TexPreps Basketball

December Means Tournament Time

It is now December, which can mean only one thing to people: Okay, okay, we grant that the first thought is probably Christmas, but for our purposes of course we are talking the apex of the high school basketball tournament season.

It is the month when all teams play the most games on their schedules in preparation for the rigors of district play. It is the month when several teams who are to this point solidly under the radar burst on the scene in brilliant display.

There are dozens and dozens of tournaments around the state in the month of December, and many of those involve teams firmly entrenched in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings. It happens every year when these teams square off in tournaments and often knock each other off. The state rankings generally do not change too much when that happens as it is all part of doing business, as they say.

Some schools will take their lumps with several losses during this time, which is not necessarily bad either. Again, it will serve to help coaches know how to prepare their teams for district and then hopefully beyond that the post-season.

Think of last year’s boy’s state champion Dallas Lincoln Tigers as the perfect examples. The program ended up in double-digit losses, but several of those were accumulated in non-district when the Class 4A team went up again foes in higher classifications. Oh, and some of those happened in Lincoln’s own district, easily the toughest one in the state in Class 4A.

So take the time now to go out and enjoy the tournaments and all they have to offer. It is the one time when fans have an opportunity to see a myriad of state-ranked teams under one gymnasium roof before the start of district. And then check back later in February to see which teams were most helped by their participation in the tournaments. The answer is likely to be plenty of them.


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