These are great days for the Fort Worth Trimble Tech boys basketball team.
The Bulldogs (21-5, 9-1 in District 6-4A) are gaining respect not only locally but statewide.
In his fifth season as coach, Wendell Ivory has Tech in position to reach the state playoffs for the third straight year.
Like most rebuilding jobs, success has come in gradual steps. A youth movement changed the climate when Ivory took over and the young players began to learn how to compete and win.
Trimble Tech is No. 5 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10 and No. 7 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A state rankings.
The starting five consists of three seniors in forwards Andre Crear, Jordan Gray and point guard Pat Allen, and two junior wings -- Charles Hill and Brandon Jackson.
Fort Worth Carter-Riverside came along in a bad place on the Bulldogs’ schedule Tuesday. Three days earlier, Trimble Tech lost its first district game of the season to first-place Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 67-59, despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.
The Bulldogs throttled Carter-Riverside, 83-20.
Trimble Tech will face Fort Worth North Side at 6 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Billingsley Field House.