Written by Corbett Smith
Coppell nips Flower Mound, 60-59, forces play-in game for final 5-5A playoff berth
COPPELL – With Coppell leading by two points, common sense dictated that Flower Mound’s Jake Feickert would touch the ball in the final minute; Feickert had been Flower Mound’s hot hand, with a game-high 27 points.
Coppell coach Kit Pehl didn’t want to allow him a chance at a winning shot.
Landon Goesling and Brett Kuechler pounced on Feickert, stripping him of the ball at the top of the 3-point arc with 10 seconds remaining, as Coppell held on for a 60-59 win.
The win put Coppell (20-12, 4-6) and Flower Mound (19-12, 4-6) in a tie for fourth place in a tough District 5-5A. The teams will face off in a play-in game Friday, at a site to be determined.
“Just to be able to make a big play in a big game, that describes it all,” Pehl said.
After 3-pointers on consecutive possessions by Josh Feitl gave Coppell a 56-53 lead, Feickert tied the score with 2:12 remaining, hitting three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.
On the following possession, Pehl called for his team to hold the ball for the last shot. As Flower Mound’s defense extended to force the action, Coppell’s Simi Socks slipped in from the free-throw line – sinking an eight-foot floater with 40 seconds left.
Pehl quickly called a time out, and made his final defensive adjustments.
“We fell flat on our face for basically the first 1 ½ rounds in district,” Goesling said. “For us to face that kind of adversity, and come together and fight through it and get a shot for the playoffs, that shows what kind of spirit we have.”