Mansfield Sports

Cohesive play elevates Timberview boys hoops, coach says

Chris Mullins had 22 points for Timberview against Marshall.
Chris Mullins had 22 points for Timberview against Marshall. Star-Telegram Archive

The Timberview boys basketball team steamrolled its way through its first two postseason opponents, and coach Duane Gregory said that his team has not done anything different – it is just playing well.

Timberview played Lufkin on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and Gregory said that even if the season came to an end for the Wolves, the season would still be considered successful.

“We’ve had a great year, but I think we are capable of going beyond this point,” Gregory said. “If they play the way they are capable of playing, we should be able to advance. But the kids have played such a high quality of ball this season that I feel this has been a successful season.”

Timberview defeated Marshall by a score of 80-57 in the area round last Friday night, and Gregory said that his team looked sharp in most parts of the game.

“I thought we played really good defensively and shared the ball very well offensively,” Gregory said. “We just played good team basketball. We eventually ran away with it.”

Tim Johnson scored 23 points in the game, while Chris Mullins added 22 points for the Wolves.

William Owens, Jarious Thomas, Colin Hadnot, Isaac Likekele, Mylese Austin, Jaylon Calhoun, Roman Garrett-Anderson, Rossi Paul and C.J. Smith all combined for 35 points in the game.

Timberview defeated Dallas Adamson by a score of 72-33 last Tuesday in the bi-district round, and Gregory said his team looked almost equally as strong.

“I felt like we got out to a good, quick start and kind of moved forward from there,” Gregory said. “The guys maintained a high level of play throughout the game.”

Even with the two big wins to start the postseason, Gregory said not much has changed for his team.

“They are not doing anything spectacular, really, they are just playing well together,” Gregory said. “It is as simple as that. I know that doesn’t sound real impressive, but they’re moving the ball, they’re sharing the ball, they’re getting good looks. They’re getting stops defensively and getting out in transition and shooting at a fairly high percentage. They’re just doing a great job.”