Del Valle players showed off their dunking abilities in warm-ups Tuesday.

During the game, they displayed every other basketball skill.

The Cardinals ran a crisp offense with smooth passing, rebounded effectively, played solid defense and used their transition game when they needed to during a 60-44 win over Lake Travis on their home floor Feb. 4 to stay in the playoff hunt.

“Our guys have really started paying attention to details,” Del Valle coach Marvin Hall said. “We don’t have much size, so with that disadvantage, we really have to pay attention to details, but our guys are really coachable and they did a good job.”

It continued a hot stretch by the Cardinals (15-12, 6-7 District 25-6A), who have now won five of their last six district game, with their only loss coming to first-place Westlake. They trail Hays by one game in the loss column for the district’s fourth and final playoff spot.

“We got ourselves in a bind by starting off (district play) 1-6,” Hall said. “We had a lot of injuries early in the year, and we really didn’t have all 12 guys practicing together until late December. So it took a while to get everything going and get in a groove.”

The Cardinals were certainly in a groove against Lake Travis. Running an offense with a lot of motion and movement, Del Valle never trailed in the contest and held a double-digit lead for almost all of the final three quarters.

“We knew they were going to play a matchup zone, so we knew we had to move on offense against that,” Hall said. “We had two or three guys cutting through the paint, so they had to decide who was picking up who.”

When Del Valle got out and ran, it was just as effective, with multiple players finishing acrobatic layups or finding a teammate for an open jump shot.

“Our transition game was working well, we just had to speed them up,” said Del Valle senior Darion Jones, who led the Cardinals with a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds. “This is a good group to play with. We have fun at practice and that translates to games.”

Jones — a 6-foot-1 guard who is arguably one of the top five players in the district and has to play in the post due to Del Valle’s lack of size — hit two key three-pointers late in the first half that gave the Cardinals a 14-point lead going into the break.

“It helped us gain momentum,” Jones said. “I thought they were going to push up on me (out of the zone), but I was happy they gave me space.”

Lake Travis (14-14, 4-8) — which technically wasn’t eliminated from the playoffs with an seventh consecutive loss but would now need a miraculous series of events to reach them — never made a serious rally in the second half. Nick Urukalo paced the Cavs with 13 points.

Ten different players scored for the Cardinals, including Anass Touihar with eight points, Donovann Armstrong adding seven and Darius Lewis, Caleb Harris and Ellijah Gonzales all tallying six.

Del Valle has three games left to climb back into the top four of the standings, starting with a monumental matchup with Hays Feb. 11 on the road.

“We feel like if we can win out, that gives us a shot at the playoffs,” Hall said. “So we’re just trying to dig out of the hole we dug ourselves one game at a time.”

Added Jones: “We just have to keep winning. Got to stay on this winning stretch.”