Boys Varsity Basketball · North Dallas basketball boys’ first win helps build momentum

North Dallas’ Raziel Scott outjumps Life Oak Cliff defenders for the rebound.

North Dallas won its first game of the season Tuesday night in a 45-39 victory over Life Oak Cliff at Loos Field House.

But the victory celebration was short-lived as the Bulldogs opened the Mansfield Spring Creek Boys Basketball Classic against Mansfield Timberview on Thursday.

Mansfield Timberview (9-2), last season’s state Class 5A champions, was a little too much for the Bulldogs, rolling to an easy win. In the next game, the Bulldogs lost to Frisco Liberty. On Friday, North Dallas fell to Mansfield (8-3). Timberview finished runner-up in the tournament.

Bulldogs guard Matthew Baker drives to the basket against Life Oak Cliff.

Speaking of the win over Life Oak Cliff, head coach Jeremy Mason said, “The defensive effort in the second half got us back into the game the way we wanted to. We picked up the pressure a little bit. We went into a little bit of a full-court press. It threw them off tempo. They came out in the first half and really shot the lights out. And we had to do something to counteract that.”

The win was a welcome relief from the challenging schedule. Three of North Dallas’ first four opponents — Frisco Reedy (7-2), Episcopal School of Dallas (3-0) and Skyline (8-1) — have a combined record of 18-3.

“This helped us in terms of momentum because we just needed one. Coach [Eric] Gracia kept saying, ‘Coach, we need this one, we need this one’ heading into Mansfield,” Mason said. “Mansfield [Timberview] is going to be tough because we open up against state champions. We did a good job [on rebounding]. I feel like any win is huge for morale. Whether we won this game by 5 or 1, we needed it.”

The Bulldogs play at Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, and then at Midlothian at 8 p.m. on Friday.


Larry Dorn goes up for a shot against Life Oak Cliff.


North Dallas guard Matthew Baker went flying for a layup.


North Dallas’ Jamel Heard puts up a shot against Life Oak Cliff.