It took a while for the Firebirds to get something going, but after an overtime win over Grand Forks Central, the team’s first district win of the sesaon, Devils Lake BBB now finds itself in the midst of a winning streak.
A 63-59 win over the Knights Friday night gave the Firebirds their second straight victory, a streak that they’ll he hopeful to continue in their next run of games.
Like the girls team, they will be keen to avoid a play-in situation once the EDC tournament rolls around, and right now, the Firebirds find themselves in last place despite Friday night’s win over Central.
But you have to start somewhere, and though Devils Lake not has a bit of a hole to dig itself out of, wins are always a good way to start, and in this district, every win is crucial.
Devils Lake head coach Derek Gathman seems to agree.
“Every EDC win is a big one,” he said. “In a league like ours, where anything can happen, you really have to take care of business at home. Obviously with a team like Central, who was ranked below us in the preseason, it's important to get those wins. It could mean the difference between being the sixth seed and not having a play-in game or going on the road to try to get into the EDC tournament, and that's a big disadvantage.”
That’s where the Firebirds seemed to be heading before Friday night, without a district win to their name this season.
Now, with one chalked up in the win column, Devils Lake will feel that the team is now heading in the right direction, and what better time to start heating up then when tournament time beckons down the stretch.
Gathman is hoping his boys can keep the momentum rolling. In taking the Jamestown game into consideration, Devils Lake has now won two straight, and they’ll have a great opportunity to make it three straight against an average Fargo South team at home, a game that tips off at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
After getting that first win, Gathman feels his team, led by his seniors, can start moving in the right direction.
“Our defense has been solid this season other than the Shanley and Wahpeton games,” Gathman said. “If we continue that, we'll put ourselves in a position to get a win every night. Then it just comes down to whether or not we make shots and do the little things that win games.”