Weather cancels fine-tuning chances for basketball teams

12/09/2013 8:17 AM

12/09/2013 8:19 AM

The big story this past weekend was the local weather, and among other things it wreaked havoc on area sporting events. One of the casualties was the annual Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Holiday Classic, a 16-team boys basketball tournament hosted by MISD schools. All five high schools: Mansfield, Summit, Legacy, Timberview and Lake Ridge were scheduled to participate in the event. Coaches and players alike shared similar sentiments about the unfortunate cancellation.

“It was a pretty major disappointment that we had to cancel the tournament due to weather,” Timberview coach Duane Gregory said.

“It’s very disappointing because it’s probably the most competitive field we’ve had for our tournament. There was going to be some good basketball played this past weekend in our gyms,” Summit coach Jason Mutterer added.

It’s actually the second time in less than a decade that weather has affected the tournament. In 2006, icy conditions caused Thursday action to be postponed, but teams were able to play on Friday and Saturday. There was no such luck in 2013.

More than just disappointing, there are practical implications for MISD teams. With district play only a week away, it means fewer opportunities for teams to fine-tune.

“As far as trying to look at certain combinations and certain game situations, it’s an impact,” Gregory said. “I was looking forward to getting those four games into a three-day span to take a couple of steps forward.”

Mutterer agreed, and added that not only did they miss game action, the weather prevented valuable practice opportunities.

“All of us basketball coaches need games this time of year to get ready for the most important part of the season, which is district play,” he said. “Your kids have to be conditioned, especially the way we play. For four days, our kids haven’t been able to get up and down the court and that just impacts their condition. The guys haven’t had the ball in their hands for four days, so that can lead to some pretty ugly basketball going into district play.”

Both coaches were also quick to point out, though, that with the cancellation of all games and tournaments across the Metroplex, every team finds itself in the same predicament.

“I think it probably evens out,” Gregory said.

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