Keller Citizen

Early going to offer up tournament experience

The coming holiday has tournament action and early week games to hold local boys basketball teams until early December.

Teams such as Timber Creek and Central were just getting their seasons launched last Friday night while Keller and Fossil Ridge have broken the first sweat on the court.

This weekend, Timber Creek and Keller have been invited to participate in the Hoopfest event at Duncanville. The event is loaded with some of the better teams from Texas and Oklahoma, including a contingent of Houston-area schools.

Timber Creek will play Arlington Seguin in the Hoopfest pairing. Their season-opener was against a solid Frisco Lonestar squad.

“It’s an honor to be invited,” Timber Creek head coach Brad Mouser said of the Hoopfest game play.

Seguin is ranked 12th in 5A, so Mouser said his team will soon know where they stand.

The Falcons were then set to take on Aledo on Tuesday.

District play will begin on Dec. 18 and Timber Creek will have worked to answer a key question.

“What’s our post play going to be this year?” Mouser said. “We have four returners and we’ll have good guard play, but the post play is our big question.

“The kids are fired up but there’s still plenty to clean up,” Mouser added.

Keller, which will also be in Duncanville for the Hoopfest games, opened with a loss to Plano last week, 76-57.

Nolan Taylor led the Indians with 22 points while R.J. Nembhard added eight and Paul Brewer, seven points.

Greenhill was on the schedule for Saturday for Keller and Tuesday’s game was at home versus Mansfield Summit.

Fossil Ridge notched a close win over Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 48-47, in its opener.

The Panthers were able to hold off the Rangers as Michael Wilkerson scored 13 and Brendan Blontz and Derrick McGee each added 10 points for Fossil Ridge. Braylyn Lovelace had six points for the Panthers.

They will now host Trinity on Tuesday following their Friday game with Birdville.

Central will take on Everman, Mansfield and Denton before district play begins.