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Texans stomp past Keller, clinch playoff spot

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Northwest grabbed the third playoff spot after a tight game against District 4-5A foe Keller. The Texans blew past Keller in the fourth quarter to take a 42-32 victory.

DRIVE TO THE HOOP - Peri James finds an open lane to the basket for the Texans. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

DRIVE TO THE HOOP – Peri James finds an open lane to the basket for the Texans. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

With little more than a one-possession difference at any time, the two teams were tied at the end of the second and third quarters. The Texans exploded out of the gate in the fourth with a 10-0 run and managed to hold the lead for the win in a low-scoring game.

NICE JUMPER - Northwest's Todd Christensen gets off the jumper Friday against Keller. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

NICE JUMPER – Northwest’s Todd Christensen gets off the jumper Friday against Keller. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“We wanted it to be that way, to be honest with you. We are a pretty good grinding team,” said Northwest coach Mike Hatch. “We feel comfortable grinding. The game opened up for Michael Healer on the perimeter for those threes. Our kids made the plays, and they made the shots.”

Healer made great use of his 3-pointers and led the Texans scorers with 15 followed by David Ogunwolu with nine points and Josh Tatum with eight.

Northwests playoff hopes were shaky going into Friday nights game and teetered on the outcomes of some area games.

Hatch said the Texans needed the 59-53 Fossil Ridge win over Richland. Richland had lost to Northwest early in January, but got revenge Feb. 1.

According to Hatch, it has been a tough road getting to the postseason.

“We’ve been in playoff mode for three weeks, because we dug ourselves into a hole,” Hatch said. “We had to win.”

Northwest was slated to play Fossil Ridge again at Keller Tuesday night.

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