Mumford boys basketball coach Blayne Davis was stoic when thinking about the Mustangs’ Class 2A Region IV championship Saturday against Thorndale.
Davis was pretty certain if Mumford made it to the regional final, they’d match up against their District 25-2A rival.
“We had a good feeling we’d see them if we made it this fair,” said Davis, minutes after beating Port Aransas in 55-44 Friday in the regional semifinal. “We have a lot of respect for them. We’re expecting it to be a war.”
Mumford currently holds the edge in the rivalry, beating Thorndale twice in the regular season. But Thorndale knocked the Mustangs out in the regional quarterfinals last season with a 64-61 overtime win.
Though Davis admitted the team drew from that loss throughout its 33-4 record this season, it’s a little too deep into the playoffs to be focused solely on revenge.
“Man, we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Davis said with smile. “That’s all you can do at this point in the year.”
Junior Andrew Eckenrode led the Mustangs Friday with 17 points, followed by James Morris Jr. with 13 points and Xzavier Wilson with 11 points. Mumford went on a 13-1 run to open the game and never trailed.
Mumford takes the floor for 2A Region IV semifinal vs. Port Aransas at 8 p.m. Winner gets Thorndale at 2 p.m. tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/tVBr5spQQo— Ryan Posner (@RPosner_Eagle) March 4, 2017
Thorndale beat Lee Academy 76-69 shortly before Mumford’s win to punch its ticket to the regional championship. It’s averaging 71 points a game in the postseason after making it to the state semifinals last year.
Tipoff for Saturday’s regional championships is set for 2 p.m. at Comal Canyon in New Braunfels. Follow @BrazosSports and @RPosner_Eagle on Twitter for updates throughout the game.