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The season isn’t over yet for gritty Miller Bucs

The Miller Bucs are awaiting the games tonight as they continue their season in the next round of the playoffs.

The Bucs stamped their ticket with a gritty 58-54 overtime triumph over Brownsville Veterans Memorial Monday night.

Up next, they will meet the winner of tonight’s Austin Reagan/San Antonio Sam Houston game.

The Bucs always seem to find a way to get it done. And without question, they are jelling at the right time.

This is definitely a team nobody wants to play now.

Miller coach Maurice Bastian said his team’s recent surge in the culmination of its hard work throughout the season.

“It took us awhile to build up the chemistry to develop and understand our roles,” Bastian said. “We are still learning, trying to execute. However, one thing we do have is determination and we play with a lot of heart.

“We use our athleticism and speed to our advantage so what we lack in execution department at times, we make up with is with our aggressiveness.”

Miller sophomore forward Albert Levingston said his team’s effort in overtime against Brownsville Vets typified its determination throughout the season.

“In overtime, when we went out, the coaches had a talk with us,” Levingston said. “We just stepped up our game, we just came out there and played.”

The team’s experience also helped, according to sophomore forward Andrew Body.

“Mentally, I just think these seniors, they know this is our last chance,” Body said. “They want to put in the work and the underclassmen just want to help them get through.”

That effort Monday night excites Body about what the Bucs still can do during the rest of the season.

“I feel confident,” he said. “I feel like we can do what we do if we just play our game.”

The Bucs get the 5:30 p.m. slot Friday evening at the regional tournament in San Antonio. Their opponent will be clear after Tuesday night.

Alan Harwell

Alan Harwell

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