Point guard Keyvin Moss all but put an end to Denton's playoff drought against Little Elm on Tuesday.
Down by one in overtime, Moss ran the floor and hit a jump shot with six seconds remaining, then stole the ball on Little Elm's ensuing to possession to seal a 63-62 win that gave Denton sole possession of third place in District 5-4A.
The Broncos (12-16 overall, 7-5 in 5-4A) still need a win or a Denton Guyer loss to officially clinch a playoff spot, but with first-place The Colony still on Guyer's schedule and a game against struggling Wichita Falls on Friday, Denton's postseason berth seems inevitable.
"To get back to the playoffs is truly a great accomplishment for these kids, but it'd be nice to go in and possibly go a couple rounds to show we are getting this program turned around," Denton head coach Harold Jackson said.
Denton hasn't made the playoffs since 2005-06, the last year Henry Thomas, who is now at Lewisville, was head coach. Jackson took over the following year and finished in a tie for third, but lost the tiebreaker.
Moss has exploded in district play, spearheading Denton's push. He averages 14 points and 4.7 assists per game on the season. Off guard Rodney Brown, the Broncos' other returning starter, averages 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds.
The emergence of forward Michael Richardson gives Denton an inside presence to go with its two guards, something Jackson said gives his team the right mix.
"We have the size to go with our perimeter players we had coming back to compete for a playoff spot," Jackson said. "The chemistry is right this year."