HERALD Photo/Adam Coleman â Luke Adams tries to fend off a Bowie defender in the Big Spring Steersâ bi-district playoff game Tuesday. No. 4 Kennedale is on tap in the boysâ Class 3A area championship game at 8 p.m. today in Breckenridge.
The Big Spring Steers are trying not to put too much pressure on themselves as todayâs area championship matchup against No. 4 Kenndale at 8 p.m. in Breckenridge approaches.
After the Steers won Tuesdayâs bi-district playoff game against Bowie, head coach Cliff Thompson mentioned if Big Spring beats Kennedale, there wonât be any movies made labeling it as the greatest upset of all time.
The message has been simple: Donât be nervous, just believe.
âJust believe you can hang,â Thompson said. âEveryone know theyâre a good team and weâre the underdog. Nobodyâs ever gone and upset someone not believing. I think we have a pretty good game plan. If we execute and keep it close, you never know whatâll happen.â
Itâll be Luke Adams, Tristian Clay, Marc Segundo and company against Kennedaleâs towering post players and solid guard play.
Thompson said the key in this one is the first quarter. The Steers wonât necessarily have to set the tone as much as they have to make sure Kennedale doesnât have a big first quarter and get into rhythm.
Kennedale has size in the post, with a player listed at 6-foot-5 and another at 6-foot-10. The Wildcats have the ability to score in the paint consistently and can dominate the glass, too. They also have a freshman point guard, who Thompson said may be their best player with his ability to create his own offense.
Kennedaleâs strong post play means it should be a busy night for Chazzell Robinson and Devante Lloyd.
âTheyâve played against some guys in our district who are not quite his size,â Thompson said. âTheyâve seen size this year. Itâs not like itâs anything theyâre unaccustomed to. This guy might be a little bit more skilled than what theyâve seen, but I feel comfortable knowing that theyâve played against taller guys and held their own a little bit.â
The Steers are little banged up heading into tonightâs game, though. During Tuesdayâs game, Devante Lloyd took a hit to the face, forcing him to leave the game, but returned rather quickly. Thompson said the senior hasnât has any headaches this week in practices, but trainers will make sure itâs safe for Lloyd to play tonight and there isnât any concussion.
Robinson will wear a mouthpiece tonight, in order to protect a loose tooth. He took a hit to the mouth in Tuesdayâs game. Mike Menefield and Adams are a little sore with leg bruises, too. However, no one is expected to miss tonightâs game.
While the Steers are trying to approach tonightâs game like every other one, Lloyd didnât deny how big a win this would be for the program.
âEarlier this season, I said this is going to be the best basketball team Big Spring has seen,â he said. âWe get past this round, I guess my point was proven.â
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