Clear Brook slips past Friendswood 55-43

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood entered their District 24-6A game against Clear Brook looking to get their first league win of the young season, but, despite a late-game effort, will still have to wait as the Wolverines held on for a 55-43 win.

Clear Brook improves to 2-1 while the Mustangs fall to 0-3 in league action. Getting in the win column doesn't get any easier for Friendswood as they have to face league-leading Clear Creek (3-0) on Tuesday (late).

The Wolverines built 26-15 halftime lead and it appeared they would be able to maintain that margin in the second half.

But the Mustangs will never go away and they hustled their way to close the gap within three points in the fourth quarter.

With 46-41 with 3:35 left, Clear Brook put together a 9-2 run down the stretch to earn the District 24-6A win on the Mustangs' hardwood court.

"In the fourth quarter, we came down and hit a three and got it within three points, and then they came right back down the court and answered with a three from the corner, and that was kind of deflating," Mustang head coach Cliff Owens said.

Alex Dehoyos hit a 3-pointer with 5:41 left in the fourth, but Clear Brook's Paul Wilson answered with a trey of his own while Caleb Chapman followed with a basket giving the Wolverines a 44-36 advantage.

Tanner Bandini kept Friendswood's hopes alive with a 3-pointer at the 3:35 mark cutting the lead to 46-41, but the Wolverines took over the final minutes to outscore Friendswood 9-2 making the final 55-43.

"We need to find other ways for guys to contribute offensively," Owens said. "When you look at the score sheet, it's really heavy on two of our players.

"We have to find a way to lighten the burden on them. That means developing a third option, whether we do it by committee or one guy that breaks through. I'm hoping for both options at this point.

"I would hang our hat on our defense. Even in the games we've lost this year, sometimes we allow more points than we usually would because it's so frustrating on the offensive end to not get good looks – and then we pay for it on defense."