The Colleyville Heritage boys basketball team didn’t let the cold weather outside affect how they played inside Friday night, as the Panthers defeated the "very athletic" Trinity Trojans, 62-50.
The victory created a four-way tie for first place in District 5-5A. Both the Panthers and Trojans, along with Northwest and Grapevine, were 2-1 heading into Tuesday’s action.
The Panthers faced Hurst L.D. Bell on the road Tuesday night after the paper’s press deadline. For updated standings and scores, visit www.colleyvilletexascourier.com.
Colleyville Heritage and Trinity were evenly matched in the opening quarter Friday night, with the Panthers leading 20-16 heading into the second.
But a strong offensive and defensive showing in the second helped offset a lackluster third quarter. Prior to the half, the Panthers scored 21 points while holding the Trojans to only six points.
Before the game, head coach Greg Gober said he considered Trinity a "very, very athletic team" and that if you allowed them into a rhythm it would "be a really long night."
"We just have to control the tempo and play the way that we want to play," he said before the win. "It’s definitely going to be a tough game, but if we do those things, it is a game we can work through and win."
Once again, Austin Leonard led the Panthers with 16 points. Tanner James and Nask Nelson had 14 and 10, respectively.
Gober said the senior Leonard has impressed him this season.
"Austin brings a lot of consistency and leadership,"Gober said in a previous interview. "Beyond basketball, he’s just a great person. If you want to look in a mirror and aspire to be a good person, and care about people, that’s what he brings.
"Plus, he’s one of our best players. He’s overcome a lot of adversity to be where he is, and we are just very fortunate to have him on our team."
After last night’s road contest at Bell, the Panthers return home Friday to face Keller Central. Game time is slated for 8 p.m.