Keller Citizen

Indians, Falcons jostle for position

Keller’s R.J. Nembhard recently returned from injury and could help the Indians wrap up second place in district over the final games.
Keller’s R.J. Nembhard recently returned from injury and could help the Indians wrap up second place in district over the final games. Special to the Star-Telegram

After the Keller boys basketball team drew back even with Timber Creek last week at 7-2 in district play, Timber Creek has a chance to take an upper hand, of sorts, as they host league-leader Denton Guyer on Friday.

Keller had dropped consecutive games to Guyer and Byron Nelson before posting an important win over the Falcons.

This week, after Timber Creek takes on Northwest in their early week game, the Falcons have a chance to post a sweep over the Guyer team to own a tiebreaker over the Wildcats.

By the same token, the win over Timber Creek, while pushing Keller into a tie with the Falcons, almost as importantly gives the Indians the tiebreaker over Timber Creek.

The 49-37 win for Keller was a tight, one-point game after the first quarter, but Keller stretched its lead to nine by halftime.

A trio of Indians had 14 points each – R.J. Nembhard, Nolan Taylor and Brock Anders.

DeVante Waldon led all scorers for Timber Creek with 17.

A big advantage for Keller was the return of Nembhard, who had missed six district games due to a turf toe, said head coach Randall Durant.

The race down the stretch is likened to a marathon, and Keller and Timber Creek will have to show their distance running ability.

“I tell the kids that it’s a long distance marathon and the teams that keep that in mind will do well,” Durant said.

Most all the District 5-6A teams still have many teams to play a second time.

The two losses for Keller can have beneficial effects if handled appropriately.

“It gives us a chance to be a little more hungry,” Durant said. “If things come easy and you haven’t lost, it’s easy for the kids to lose focus.

“After Nelson beat us, we became a little more locked-in.”

Keller has Denton Ryan and Fossil Ridge this week.

Timber Creek has the tougher week ahead, with Northwest and Denton Guyer.

Byron Nelson was hanging on to the final playoff spot in fourth place heading into this week’s games and after having upset Keller last week.

Central and Fossil Ridge could be a big grudge-game matchup on Tuesday. Although results were unavailable at the press deadline, game scores can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Ridge was looking for its first district win against the 1-8 Chargers.

Central will look to improve on its record, not only against the Panthers but also against Nelson on Friday.

It was just a 50-48 margin for Central when it beat Fossil Ridge in their first meeting.

For the Panthers, after Tuesday’s game with Central, they’ll have the Friday trip to Keller.

For Ridge to put all the pieces together, the Panthers will again look to Jack Ray and Austin Nelson to lead them in scoring.

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