For the Cedar Park High boys’ basketball team, the element of surprise has proven to be a potent weapon.

“We’ve won eight in a row and are undefeated in District and you can’t point to any one guy as having carried all of the load,” Timberwolves coach Blake Brown told Texas Scorecard. “We have a veteran team with a lot of seniors and they all contribute. The strength of our team is our balance that doesn’t allow you to focus on just any one guy.”

At 22-4 overall and 7-0 in the 5A Region III District 17 play, Cedar Park is led by the senior trio of forward Josh Baker and guards Karson Cater and Ethan Kieke, all of whom average better than 9 points with Baker and Cater adding averages of 7 rebounds and 7 assists, respectively.

Kieke is described by his coach as highly athletic with the ability to go both inside and out on the wing.

“I commend our whole group of guys,” Brown, now in his 15th season, added. “They all love their school, love their team and are easy to coach. That certainly makes a difference.”

The Timberwolves are virtually a lock to qualify for the postseason for the 10th straight year and Brown seems convinced this team has the chance to make a run as deep as any he’s ever coached. 

“We were a state tournament team in 2011 and 2015,” he said. “So, we’ve known success and are hoping to draw as much as we can from those past experiences.”

Brown added as long as the Timberwolves are doing all the things they’re supposed to be doing, he feels they can play with anyone.

“Matchups always matter, especially in playoff basketball, but we’ve got a chance to do some really good stuff as long as we stay true to who we are and have been all season,” he said.