Thanks to an impressive 10-1 start to the 2011-12 season, which includes winning the Miami Tournament this past weekend, the West Texas High Comanches boys basketball team found themselves ranked #23 in the state of Texas in Class 1A Division I, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).
The Comanchesâ€™ lone loss of the season came against a solid Amarillo San Jacinto Patriots team during the Amarillo Highland Park Tournament in late November.
Comanchesâ€™ Head Coach Aron Graves is happy to see the recognition for his team but is hesitant to read too much into it, saying, â€śAnytime you get the recognition of being ranked itâ€™s a good thing. We are off to a very good start at 10-1 but the level of competition in this 11-game stretch hasnâ€™t been the best.â€ť
As expected at this point of the season, Graves knows his team still has a lot of room for improvement in order to compete for a district title and hopefully make a playoff run. Graves felt that was evident on Tuesday night in the teamâ€™s 39-36 win over Sanford-Fritch.
Graves commented, â€śWe are still learning to play together. Our overall intensity has got to pick up if we are going to continue to win. We were very flat Tuesday for 28 minutes and then decided to turn it on and I felt that was the difference against Sanford-Fritch.â€ť Graves added, â€śWe have to learn to play with that same intensity the entire game and if we do not with the level of competition weâ€™re about to play in our schedule along with our district schedule, we could find ourselves dropping just as many games as we have won so far.â€ť
Even with the word of caution to his team, Graves has a lot of pride in seeing his team ranked as one of the better teams in the state saying, â€śWe are excited about the ranking; we just canâ€™t get complacent with it.â€ť
The Comanches will compete in the Claude Tournament this coming weekend.