The season came to an end for the Timberview boys basketball team last Friday night, losing to West Mesquite 89-81 in the regional semifinals in a game coach Duane Gregory said his team was in almost all the way to the very end.
The Wolves defeated Lufkin in the regional quarterfinals last Tuesday and were just one game away from a berth in the state tournament.
“It was a very fast-paced game,” Gregory said. “There was a lot of up and down. At times, I thought we played well and other times, we got little caught up in the up and down. But it was a one-point game going into the fourth quarter, and we thought we had a good chance. West Mesquite came out and hit a couple of shots, and that kind of changed momentum a little bit, and we just couldn’t make it happen. But the kids battled hard and played hard. I was real proud of them.”
Gregory said he is very satisfied with how the season went as a whole.
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“When you consider that we were 1-3 in district going into the district break, I think it was a great year,” Gregory said. “They reached the regional tournament, and the guys did a great job of sticking together, staying the course and not getting distracted. They played the game the right way and slowly got better and better. They won 11 in a row until the West Mesquite game, so I was real pleased with how they played together.”
Gregory said he hopes his players take away a couple of things from this season.
“When you are willing to sacrifice for each other, everybody comes out ahead in the end,” Gregory said. “That is something we talk about is that for them to be as good as they could possibly be, they were going to have to play the game a certain way. That required them to sacrifice some of the things they want do for the betterment of the team. This team bought into that completely, and that was a huge factor in the success they had.”
The Wolves will be losing Colin Hadnot and Roman Garrett-Anderson to graduation, but other than that, Gregory his team is in pretty good shape for next season.
“Those are two tough guys to replace, but the rest of them are coming back,” Gregory said. “We had a good JV squad with guys that are anxious to move up ... it’s going to be a really competitive situation next year, and I’m excited for the possibilities.”