Varsity boys basketball finish season as district champs


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The varsity boys basketball team clinched the title of District Champions to continue the tradition. On Feb. 23, the team played Lake Travis in Bi-District, the first post-season game. The game was close, but Lake Travis beat out the Mavs by 2 points (37-39) with a buzzer beater shot in the low-scoring game.

McNeil outscored the Cavaliers in the first quarter 10-6, but Lake Travis came back in the second quarter. After a strong third quarter from both teams, Lake Travis took the fourth quarter and ultimately the game.

“Most playoff games are usually decided by 4-6 points,” Coach Darrell Hagemann said.

The team had high hopes for the post-season. Senior Tre McCou said that the goal was, as usual, to make it all the way to state. Though Tuesday’s game marked the end of the 2015-2016 basketball season, the Mavs fought hard and walked away with the district championship.

“We were somewhat of a roller coaster throughout the year,” Hagemann said. “Sometimes we were really good and other times we struggled. But we had a very good season and finished 25-8 and 12-2 in district.”

The winning record is just one measure of the season’s success. McNeil led District 13 6-A by three games. They scored a total of 979 points over the course of the season, 155 more than they allowed. They also took third at the competitive Whataburger Invitational Tournament.