Mansfield Sports

January 13, 2014

Eagles facing crucial week

Boys Basketball The 3-2 Lake Ridge squad will go a long way toward determining its playoff chances with games against Arlington Seguin on Tuesday and Legacy on Friday.

The Lake Ridge boys basketball team improved to 3-2 in district competition with a victory over Waxahachie on Friday night, and coach Donte Wilson said this week's games are crucial.

The Eagles took on Arlington Seguin on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with cross town rival Legacy at 8 p.m. on Friday at Legacy High School. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.

“They are well-coached, and they are going to defend you,” Wilson said of Legacy. “They are also going to make you defend. It's going to be one of those games that we will have to grind out, and it's going to be a tough one.”

Wilson said the team played well in the 67-34 victory against Waxahachie on Friday night and he said that he was pleased with the overall effort.

“I thought defensively, we improved from the prior game,” Wilson said. “I thought we played a little tougher, and I felt like we won the hustle stats. I think that may have been the difference.”

Lake Ridge improved to 13-4 on the season with the win over Waxahachie.

Wilson said that he is pretty satisfied with how his team is performing as district continues to move forward.

“Compared to a year ago, we're pleased with where we are,” Wilson said. “It could be a lot worse.”

Wilson said last weekend that this week's games are very important for his team.

“I think it's huge,” Wilson said. “Any win is valuable, and a good week would help our case, but I also think that every week is big. I think one of the reasons this week is so big is because it's the one that's next.”

•  Over at Timberview, the Wolves lost an overtime nail-biter to Cedar Hill by a score of 45-43 on Friday night.

Connor Moehring led the team in scoring with 17 points in the game, while Alex Robinson added 11 points for Timberview.

Quinn Sutton, Matt Martin, Gerald Burrell and Emmanual Collins all combined for 15 points in the game for the Wolves.

Timberview played Midlothian on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will play at 7:30 pm. on Friday against Duncanville at Duncanville High School.

•  Not to be outdone on Friday night, Mansfield played a double-overtime thriller against Grand Prairie, ultimately losing to the Gophers by a score of 54-48.

The Tigers had to rally with a 10-4 fourth quarter run in order to send the game into overtime.

Michah Littlejohn led the team in scoring with 17 points against Grand Prairie.

Zach Johnson, Marun Williams, Mo Handy, Abdel Abebo, and DJ Hardin all combined for 28 points in the game.

Mansfield played Cedar Hill on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will host DeSoto at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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