As proud as Golden Tornado Coach Gregg Moreland is of this year’s hoopsters, he is still just as quick to point out that they have one valuable lesson that they still have to learn to enjoy the type of season he strongly believes they are capable of having.
“We still haven’t quite learned the art of putting four good quarters of basketball together, which you’ve got to be able to do to win playoff basketball,” Moreland said.
Case in point, Tuesday night’s home finale here against Denver City at Follis Gymnasium.
After starting Tuesday’s game with a big first half, up 49-24 at the break, the Tor hoop boys sputtered throughout the second half. Denver City, which ended up going 0-10 in a very tough District 2-4A hoop race, actually ended up outscoring the home team, 33-23, in the final two quarters, but it was not near enough to make up for that first half of play.
“We ended up letting that foot off the gas pedal there toward the end tonight. As much as we liked how we finished up last weekend’s game at Brownfield, we didn’t tonight,” Moreland said, referring to last Friday’s 86-84 overtime victory at Brownfield that has the Tor hoop boys advancing to the state playoffs for a ninth straight time in the Moreland Era.
The now 26-6 Tor hoop boys will open up those Class 4 state hoop playoffs by taking on District 1-4A champion Bushland at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview.
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