The Carroll boys basketball team picked up its first district victory of the season on Friday night with a 72-55 victory over Haltom and now looks to round out the first half of 4-5A competition on a high note.
The Dragons played Keller Central on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will host Keller Timber Creek at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“Timber Creek has a veteran ball club,” coach Eric McDade said. “I think they have pretty much all of their starters back but one from last year. They play well, and I think they are right there in the mix to be a playoff team. It will be a war at home on Friday.
“We're looking forward to a great crowd, which was one of the biggest differences in the game against Haltom, too. It was packed, and we want to get it wall-to-wall again this week.”
Carroll actually trailed the Buffalos 20-10 at the end of the first quarter of the game on Friday, but McDade said that once his players settled down, they really took care of business.
“We played an outstanding game,”McDade said. “The offense is really coming together. The guys came out with great energy and enthusiasm. I think in the first quarter, we were trying to get back on track a little too hard, and Haltom jumped on us pretty good.
“But we battled back and scored 49 points between the second and third quarter and really had a great offensive outburst.”
McDade said that coming back against Haltom was a good shot in the arm for his team.
“I think it was tremendous for our confidence,” McDade said. “We talked about it a little bit today. We are good team who has had some tough opponents. Our district is really good, but we're going to hang right in there with them. For us, it comes down to putting four quarters together.”
McDade said that his assessment of the season so far is mostly positive.
“I think that our defense has really been phenomenal,” McDade said. “There have only been two teams this year that have scored more than 50 points this year. Most teams score in the 40-point range. Offensively, we have to keep getting better and finding ways to get to the free-throw line.”
McDade said while the games this week are important, he does not really see them as being any more crucial than the other games the Dragons will play in this season.
“They're all critical,” McDade said. “I think our guys really understand what the situation is. Last year, we started out 5-2 in the first half, and then go 0-4 in the next four games. We are kind of in the same situation we were in last year, except reversed. We've got make sure we keep our focused, take it game by game and understand that each game is very important.”