Northeast Tarrant

Dragons enter week in fifth, looks to push into playoffs

In spite of executing a massive rally on Friday night, the Carroll boys basketball team came up just short against Euless Trinity, and now has its sights set on Haltom.

The Dragons played Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with the Buffalos at 8 p.m. on Friday in Haltom City. See for results.

“We're a half-game back,” coach Eric McDade said. “But all of the teams with the exception of Heritage and Coppell have four losses. Haltom is one game back, with just six games out, and they are going to have to win out to get in. So, going over there this Friday is going to be huge. They are going to give us everything they've got.”

Carroll lost to Trinity by a score of 59-58 on Friday night, following a 25-9 fourth quarter run by the Dragons, who trailed by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter.

“That was just a wild game,” McDade said. “We knew it was going to be a dog fight until the end. They are battling for playoff position, and we are too. They are actually getting kind of hot right now in the second half of district. Going over there, we knew it was going to be a tough game. They've got a great guard (Jhivvan Jackson), but we held him to one point in the first half.

“In the third quarter, he comes out and scored 16 to 17 points and just goes off. We get down, but the next thing you know, we go on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter. We cut it to two or three. We shot a three at the end, thought we were fouled, but we weren't, and that was it.”

McDade said that he was really pleased to see that his guys did not give up once they got down by double digits heading into the fourth, but added that he would never expect his team to do that, anyway.

“These guys are warriors, and they've battled all year,” McDade said. “These type of games remind them just to stay patient and to hang in there. Sometimes, when you're down, you feel like everything is going against you and you're not going to get any breaks. But basketball is a funny game.

“You keep moving and keep the game close, and the breaks will start coming, and that is what happened. They made some turnovers at timely moments and we made some big shots. The guys did a great job.”

McDade said that moving forward, he just wants his team to continue to do what it has been doing all season long.

“I think that if you look around at our district and the other districts, it's like this every year,” McDade said. “You're trying to find your best group and get your rotations right. You really want to enter the postseason playing your best basketball.

“So we just want to keep improving and make that our common theme. That magnitude of the game just gets bigger as the season wraps up.”