Northeast Tarrant

Mustangs, Panthers boys hoops ready for rivalry game

The Grapevine basketball team has not been coming up with the results it is looking for lately, but coach Jeremy Mills said that is not for a lack of effort.

The Mustangs played Coppell on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will play at 8 p.m. on Friday at Colleyville Heritage.

“Colleyville Heritage is a lot like us this year,” Mills said. “They are extremely young. I think we may even be a little more experienced this year than they are. We are playing eight juniors this year on varsity. With it being Colleyville Heritage, though, I don’t think that matters, because it is a rivalry, and it is going to be a close, competitive game. The kids in the community are going to be excited to play, and expect it to be a good, rivalry game.”

Grapevine lost to Highland Park by a score of 51-50 last Tuesday, and coach Jeremy Mills said that his team is competing well, but coming up just short.

“I thought that we performed well and competed, but just didn’t finish,” Mills said. “We lost a close game by one point, and a late turnover kind of hurt us. Then they got the ball and we fouled them.

“They made the game winning free throw, but I was really pleased with how we competed, especially without our starting post, Andrew Lastinger. We’ve actually had to play the last two games without him, and in both games, we’ve lost by one.”

Mills said his team has to do a better job of finishing teams off in the fourth quarter, but said that overall, he is feeling pretty good about how his team is competing as district gets set to get underway.

“I feel like right now, we are more focused on us right now and just trying to get better each and every day,” Mills said. “As we do that, I think that will help us prepare for our district. We know that the district is going to be tough, and Dunbar is the team to beat. There are a lot of really different styles of play in our district.

“Last year, Dunbar and Birdville were the top two teams in our district, and they are completely different kinds of opponents. So right now, we’re focused on us, and as we get closer, we will start focusing on each individual opponent.”