hosted Nelson.
Nick Rischer led the Chargers in scoring with 16, albeit in a loss to the Bobcats, 56-31.
The loss dropped the Chargers to 1-3 before their game with a hot Timber Creek squad.
Fossil Ridge, after suffering the consecutive losses to Central and Keller, was traveling to Nelson on Friday and Northwest on Tuesday.