Keller Citizen

Timber Creek ready to make up time

The Timber Creek boys basketball team is looking to make up lost game experience by scheduling an additional game this Friday.

The Falcons will play at Flower Mound to help make up four lost games at a tournament in San Angelo last weekend due to the weather.

A game with Byron Nelson was scheduled for Tuesday, but classes being canceled on Monday may have forced a rescheduling of the contest. Complete details were unavailable at the press deadline.

Still, Timber Creek is left with just eight games under their belt as they prepare for the district opener against Central on Dec. 17. The Falcons entered the week at 4-4.

“Missing the four games at the San Angelo tournament throws us out of whack,” said Timber Creek head coach Brad Mouser. “We’re four games behind, so we scheduled Friday at Flower Mound.”

Timber Creek was able to post a 47-31 win over Aledo last Tuesday to help build momentum before the hiatus in the season because of the ice storms.

“We need to be tweaking and adjusting and see how it works in a game,” Mouser said. “We’re playing defense and seen some good things and I’ve been impressed. But we have room for improvement.”

The offense just isn’t putting the ball in the basket, Mouser said. “If we can do that, we’d be more than 4-4.”

The Falcons haven’t practiced since last Wednesday as they were preparing to leave Thursday for San Angelo. “We need to get back in the gym and get the kinks worked out,” Mouser added. “Everyone is dealing with the same thing, though.”

Mouser noted he’s seen the balance of the squad step up to make things happen.

“Night in and night out, they’ve all been about equal,” Mouser said of the top six to eight players.

“Some nights you don’t know which group is your starting group,” he said, “as the bench is helping as much as the starters. We just need to cut down on turnovers as a group.”

John Hatcher been putting in quality time for Timber Creek as Mouser said he has stepped up and been a leading scorer, while Michael Waldon has also been a top contributor. Dare Brazeal has been the leading rebounder for the Falcons.

Following the district opener with Central, Timber Creek will then travel to Richland.

“District is going to be tough, but we’re excited,” Mouser said.

•  Keller extended every amount of hospitality to their guests from South Australia except for how they treated their guests on the court in a 76-42 win in exhibition last week. They did drop a 60-53 game to Triple A Academy in the Boswell Tournament. Their other games were canceled in the tournament. Keller was to play at Mansfield Timberview on Tuesday and then at Fossil Ridge the next Tuesday to open district play.

•  Central, 0-5, was to play Marcus on Tuesday, conditions permitting. They’ll add a game with Lake Dallas on Friday before the Timber Creek district opener on Dec. 17. The next Friday, the Chargers will play at Fossil Ridge.

•  Fossil Ridge, 4-3, is coming off a 44-29 win over Colleyville Heritage. Ryan Parker has made the transition from the football field to the court, as he poured in 19 points for Ridge. Chris Kouakou had 14 points. They’ll prep for their district opener with Keller on Tuesday.