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 todayâ€™s area championship matchup against No. 4 Kenndale at 8 p.m. in Breckenridge approaches.
After the Steers won Tuesdayâ€™s bi-district playoff game against Bowie, head coach Cliff Thompson mentioned if Big Spring beats Kennedale, there wonâ€™t be any movies made labeling it as the greatest upset of all time.
The message has been simple: Donâ€™t be nervous, just believe.
â€śJust believe you can hang,â€ť Thompson said. â€śEveryone know theyâ€™re a good team and weâ€™re the underdog. Nobodyâ€™s 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 whatâ€™ll happen.â€ť
Itâ€™ll be Luke Adams, Tristian Clay, Marc Segundo and company against Kennedaleâ€™s towering post players and solid guard play.
Thompson said the key in this one is the first quarter. The Steers wonâ€™t necessarily have to set the tone as much as they have to make sure Kennedale doesnâ€™t 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.
Kennedaleâ€™s strong post play means it should be a busy night for Chazzell Robinson and Devante Lloyd.
â€śTheyâ€™ve played against some guys in our district who are not quite his size,â€ť Thompson said. â€śTheyâ€™ve seen size this year. Itâ€™s not like itâ€™s anything theyâ€™re unaccustomed to. This guy might be a little bit more skilled than what theyâ€™ve seen, but I feel comfortable knowing that theyâ€™ve played against taller guys and held their own a little bit.â€ť
The Steers are little banged up heading into tonightâ€™s game, though. During Tuesdayâ€™s game, Devante Lloyd took a hit to the face, forcing him to leave the game, but returned rather quickly. Thompson said the senior hasnâ€™t has any headaches this week in practices, but trainers will make sure itâ€™s safe for Lloyd to play tonight and there isnâ€™t any concussion.
Robinson will wear a mouthpiece tonight, in order to protect a loose tooth. He took a hit to the mouth in Tuesdayâ€™s game. Mike Menefield and Adams are a little sore with leg bruises, too. However, no one is expected to miss tonightâ€™s game.
While the Steers are trying to approach tonightâ€™s game like every other one, Lloyd didnâ€™t deny how big a win this would be for the program.
â€śEarlier this season, I said this is going to be the best basketball team Big Spring has seen,â€ť he said. â€śWe get past this round, I guess my point was proven.â€ť
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