High School Sports

Carroll boys basketball is in the thick of playoff race

After dropping a 60-46 decision to Keller Fossil Ridge on Jan. 7, the Southlake Carroll boys basketball team found itself with its backs against the wall falling to 0-4 in District 4-5A. Many might believe they were out of the race.

Three weeks later, coach Eric McDade has his team back where he wants with a chance to earn a playoff berth after a four-game win streak. It was snapped Friday with a 51-50 loss to Justin Northwest.

“The kids are responding right now,” McDade said. “The guys are buying into what we are trying to do and it has just taken some time to develop that chemistry having a short non district schedule to start and then adding in all those ice days.”

The team started its turn around with a 72-55 victory over Haltom and rolled off wins over Keller Timber Creek, before pulling off an upset of Richland 86-85 a team they now trail by just one game for the final playoff berth. Next up this week are two huge games against Keller tomorrow and Fossil Ridge on Friday.

“The kids have kept a great attitude all year and we have gotten some great senior leadership,” McDade said. “We have a heavy stretch coming up in the next week as all the games at this point are big. It’s a grind and you just have to defend your home court and hopefully steal a win or two on the road.”

While McDade calls it a total team effort the leaders on the court would be Sammy Silver who averages about 10 points a game. Cole Partyka and Cooper Westland have also added to the mix as has Lil Jordan Humphrey who came over from football.

“We don’t have just one star on this team,” McDade said. “We have about five guys who average 8 to 10 points a game and that makes us a little tougher to defend. We tell the kids if you defend well and rebound you’re going to give yourself a chance to win games.”