HOUSTON – The Klein Forest Golden Eagles have made it through their season without a blemish on their record.
Now, as they continue with their playoff run that began with a 102-39 win over Nimitz, they know their margin for error is gone.
"The intensity picked up just a little bit because it's the playoffs," Golden Eagles guard Reggie Miller said. "But everything else, as far as how we play and how we defend, is still same thing."
That same thing for a very successful program at Klein Forest has allowed them to continue their undefeated run in the playoffs.
"We knew we had a target on our back after we won The Woodlands tournament," Klein Forest forward Cedrick Alley said. "Everybody was coming for us, our coaches always let us know we have a target on our backs, so we have to represent it well."
Being the top-ranked team in Class 6A in the state will do that, but the team certainly does not focus on that ranking.
"We've really tried to keep that from the guys and not let them feel that pressure, because there is some pressure if you let that get to you," Alley said.
But do the players feel like the pressure could get to them?
"No, not at all. We've been doing this for 31 games now, so it's very easy now," Alley said.
They won their district for the third consecutive season, but lost last year in the playoffs to an undefeated Atascocita team. That loss is still with them as they push through this season's playoffs.
"Since last year after that loss, it really hurt," Miller said. "We're trying to get to state (in San Antonio). If we get there, we're going to win."