District play in area boys’ basketball has started. There are three times still unbeaten, with Ray and Miller leading the pack with 3-0 records. Moody is right behind at 2-0.
The Texans have been particularly impressive so far, showing a lot of firepower.
Ray is 12-5 overall and are averaging about 12 more points per game compared to last season. That growth can be attributed to a strong transition game, a solid defense and great veteran leadership.
“Our roster has changed a bit,” senior point guard Robbie Hilliard said. “Some of the older guys left and everyone is stepping up and filling their roles. I think just how we have been playing so far is going to be what we need right now and we will improve as the season goes along.”
Shooting guard Jalen Williams said the Texans’ experience playing together has been a key factor in their strong early start.
“I feel the chemistry that we have from playing with each other through the years has really helped us improve and be the powerhouse that we are,” Williams said. “We move the ball and play strong defense, we hustle a lot and we are getting after it on the defensive end.”
The Texans’ versatility has also helped, according to Coach Brandon Bourg.
“We are really fortunate to have multiple players who can play multiple positions,” Bourg said. “Guys who can defend multiple positions to where if some guy has to come off whether they are in foul trouble or an injury thing … (we) can fill guys in and still really not skip a beat. Our depth I think is one of the greatest strengths we have.”
Ray returns to action Tuesday night when it plays host to Port Lavaca.