Playoffs still in grasp for Goats after huge 106-56 win over Troy
By Landon Wright
Special to the Journal
Groesbeck’s playoff fate in basketball might not be decided until the final regular season game next Tuesday at Whitney, but at this point the Goats are doing everything in their power to hang on to that glimmer of hope and stay in the race.
“If we just stay focused and play our style of basketball and every kid on the roster continues to play hard and contribute, we should be fine,” head coach Chris Reid said. “I’ve said that all year, that this team is capable of so much more than what we’ve done for a lot of the season. It’s kind of exciting to see a team peak at the right time and that’s kind of what it’s looking like here. We’ve just got to stay the course and take it one game at a time.”
On Friday, the Goats did their part by having the highest-scoring game in Reid’s coaching career as they ran the Troy Trojans out of their own gym 106-56.
“We had a game two years ago, we played at Dallas Madison, they beat us 96-93, then last year, we had a win against Lago Vista where we scored 96 points, but to score 106 points, I’ve never done that in my coaching career,” Reid said.
Junior forward Nick Mosley led Groesbeck with 33 points and eight rebounds and was one of five Goats to reach double figures that night. Sophomore guard Ameer Lee scored 18 points, senior guard Sabrien Jones scored 13 points, sophomore guard Ty Hale added 12 and freshman guard Tyrique Carter added 10.
“Nick Mosley’s 33 points is the highest any individual player has scored since I’ve been here as well,” Reid said. “From a defensive standpoint and shooting I would say that was the best complete game our team has played all season.”
Last Tuesday, Groesbeck dropped a 64-52 loss against West at home as the Trojans created a hair of separation between themselves, Bruceville-Eddy, Whitney, and Groesbeck for the third of the four playoff spots. At this point, it appears Marlin and McGregor have the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds locked up.
Donavan Kieran led West with 12 points and 16 rebounds and Daniel Gerik, Trevor Scott and Blaine Browder each added 11 for the Trojans.
Jones led Groesbeck in the loss with 20 points, while Lee and Carter each added nine points and sophomore forward Jake Pringle grabbed nine rebounds.
Groesbeck (9-19, 5-6 in District 19-3A) hosts Clifton (8-20, 0-11 in District 19-3A) this Tuesday night and Bruceville-Eddy (15-14, 5-6 in District 19-3A) on Friday. Next Tuesday, the Goats travel to Whitney (13-13, 6-5 in District 19-3A) for their regular season finale and a possible playoff berth if the Goats can take care of business at home this week.