The high school boys state basketball tournament tips off in San Antonio and only one Austin-area team will be making the bus ride down I-35, the Cedar Park Timberwolves. Cedar Park is making its second state trip in the last five years.
After a 5-and-5 start, Cedar Park boys basketball head coach Blake Brown says, "We were frustrated and disappointed."
Cedar Park went on to win 23 of their next 24 games.
"We just kept playing hard," Cedar Park Senior guard Trey Knight says.
And now the team finds itself in the final four of the Class 5A state tournament.
Coach Brown says, "They've earned it. They've played well. It's been on their minds. And it's been in their spirit. And it showed by how hard they worked. It is really a special deal."
"We always talk about that's where we wanted to be. We want to be at the Alamodome at the end of the season. We all knew as individuals. And we all knew we were on the same page as a team. So therefore we always worked hard in practice to get to this point," Knight says.
Cedar Park goes into the semifinals ranked 24th in state. While the other three remaining teams are all in the top five. But with that said the Timberwolves don't see themselves as underdogs heading into the final four.
Cedar Park Sophomore forward Keaton Hervey, "We all played very hard. Everyone who's going to state deserves to be in state. We proved to everyone that we deserve to be in state. Beating teams that are ranked higher than us. So I think that the rankings don't have anything to do with this right now."
Cedar Park Senior guard Connor Brown says, "I didn't even know we were ranked 24th until last week. It doesn't mean anything to us. We're just gonna go out there and show what we're about."
Coach Brown says, "We thought we could get here."
Hervey says, "We're really excited about this chance we have right now."
Knight says, "There's some nerves, butterflies of course. But we're also excited because we made it this far."
Hervey says, "We just have to have an attitude coming into state that we're here for a reason. We're not just some team to be slept on. That we can go and win state."
Cedar Park opens with #3 Beaumont at the Alamodome around 8:30 p.m.