Panthers look to polish up in Kingwood Tournament

12/23/2013 12:00 AM

12/22/2013 4:23 PM

The Colleyville Heritage boys basketball team has struggled in its first two district games of the season, but coach Stephen Hamrick said his team continues to show signs of improvement.

The Panthers will compete in the Humble Kingwood Tournament over Christmas break, and Hamrick said this will be a good opportunity to accomplish two team objectives.

“That has been a very good tournament in the past,” Hamrick said. “It's very difficult, because you are competing against teams you haven't seen and don't know. It is a great opportunity for us to fact strong competition, but also to get close as a team, because we will be close together, away from home, and we have to stick together to get things done.”

Colleyville lost to Grapevine 49-29 on Friday night, and Hamrick said there were a couple of problems for his team in the game.

“We've got to get better,” Hamrick said. “We have to be more efficient offensively, the time of possession did not go our way, and we have to do better executing and making shots.”

Hamrick said his team is continuing to show signs of improvement as district gets underway.

“We're making some progress, especially on the defensive end,” Hamrick said. “But right now we are putting so much pressure on the defense and struggling on offense that it is hard. It's hard on your defense to sustain it night in and night out when you put that much pressure on them.

“When you're offense is not clicking and making shots, it is very difficult. There is some progress, but there are growing pains with that, and we just have to keep moving forward and persevere and get better.”

Hamrick said starting district with two losses is difficult and his team will need to do a couple of things to get beyond that.

“You've got move forward,” Hamrick said. “It's a long season, and it is the nature of the game of basketball ... the most important game is the next game. The past is the past and you have to move forward. Each possession is important, and you just have to take that next step.”

•  Grapevine improved to 1-1 in district competition with the victory against Colleyville Heritage on Friday night with a 16-4 third quarter being the biggest difference in the game.

Daniel Eibel led the way for the Mustangs with 11 points, while Devonta Jones and Andrew Lastinger added eight points each in the game.

Austin Sherry, Bryce Batchelor, Bryce Hill, Gabe Ford and T. Scorie all combined for 22 points in the game for Grapevine.

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