Plano West pushes FM Marcus with game plan

With no shot clock in high school basketball, teams will sit with the ball for an entire overtime period and try to win the game on a buzzer-beater, a tactic used rather often.

Against Flower Mound Marcus on Tuesday, Plano West used that strategy for an entire game.

West (18-9, 3-5 in District 8-5A) held the ball for minutes at a time in an attempt to shorten the game and keep Marcus’ offense from getting on a run. It helped West push the game into triple overtime, but the Wolves ultimately lost, 38-31.

A win would have gone a long way toward rescuing a season that’s gone awry for West. Despite an overall winning percentage above .700, the Wolves sit in sixth place in 8-5A and a game behind Allen and Plano for the fourth and final playoff spot in the district.

Of West’s five 8-5A losses, two were by two points, one was by five against area power Lewisville and the other two were against Marcus (26-1, 8-0), ranked No. 1 in ESPN Dallas’ Class 5A boys rankings.

With six games remaining in the season -- including Friday’s road game against Allen -- West still has plenty of opportunities to make up ground.