The Grapevine boys basketball team lost a tough one to Trinity on Friday night, but is still firmly entrenched in the playoff hunt.
The Mustangs played Irving MacArthur on Tuesday after the press deadline and will take on Nimitz at 8 p.m. on Friday at Nimitz High School. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“Nimitz has a couple of big kids and a couple of athletic guards,” head coach Kevin Starnes said. “They're going to try to speed us up and try to play fast. I think what we're going to need to do is control the tempo, and we are going to need to defend them well in the half court.
“We need to make them take jump shots, and we need to hold them to a single shot. We can't let them get offensive rebounds. If we can do those things on defense, I think right now, we are playing pretty well on offense, and we'll be in good shape there.”
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Grapevine lost to Trinity by a score of 45-27 on Friday, and Starnes said that his team actually played pretty well through much of the game.
“We made a game plan for them, and I felt like the game plan was good for three quarters,” Starnes said. “Then in the fourth quarter, they shot the ball really well, and we just didn't hit shots when we needed to. Myles Turner is a very good player, and he is a lot to handle, but he has a lot of other weapons around him that makes them a tough team.”
Turner finished with 17 points in the game for the Trojans.
Starnes said that his teams has played pretty well to this point, but added that the Mustangs will have to do a couple of areas they need to improve.
“I feel OK about our team, but I feel like we need to be focused from the beginning,” he said. “We need to be physical on defense, and we need to shoot the ball well. I think if we do those things, we'll be all right. We've done them sometimes, but we need to put 32 minutes together.
“We're running out of games here, and every game is so much more important than the last one, so we can't afford to drop any.”
Starnes said this past weekend that this week's games were critical to getting into good postseason position because of the parity in the district.
“It's very important, because we play two teams that are right there pushing for a playoff spot that we want,” Starnes said this past weekend. “This week is very pivotal in terms of getting where we need to be, so we need to put two good games together.”
• Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers picked up their first district victory of the season on Friday night, defeating Irving Nimitz by a score of 59-43.
Alex Weaver led the team in scoring with 11 points, while Brady Miller and Markey Young each scored 10 points in the game.
Derrick Donnell, Jacob Sisk, Noah Nelson, Wes Mong, J.D. Stumpf and Sam Teklitz all combined for 28 points in the game for the Panthers.
Colleyville Heritage played R.L. Turner on Tuesday after the press deadline, and will take on L.D. Bell at 8 p.m. on Friday at CHHS.