Friedel looks to help Titans pick up win over West

Feb. 8, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.

If Tyler Friedel catches fire from behind the 3-point line, there's only one thing an opposing team can do: Pack it in.

Typical of the type of streaks that clinch games for Victoria East this season, the senior forward hit four 3-pointers in a row at the end of the third to erase a deficit against Floresville, then hit one more in overtime to help secure a 59-56 victory.

He is averaging 21.5 points per game during the Titans seven District 30-4A games this season.

The senior took time to answer a few questions:

What do you feel are your strengths on the court? What about the team?

"My strengths are I can help with scoring, and leading the team through actions. We have more vocal leaders on the team than I am, but I can lead with what I do on the court and helping to make plays happen. As a team, we're really strong on defense, playing as a team and playing with heart. If we do all those things, we can be successful."

What do the Titans bring to the table that the Warriors don't have?

"We have the two returning varsity players from last year, but that's only two players. They've come a long way and we've come a long way, they beat us the first time. We really don't have any advantages over them.

"They slowed the game down, and we weren't really expecting that. By doing that, it got us out of our rhythm and we weren't able to play as well as we should've."

"If we win out, that will be really good for us going into the playoffs. Hopefully, we stay strong and put us in a good spot heading into the playoffs.

What has the team had to overcome this season to get to this point?

"Early on, we weren't playing as well together and not playing as hard as we should've. We need to play a whole 32 minutes together. When you're only playing one good quarter, you're more than likely going to lose."

How has this team changed or improved since the start of the season?

"We've been playing hard. I think we've gotten more serious about it, and more people have stepped up and made plays. Just getting in shape and becoming a better basketball players overall."



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