The North Dallas boys basketball team takes on Frisco Reedy at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Frisco. Reedy, in his second year, is located at 3003 Stonebrook Parkway in Frisco.
The freshman game is at 5 p.m., followed the junior varsity game at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the North Dallas girls varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Side High in Fort Worth. The girls JV game is at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 76-47 loss at Carrollton Creekview last Friday in the season opener. Christian Armstrong led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Raymond Sigarst had nine points.
“The guys got winded,” head coach Jeremy Mason said, “and then old habits of not getting back on defense. Once we got down, there was no fight to get back.”
With less than a week of practice, Mason said his team is “not in basketball shape. … Not in basketball rhythm and a basketball mindset.”
“There are two things that will kill you,” he said. ” If you’re physically there, but not mentally there, it will still kill you. If you’re mentally there, but not physically there, it will kill you. We were 50 percent there on each one, and at that point, the score started to balloon.”
But Mason doesn’t seem worried. His team has a tough schedule to prepare them for District 12-5A play, which begins Dec. 22 against Woodrow. He and assistant coach Eric Gracia have some work to do.
One of the areas is shooting.
“Shooting is mental. It’s one of the most mental parts of the game. You can reel off 20 in a row and then miss 5. But you’re usually always thinking about that last one,” Mason said. “Coaches always tell the shooters to keep shooting. The best way to get out of a shooting slump is to continue shooting. But the key is not only to keep shooting during a game, but to get reps during practice… before school, after school, in the morning. You got to get reps when you’re shooting the basketball.”
Gracia also said it was “repetition, repetition, repetition.”
“It’s getting that feel for the ball,” he said. “But the transition really should be easy because we’re not asking every kid that comes out to score 30 or 40 points a game. We’re asking them to play hard defense, be physical, really get that ball.”
After Reedy, the Bulldogs travel to play at Bishop Dunne at 8 p.m. Friday.