Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine boys hoops off to hot start, face bigger tests

The Grapevine boys basketball team jumped out to a 2-0 start in district last week with victories over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside and Birdville, and coach Jeremy Mills said that things appear to be headed in the right direction.

The Mustangs played Lake Dallas on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Fort Worth Polytechnic at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center.

“They are extremely athletic,” Mills said of Poly. “They have a player named Jordan Mitchell who is probably one of the best scorers in our district. We just have to keep him in front of us, and not allowing their athleticism to hurt us by getting in for lay ups and going to the free throw line.”

Grapevine defeated Carter-Riverside by 60 points last Tuesday and followed it up with a 21-point win against Birdville on Friday night.

“Gabe Ford had a monster game,” Mills said. “He hit seven 3’s and had four of them in the first quarter. He just kept scoring and completely controlled the game for us. We had a great team effort defensively, holding Birdville to 37 points. I was just real pleased with how we played. It seemed like we just kept getting stronger and stronger each quarter.”

Ford finished the game with 29 points for the Mustangs.

With a 2-0 start to district play and with both victories coming by more than 20 points, the Mustangs seemed to be steamrolling into district play, and Mills said he did expect his team to do well early on.

“I expected us to get off to a great start,” Mills said. “Two home games to start district, I expected to win both of them, and the team expected to win both of them. The real challenge starts this week, going on the road to Lake Dallas and Fort Worth Poly.”

Mills said that one of the best parts for him is the fact that he is getting contributions from everywhere.

“It's a complete team effort,” Mills said. “We pretty much have our rotation down, and all of the guys are doing their rolls to the best of their abilities and it is just a great team effort right now.”