Timberview boys take dead aim at 5A state hoops title

The Wolves must first get past Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial in Thursday's semifinal in San Antonio

Keven Costlow

If the Mansfield Timberview Wolves capture the Class 5A boys basketball title this weekend, they will have earned it.

The Wolves (30-7) will have to overcome two of the other three region champions to claim that title, and they could have their hands full.

Timberview opens its run at the state tournament Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial (31-6) at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

While the Wolves won four of their first five playoff games by at least 13 points -- the lone exception being a 45-44 region II final result against Waxahachie – the Eagles had nail-biters against Laredo Nixon (60-53) and Austin LBJ (50-48) along the way.

Veterans Memorial pushed aside Dripping Springs, 58-42, in last Saturday’s Region IV title in San Antonio.

The Eagles rolled to the title in District 30-5A, winning all 14 of their district games, and haven’t lost since dropping a tournament title game to Tomball on Dec. 30.

Timberview has lost only seven games this season, but avenged two of its losses with the regional title victory over Waxahachie.

If the Wolves advance to the title game, they will face either Region I champion Justin Northwest (32-5) or Region III champ Fort Bend Marshall (31-7), who will square off in the other semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday.