AHS basketball: Don Heseman sits down with KTXS

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It’s been a rollercoaster year so far for Abilene High boys basketball. A five-game win streak in the month of December, turning into a 1-3 start to district play.

Sports Director Chris Wilner sat down with head coach Don Heseman on Wednesday to discuss his team as they try and get back in the district race.

Chris: What changed between then, and a three game losing streak to start district?

Heseman: "You know, I think we had a good group of guys who were healthy, and then we got a little sick and just -- having a winter sport you just kind of get under the weather and it's up to the kids to get out of that funk and luckily we got out of it. You know, Bradley Stevens, and Landon Tally -- those two really woke up last night and just started playing some phenomenal defense."

Chris: It seems like for you guys -- when maybe the shots don't go in, that the defensive effort that you mentioned, kind of sparks the offense. Is that something you hope these guys do now looking toward the back half of district?

Hesemen: "Absolutely. I think we were just cold for a while, we just weren't shooting well. Against Timber Creek, I mean we shot 20 percent -- I mean, it was really bad. Against Keller Central, we had missed six free throws in the fourth quarter. We were just cold, but our defense kept giving us the ability to win the game."

Chris: What's kind of the next step for these guys?

Heseman: "The next step for them is to continue their physicality. Increasing that physicality is what's starting to push us over the top."

Abilene High hosts Haltom City in 3-6A play on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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