Northeast Tarrant

Dragons hoops looking to do one better than last year

Carroll’s Joey McCormick shoots against Justin Northwest in the early season.
Carroll’s Joey McCormick shoots against Justin Northwest in the early season. Star-Telegram

The Carroll boys basketball season is underway and the Dragons are looking to improve upon their fifth-place finish from last year. That, of course, would mean a playoff berth.

Carroll lost a play-in game to Colleyville Heritage following a 6-6 mark in 7-6A competition, and coach Eric McDade said that, based on early indications, things are shaping up pretty well for his team.

“We’ve got about 11 guys that have been playing, and we are starting to build up some chemistry among the guys,” McDade said. “We know that we still have some guys coming back from football as well and will help us out. So we are just trying to get into a nice little form.”

Some of the Dragons’ stronger returning players this season include Cooper Osburn, Austin Smith, Joey McCormick, Matt Landers and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and McDade said that there are a couple of objectives for the season.

“I think whenever you enter into a season you always want to do well in district and win a district championship,” McDade said. “We want to do that and advance in the playoffs. Those our goals, but right now the main goal is to find out who we are. We lost some great seniors, and we have to replace them with kids that are filling new roles, so that is what we are working on right now.”

Carroll played the defending state champion Plano West on Monday after the press deadline and will not play again until Dec. 8.

McDade said he scheduled the weeklong break for his varsity team for a couple of reasons.

“After playing a tournament the first week of the season, we decided to get some practices in the second week,” McDade said. “We wanted to get those guys without much experience some experience early, so we can be ready for district and get our bench right. The gap is because we are hosting a subvarsity tournament, but also because we want those guys that haven’t been here due to football to get to practice.”

In order to have a successful season and make the playoffs, McDade said his team will need to play to its potential.

“We have a great group of seniors to lead us,” McDade said. “It is just going to take those guys stepping up, which they have already proven they can do, and then our young guys to play to their potential and realize that they can play at this level. Region I in 6A basketball in Texas is by far the toughest region. We have to know what we are in for and get ready to rock and roll.”