The Timberview boys basketball team improved its district record to 1-1 on Friday night with a 56-43 victory over rival Mansfield in a game coach Duane Gregory said is always hard-fought.
The Wolves will competed in the Fort Worth ISD Coca Cola Classic Tournament this coming week, and Gregory said the expectations are to play tough against some teams that he believes will help prepare Timberview for the rigors of District 7-5A competition.
“We want to try to get some look at other players to help get them ready for district competition, because we open up with DeSoto, [South Grand Prairie] and Cedar Hill, back to back to back, and I don't think there is a tougher stretch in the state than that,” Gregory said. “So our guys have to be able to respond to that, and the Christmas tournament is a way to hopefully get our feet back under us and get ready to move forward.”
Timberview defeated Mansfield by 13 points last week, but Gregory said it was by no means an easy win for the Wolves.
“It's always a big rivalry game whenever we play Mansfield, and I thought that our kids were ready to step up to the challenge that Mansfield always presents,” Gregory said. “We did a good job of trying to stop their transition.
“They are getting a little more up-tempo this year, and Micah [Littlejohn] in particular is very talented in that flow of the game. It was a focus for us to try to limit that, and I thought we did a good job of that.”
Alex Robinson scored 23 points in the game against Mansfield, while Matt Martin added 11 points.
Tyus Momoh, Emmanuel Collins, Quinn Sutton and Sean Coleman all combined for 22 points in the game, and Gregory said he believes his team is headed in the right direction.
“We're making steps forward,” Gregory said. “We just need to keep things moving that way. We have a couple of guys that have a lot of varsity experience. We have a couple more guys that have a little experience and then the rest of the guys are pretty green. We are moving forward, and guys are improving and starting to step up to the challenges, which you hope to see throughout the course of a season.”
• Over at Legacy High School, the Broncos evened their district record as well with a 47-33 victory over Red Oak on Friday night.
Charles Harmon led the team in scoring with 10 points, while Jared McGee and Chris Smith added nine points each in the game for the Broncos.
Derrick Hall, Chad Pursley, Sam Hauge and C. Rodriguez all combined for 19 points in the game.
Legacy will compete in the Aledo Moritz Holiday Classic Tournament over the Christmas break.