Just like last year, the District 1-5A boys basketball race is shaping up to be another tight finish, a race to see who has the strongest kick in the end.
Through three games of district play, we already have a sense of how much parity is rampant among our top teams.
First you have Eastwood edging Montwood by two points on a buzzer-beater, then the Rams turnaround and squeeze out a 1-point win over Americas, which hadn't lost in El Paso through 12 games.
Meanwhile, Franklin needed double overtime to outlast Hanks at the C.D. Jarvis Classic on Dec. 1.
Fans can expect the same type of nail-biter out of the Eastwood-Americas match tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 14, 2007).
Although ranked No. 1 in El Paso, the Troopers have shown to be vulnerable - but just barely. The Troopers had to overcome a 20-point deficit to escape Parkland in the season-opener, then eventually fell to the Matadors in overtime during the Mountain View Tournament last Thursday (Dec. 6, 2007).
Such level play among the elites is giving their head coaches headaches, no doubt, but it is making for exceptional and scintillating high school boys hoops.
And if we keep up the pace throughout the season, there is a good chance our four 1-5A playoff teams all will repeat as bi-district champions!