Mansfield Sports

Wolves ready for battle after tough non-district slate

Timberview’s Gerald Burrull takes a shot against Lancaster in what was a challenging non-district schedule for the Wolves.
Timberview’s Gerald Burrull takes a shot against Lancaster in what was a challenging non-district schedule for the Wolves. News-Mirror

The Timberview boys basketball team is off to a strong start this year, and coach Duane Gregory said that he is confident his team is capable of capturing one of the district's playoff spots.

The Wolves were 1-1 through their first two district games of the season, and Gregory said that he believes that the non-district slate has done a good job of preparing Timberview for district play.

“The non-district schedule has been pretty competitive for us,” Gregory said. “We've been in a couple of pretty good tournaments in Tom Rogers and then the Spring Creek tournament in Mansfield.

“Those are two very tough tournaments there, and then our other non-district games gave us some good looks at the challenges we will face in district. That was kind of the idea of putting that non-district schedule together.”

Gregory said that while on the surface, it may seem that Timberview was positively affected by the UIL district realignment this season, that is not necessarily the case.

“It's funny,” Gregory said. “Everyone says to me, ‘you must be glad you dropped down to 5A, because you're not in there with Duncanville and DeSoto and all those folks anymore.’ I always say, ‘well, it hasn't gotten any easier, with Lancaster, Summit, Lake Ridge, Seguin, and all these other teams that are good as well.’

“So really, it hasn't been that different in that regard. You're dropping from one really good group of teams to another very strong district with this one.”

Timberview will be competing in the Forth Worth ISD Tournament over the winter break, but will have nice layoff as well for which Gregory has a definite objective.

“We're are going to try to get a little bit of rest on those five days that we get after the tournament,” Gregory said. “And in this district, being a nine-team district, we will have already played four district games going into the winter break. We just want guys to kind of heal up and rest.”

Gregory said it has been a really good team effort from his team so far and said in order to have a strong season and get into the playoffs, it will take a couple of things.

“We're going to have to play to our strengths, both offensively and defensively,” Gregory said. “It's not really racing up and down the court for us as it is the physical kind of contests, where we have played some of our better games this year.

“We have to embrace that and continue to climb so that hopefully when district comes to an end, we are peaking and ready for the playoffs.”