Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball Mentally tough special team

The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team made history.  The team did so by going the farthest any team in school history had gone by advancing to the regional tournament in the 2014-2015 season.

This is also the farthest Coach Jeff Fitch, who has been the head basketball coach of the program since it opened in 1999 has gotten with the team.

In 16 years, Fitch has tutored some good talent in Birdville jerseys, but this team was special. Fitch said the reason this team was extra special was because of their confidence “It’s 90% of the battle,” Fitch said.

He explained that because the team’s two star players DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells had been playing the game of Basketball for so long, they weren’t really phased by the bigger challenges of competition.

The team does owe a big part of their post-season run success to DJ Draper, who had 27 points against favored Arlington Heights in the second round playoff game.  Draper would match that total in the team’s playoff loss to Palo Duro, not to forget his 3 pointer at the end of regulation is what sent that game to overtime.   At the end of the day though, this was a team effort, that’s what will be remembered more than anything.

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Birdville Mens basketball historic run ends at hands of Palo Duro

SNYDER: The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team’s historic run came to an end Friday evening at the Western Texas College Coliseum as the Palo Duro Dons (22-5) rallied from an early 15 point deficit in what was a  crazy double overtime game (72-68) to advance to the Semi Final Regional Championship game against the winner of Fort Worth Dunbar and El Paso Andress High School.

The Dons were led by junior guard Amari White, who came up clutch for Palo Duro, scoring 10 of his 13 points in overtime, netting a 3 pointer and a then a layup back to back in less than a minute in the first overtime, giving Palo Duro the spark they needed to pull away with this one.

Birdville was led by the outside shooting of Senior guards DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells, who combined for a total of 42 of the team’s 68.  Draper, who had a game high 26 sent the game into overtime by scoring a desperation 3 at the buzzer at the end of regulation.  The Birdville Hawks basketball team made history making it their first trip in school history to the regional tournament since the school opened the doors in 1999.  The Hawks finished with an overall record of 22-11, 9-2 in district, 9-0 at home.