Northeast Tarrant

Dragons basketball taking on tough North Crowley team

The Carroll boys basketball team had a strong showing at the Cedar Hill Tournament this past weekend, and coach Eric McDade said he believes that things are starting to come together.

The Dragons played Mansfield on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at North Crowley.

“They are probably deeper than they’ve been in a while,” McDade said. “I think their coach [Tommy Brakel] was really excited about this bunch, and rightfully so. They are a very good program – one of the best programs in the state. To just be given the opportunity to go their and play them in their gym, we expect it to be a good game.”

Carroll went 3-1 in the Cedar Hill Tournament, and McDade said that his team played very well.

“We did great,” McDade said. “We’ve talked about getting our chemistry right. We got the opportunity to get some guys in that have been playing football and we did that. We went 3-1 down there, and I felt we got better and better as the tournament went on. It was good, really good.”

McDade said that he was pleased with most of his players’ efforts in the tournament.

“It was a team effort,” McDade said. “In the first game against El Paso Andress, the state runner ups from last year, everyone was involved. Then we beat [Converse] Judson, and they are number five in the state, so that was a huge win for us. We then turned around a played a good Houston Madison team. The guys did a great job.”

Jack McBride and Lil’Jordan Humphrey were both named to the all-tournament team.

As district approaches, McDade said there are a few areas where he would like to see improvement, but added that he does feel like his team is playing well.

“I feel good about it, but we are still looking for a little more energy from our defense,” McDade said. “I’d like for us to be a little more active, and that is what we are looking for now. But overall, I love the way our kids share the ball and play for each other. It definitely makes for a beautiful game.”