The Carroll boys basketball team had won three straight games heading into Tuesday night's match up with Richland, and coach Eric McDade said that he believes his team is headed in the right direction.
Carroll played the Rebels on Tuesday after the press deadline and will host Northwest at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“I expect them to be really focused and ready to play,” McDade said of Northwest. “Their coach (Mike Hatch) does a really good job at getting his guys ready. I expect it to be a war. We're just going to come and try to continue to play our game and push the tempo and have some fun.”
Carroll defeated Keller Central and Keller Timber Creek this past week, and McDade said he feels like his team is starting to really improve in the areas it needs to in order to be successful.
“I feel like we are playing pretty good,” McDade said. “The best thing is that we are getting a different tempo going. Our press is going well and we've shot the ball well, also. In addition to that, in the last three games, I want to see we've been to the free throw lines 70 times. That just shows that we are playing very aggressive and attacking hard. It has also opened up our outside game, because we've made 27 threes in our last three games.”
In the game against Timber Creek, Sammy Silver led the team in scoring with 22 points, while Jordan Humphrey added 17 points for the Dragons.
Andy Flores, Cole Partyka, Rhett Taylor, Cooper Westland, Hunter Summy, Landry Mead and Cooper Osburn combined for 29 points in the game.
The Dragons moved to 3-4 in district play and were in fifth place in the district standings heading into Tuesday's game with Richland.
McDade said that his team could not have performed better this past week when it needed to in order to keep hits playoff hopes alive.
“I think our guys answered the call and really stepped up the the plate,” McDade said. “Our running theme all year is just to keep trying to get better. I think we are getting better each game, and it happens to be at the right time, which is a good thing.”
McDade said he is pleased that his team is still within striking distance of a playoff berth this year given the level of competition the Dragons face night in and night out.
“I was talking to the players and coaches about how our district is really, really strong this year,” McDade said. “The teams that our district teams have beaten outside of the district this season are some of the best in the state. For instance, South Grand Prairie is ranked number two in the state, and earlier this season Richland beat them. So we just have a great basketball district.”