The Mansfield boys basketball team picked up its first district win Friday night with a 58-52 win against Midlothian, and coach Jason Speakes said that his team was fairly impressive in the win.
Mansfield played Duncanville on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will take on Grand Prairie at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Mansfield High School.
“Going into the season, it was expected that DeSoto and South Grand Prairie would lead this district, and that may still happen,” Speakes said. “But right now, Grand Prairie is leading the district at 3-0. They've got a great back court and are playing some great basketball.
“But we like the challenge, we enjoy playing at home, and we look forward to them coming in here on Friday night.”
The Tigers defeated Midlothian on Friday night by six points and Speakes said, while the team played well, he did still see a need for some improvement.
“We came out shooting the ball well, but we didn't defend as well as I was anticipating,” Speakes said. “Now, Midlothian can shoot the ball well from the outside, so it was kind of a shoot-out early on, but the game kind of settled down, and we got better defensively as the game went on and got some key stops when we needed them.”
Speakes said, in reflecting on the first three games of district play, he is starting to learn more about where his team stands.
“What we are starting to see, and we knew this would happen, is that teams are really starting to key in on Micah Littlejohn and trying to take him out of the game and defending him in a difficult manner,” Speakes said. “We've had to make some adjustments and try to get some other people involved. That being said we have had some back court players, Zach Johnson and Mo Handy, really elevate their game. They have really picked up their point production lately.”
• Over at Timberview, the Wolves lost a tough one to DeSoto on Friday night, losing 79-40 to move to 1-2 in district competition.
Alex Robinson led the team in scoring with 12 points, while Tyus Momoh added 11 points in the game for Timberview.
Emmanual Collins, Gerald Burrell, Quin Sutton, Anderson and Matt Martin all combined for 17 points in the game for the Wolves.
Timberview played South Grand Prairie on Tuesday night and will square off with Cedar Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Cedar Hill High School.