OK everybody, let’s see a show of hands of who thought the Denton boys basketball team was going to finish the first half of District 5-4A play in third place. Second place?
Now keep those hands up if you had them tied for first place. Ahh, that’s what I figured.
If you honestly believed Denton was going to finish the first half of its district schedule tied for first, you were probably either extremely hopeful or hopelessly unaware. It’s hard to imagine many people thought the Broncos (11-13, 6-1 in district) would be where they are today.
After Denton’s one-point win against Trophy Club Nelson on Friday, the Broncos earned a share of the district’s top spot with Guyer and Nelson.
In this week’s rankings by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Guyer was ranked No.14 and Nelson No.15 in Class 4A. At this point in the season, the Broncos have proved they are every bit as good as the Wildcats and Bobcats and should contend for a district championship.
In the story of the Broncos’ win against Nelson, Manny Patterson had an interesting quote about how Denton pulled off the big win.“The environment was something we weren’t used to,” Patterson said. “I was trying to keep the team together. I tried to motivate us and keep our heads. We didn’t want to get rattled with us being up because in the past we managed to choke it off somehow, but we just kept our heads. Coach told us to get layups and free throws with them in the double bonus and that’s what we did.”
The Broncos had late leads in 11 of its 13 losses, Denton head coach Harold Jackson said later in the story. Now, the Broncos find themselves with a shot at the district’s top playoff seed.
At the very least Denton should make the playoffs for only the second time since 2005.
Denton has seven games left in district play and has a 3 1/2 game lead on Azle for the fourth and final playoffs spot. If the Broncos can not only make the postseason but do it in emphatic fashion, it could be a landmark year for Denton.
Correction (Jan. 24) : The original post said Denton had the made the playoffs since 2005. That’s false. They made it 2010 and lost to Birdville in the first round. Denton’s last playoff win was in 2005, which is what I was referencing. My apologies.