(VAN ALSTYNE, TX) - For what feels like the entire 2015-16 basketball season one team has had a stranglehold over the top spot in the 3A boys class. That team is Van Alstyne. The panthers are 15-5 and no where near satisfied.
"It kind of motivates us to work harder every day because we know we have something to prove" said senior guard, Isaiah Boling
That attitude comes from what this team accomplished last season. Advancing to the regional finals before falling to eventual state champion, Brock. With a slew of seniors on the roster including all-state guard Isaiah Boling, Coach Russell Best is feeling confident.
"He's a great leader and there is a lot of other great leadership that we have... They are very competitive, work hard, makes my job easy when i have good players," Best said.
But the team remains humble.
"You've got to show up and play every night. You can't let your guard down and think you have an easy game. You have to go out and play," Boling asserted.
As the number one team in the class, the panthers know they will get every team's best shot. For now, they are focused on doing what they can to repeat as District Thirteen champs. That is no easy task, as all four teams from the district who made the playoffs last year won at least their first game. In last weeks rankings, before Van Alstyne beat Commerce, three teams from the district were in the top twenty-five.
"District is very tough between us Commerce, Whitewright, Tom Bean. We know we have to come out and compete every game."
"Anytime you play a varsity opponent you have to be ready to play. Make sure you practice like you lost your last game. Be hungry, stay humble, and make sure to do things right" reiterated Best.
If they follow that approach, the panthers believe they can make another run into march.