This winter, North Shore High School’s football team proved to be the best in the state by winning the Texas 6A Division 1 football title. Now that spring will soon be here the North Shore basketball team seems to be on the same road to a state title.
A closer look at how the two North Shore teams arrived at their state tournament destinations reveals a tale of two cities. While the football team’s roster is loaded with four- and five-star recruits right and left, the basketball team doesn’t have one highly recruited player.
Despite lacking big names and flashy stats, the basketball team’s ability to come together and fight toward one common goal shows that if there is one thing these two teams do have in common is that they both know how to win.
Out of the gate, North Shore has easily been one of the hottest teams in the city going 29-3 during the regular season. During the regional semifinals, the Mustangs defeated Fort Bend Elkins in a 67-62 overtime thriller after being down 13 points in the fourth quarter. North Shore then rallied back going on a 18-7 run to tie the game up at the end regulation. In overtime, North Shore managed to outscore their opponent 12-5.
The following afternoon, North Shore finished off George Ranch in a grind-it-out, low- scoring 33-32 victory, punching their Cinderella ticket to the UIL state tournament semifinal game against none other than Duncanville, the same team the football team defeated in the state finals.
Senior guard Jose Murray spoke about how the team has been able to win.
“We just keep doing what we have been doing – listening to our coaches and following the plan because it is all in God’s plan,” Murray said.
Coach Sam Benitez said he was “just so happy” about North Shore’s Cinderella run and noted the team’s “East side pride.”
- Area UIL state semifinal games to watch, Alamodome
- Yates vs. Oak Cliff Faith Academy, Friday, March 8, 3 p.m.
- North Shore vs. Duncanville, March 8, 7 p.m.
- Klein Forest vs. Cibolo Steel, March 8, 8:30 p.m.
- State championship games, Saturday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
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