WHITESBORO — Ryan Schuessler felt the pressure.

WHITESBORO — Ryan Schuessler felt the pressure.

As the point guard for the defending 11-2A champions, he knew Whitesboro was supposed to win it again.

The junior also knew the Bearcats needed to get past the second round — for the first time in six years — due to their stellar record and second-round loss in 2013.

"Last year’s playoff loss really drove us. That was an awful end to the season," Schuessler said. "We were a little more ready this year. We knew we had to rise up to the occasion."

Schuessler played a pivotal role, coming up with the deciding points after a steal in Whitesboro’s 62-60 overtime win against Peaster to reach the third round.

Schuessler averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds on the way to earning MVP honors in 11-2A and all-state honors by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as Whitesboro was 28-4 after a region quarterfinal loss to state semifinalist Brock.

After being named the All-Texomaland Newcomer of the Year, Schuessler takes home the top spot this year as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season.