Mansfield Sports

Dramatic final week looms for Wolves

Quinn Sutton (left) and the Timberview Wolves have played their way back into postseason contention.
Quinn Sutton (left) and the Timberview Wolves have played their way back into postseason contention. Star-Telegram Archive

Just when it appeared that the Timberview boys basketball team’s season was going to quietly fizzle out without a playoff appearance, the Wolves heated up in a major way.

Timberview halted a five-game losing streak last Tuesday with a victory over Legacy, and then won its second straight against Ennis on Friday night to force itself back into the playoff hunt.

Now, with the right combination of victories and opponent losses, the Wolves can capture a postseason berth, and coach Duane Gregory said that would be a great accomplishment.

“Those two wins were pretty big for us,” Gregory said. “I think a big part of it was the way that the guys stuck together during that skid that we were on. I told them that a lot of times teams, in the second half of district especially, will start to gripe at each other and come apart a bit. These guys stayed solid and stayed together, and I think that camaraderie has played a big part.”

Gregory said that he believes it says a lot about the character of his team.

“I think it is a huge statement,” Gregory said. “This is a group of guys that actually like each other. Throughout the entire locker room, there is a genuine like for each other. There is no back stabbing or people whispering or anything like that. They are pulling for each other, and they play to each others’ strengths.”

Timberview defeated Ennis on Friday night by a score of 76-36, and Gregory said that his team did a lot of things well in the game, particularly in the second half.

“In the first half, we didn't really play the style of ball we'd been playing recently,” Gregory said. “In the second half, we kind of corrected that a little bit. I think that was why we were able to extend that lead as much as we did in the second half, because we got back to our style of play.”

Timberview played Red Oak on Tuesday night, and a victory, combined with a Seguin loss, would clinch a playoff spot for the Wolves.

Otherwise, Timberview would need to win out, with its final game being against district and longtime rival Summit.

Timberview will square off with Summit at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Timberview High School gymnasium, and Gregory said he knows his team will have its hands full.

“They try to get things up tempo with their ball pressure,” Gregory said. “We just have to maintain our composure and play together. We know what's going to come. It's just a matter of going out and executing.”