The Mansfield boys basketball team defeated cross town rival Timberview on Friday night, and coach Jason Speakes said he believes his team is continuing to show signs of improvement.
The Tigers played Midlothian on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will play Duncanville on Friday in a rematch of a game that Speakes said was the only district contest so far in which his team did not compete very well.
“Duncanville is probably the most sound defensive team that we may have in our district,” Speakes said. “They really do a nice job making you take difficult shots, and they take you out of what you are trying to do offensively. We are going to have to find a way to get the shots we want.
“I will say this. We've got them at home, and we're kind of a different at home. We struggle on the road, but we are always very competitive at home and shot the ball better. I'd like to think that we will have a much better showing this time around.”
Mansfield defeated Timberview 50-47 on Friday night to improve to 2-7 in district competition, and Speakes said it was a strong effort from his team.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort,” Speakes said. “They only had 22 points in three quarters. That was outstanding. We rebounded the ball well, which has been kind of a problem for us in district play. We made some big plays down the stretch that gave us a much needed victory.”
Speakes said the objective for his team at this point is to keep making progress.
“We're still trying to improve, and I think that our team is still improving,” Speakes said. “The only disappointing game to me was the Duncanville game, where we really didn't compete at all. Other than that, we have been competitive in every game.
“We're still trying to grow and get better, and I'm trying to lay a foundation in my first year of competitiveness and team work and fighting through adversity. Those are the trademarks of our programs, so we are going to continue to work on those things.”
Chris Smith led the team in scoring with 10 points, while Darren Adams and Chad Pursley contributed nine points each in the game.
Derrick Hall and Nick Stanley combined for 15 points in the game for Legacy.
Corinthian Ramsey led the team in scoring with 23 points, while Terrance Hubby scored 19 points in the game for the Jags.
Jabeeri Fountain and Keilyn Nance each scored 12 points for Summit and Doug Palacio finished the game with 8 points for the Jaguars.