Jaguars in position to earn playoff spot

01/20/2014 11:35 AM

01/20/2014 11:37 AM

The Summit boys basketball team wrapped up the first half of district play with a 4-3 record, and coach Jason Mutterer said that he believes his team is in good position to earn a playoff spot.

Summit played Waxahachie on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will host third-place Arlington Seguin on Friday night.

The Jaguars will then travel to Lake Ridge next Tuesday at 8 p.m. to set up a cross-town rivalry district match up against a team that is also trying to claw its way back into playoff position.

“Lake Ridge is a very talented team,” Mutterer said. “We will have to limit them in the things they do well. We have to go in and stick to the game plan that we put in well, and we have to be disciplined in what we do.”

Summit lost to Lancaster 71-60 on Friday, and Mutterer said that there were some issues in the game that need to be addressed.

“The first half, we took some bad shots on offense, but played pretty good defense,” Mutterer said. “At halftime, it switched. They got second and third opportunities in the second half. I was proud of the way that our kids competed. Lancaster is an extremely talented team.”

The fifth- through eight-seeded teams were all 2-5 through the first half of district play, but Mutterer said it is important not to get caught up in the record for this district.

“As district coaches, we all talk about the difficulty of this district,” Mutterer said. “There seems to be that divide in there, but those 2-5 teams have beaten some teams that are ahead of them, so every night, you have to play.

“That's probably the most difficult thing as a high school coach, is to get your players to understand that regardless of what you did the first time or how successful you were the first time, it is going to be a battle and war every night the second time we play people in district.”

In order to have a strong second half run from Summit, Mutterer said it will take a couple of things.

“We will have to have consistency from night to night from our players,” Mutterer said. “The second thing is that, offensively, we have to dictate the pace of games. We need to get out and transition more. Sometimes we play like we're a half-court team, and we're not. The third and most important thing is to limit teams to one shot when they're on the offensive end of the court.”

•  Over at Timberview, the Wolves lost a tough one to Duncanville on Friday night by a score of 60-44 on the road.

Alex Robinson led the team in scoring with 21 points in the game.

Matt Martin, Tyus Momoh, Gerald Burrell, Emmanuel Collins, Connor Moehring and Quinn Sutton all combined for 23 points in the game for Timberview.

Timberview played Grand Prairie on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will take on Mansfield at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Mansfield High School.

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