Coaches always say they want their teams to peak at the right time, and for Timberview boys basketball, they hope to be headed for a crescendo.
The Wolves haven’t added to their loss column in 2015, winning the first three games of the new year – all important district matchups. Overall, Timberview has won five straight heading into Tuesday night’s critical meeting with Summit. A Wolves victory would pull them level in the 14-5A standings with the Jaguars, who suffered their first district loss at Red Oak last Tuesday, and keep Timberview in the hunt for a district title.
“I think we’re starting to come together pretty well at this point in time. We’ve talked all year about making an upward climb throughout the year and start peaking at the back half of district and I think we’re heading in that direction.” coach Duane Gregory said.
“We’ve been playing really good team defense. We’ve had really good shot selection and the guys are playing well together and sharing the ball on the offensive end and getting stops on the defensive end. That’s how you envision it happening and the guys are doing it right now,” he continued.
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Most important for Gregory is the way his team has built its momentum – by playing great team basketball.
“What I kind of like about it is that we don’t really have just one guy standing out,” he said. “It’s real balanced right now.”
Friday night’s victory over Red Oak is a prime example. Three different players – Jokwon Bagby, Quinn Sutton and Chris Mullins – each had 13 points to lead the team. Dawaun Brakens had nine points and three other players each had seven.
“I definitely feel like we’re jelling as a team together. Everybody is figuring out their roles in the team,” Sutton said. “In the beginning we were kind of trying to figure out who would be the scorer and who would be what else. Now we’ve basically figured out that we have to do it as a team. We’ve been trying to use more plays to get everyone touches on the ball.”
Sutton also praised the emergence of newcomer Mullins.
“He’s definitely stepped up as a role player as a freshman,” he said.
Gregory said the team concept is something he hoped the team would buy into.
“That’s kind of what we’ve been preaching from day one, that this is going to have to be a united effort,” he said. “They’re going to have to buy into each other, play for each other and play with each other. That’s kind of what they’re doing right now and hopefully we can continue on that path and just keep this gradual, upward climb.”
Sutton also used the mountain analogy, adding that as good as they’ve been lately that they still have plenty of room for improvement.
“I feel like we can only get better,” he said. “As we climb this mountain we’re trying to reach, I feel like we’re going to reach some good heights and we can do some good things as a team. I feel like we’ve seen some of the best teams [in district] and we’ve seen the way they play. We’re going to be ready and prepared to battle against them later in the season.”