Rams surprise at top of the table
By TODD HVEEM
It was no surprise when defending district-champion Cy Woods and 2009 playoff participant Langham Creek opened District 15-5A with perfect 3-0 records.
But it was a bit of a shock when Cy Ridge opened league play by defeating Cy Creek, Cy Ranch and Jersey Village to join the two kingpins at 3-0.
We really have got off to a great start,'' said first-year head coach Steve Dibble, who was Dean Hollingsworth's assistant at Cy Ridge before Hollingsworth retired at the end of the 2009 season.
Now, we have to see if we can keep it going,'' said Dibble, who also was the head coach at Klein Oak and an assistant under Glenn Arnold at Klein. Our league is so wide open. There are a bunch of quality teams. Everybody is right there.''
Cy Ridge's three-game win streak to open league play evened their season record at 10-10. It then lost to Cy Lakes 51-34 to fall to 10-11 overall and 3-1 in the league.
We have a bunch of young guys who go up and down the floor,'' Dibble said. We have a little size, good quickness at the guards and a few shooters. We have a good mix of players.''
Dibble said Langham Creek and Cy Woods are the two favorites. After that, he said the league is a toss-up.
It just depends on who shows up every night,'' he said. You can really just throw the chips in a hat and pull them out. I think we are all that close.''
Senior Marcus Gaddy (6-4) leads the club with an average of 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Junior Brandon Swannegan (6-7) also is averaging four blocked shots per contest.
He is 6-7, but he has arms like he is 6-11,'' Dibble said of Swannegan.
Junior Cedric Stevens (5-8) runs the show from his point guard postion.
He keeps everybody in line and gets the ball to everybody,'' Dibble said. He is quick as a cat.''
Dibble said the Rams' goal is to make the playoffs.
We were there a couple years ago and that is our goal again this year,'' he said. We want to get back to respetability. We want to get into the playoffs and re-evaluate things from there.''
Langham Creek, Cy Woods stay unbeaten in district
The Lobos and Wildcats both improved to 4-0 in District 15-5A play with impressive wins last week.
Langham Creek knocked off Jersey Village 65-49, while Cy Woods took care of Cy Ranch 78-56.
The two teams were scheduled to meet earlier this week. They also will play on Feb. 12. Both games should decide the eventual district champion. Langham Creek was the only team to defeat Cy Woods last year in district play.