Mansfield School & Family Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 27

T he first weekend of Spring Break for the Timberview Boys’ basketball team started with a Mansfield sized sendoff with students from multiple schools lining the streets to offer well wishes and ended with history, as the Wolves brought home the first boys’ basketball State title in MISD history. The championship game started slowly with the Wolves heading into halftime down by 10. Coach Duane Gregory had a simple message for his team. “I told them if you just go out there and do what you have done for almost 40 games — Defend, run, repeat. Defend, run, repeat — the tables are going to turn are they are going to turn quickly.” The Wolves heard their Coach’s message and they came out on fire. They turned a ten point deficit into a six point lead heading into the fourth. They went on to win by a score of 74-66. Junior guard Chris Mullins was named MVP of the State Tournament. He led the Wolves with 36 points. “In the first half we were a little timid and missed the opportunity to score,” said Mullins. “In the second half we just played our hearts out.” For Coach Gregory, this win was all about chemistry. “They get along so well, on and off the court. After every big win, I tell them to handle success, protect this chemistry and listen to the right voices. They have done just that and I am very proud of these guys.” Timberview ended the season with a record of 32-7. The Timberview boys weren’t the only team to represent MISD at the State tournament. An 18 game winning streak led the Timberview girls to the State finals to face Canyon High School. A nail biter left the girls just two points short of victory, with Canyon winning by a final score of 47-45. Although they fell just short of the State title, the Timberview Lady Wolves ended their season with an impressive 37-3 record. “Having one team go to the State finals is impressive,” said Mansfield ISD Athletic Director Philip O’Neal. “Having two teams make it to the State finals in the same sport in the same year --- that is just all out incredible. It shows the high level of the talent of students and the talent and dedication of our coaching staff. I could not be more proud of both our Timberview boys’ and girls’ teams and how they’ve conducted themselves both on and off the court this year.” Mansfield School & Family 25