Friendswood comes up short against Clear Lake

FRIENDSWOOD — No one would ever accuse the Friendswood Mustangs (1-4) of not giving their best effort. Unfortunately, the Mustangs weren't able to pull out a much needed district win against the Clear Lake Falcons (3-2).

After trailing 18-7 after the first eight minutes of action, the Mustangs outscored the Falcons 14-13 in the second period as Tanner Bandini and Alex Dehoyos each had a 3-pointer with Bandini scoring eight first half points leaving Friendswood trailing 31-21 at intermission.

Friendswood used a 16-9 third quarter to get back into the game as Griffin Schneider had the hot offensive hand with nine points including a 3-pointer and 2-for-2 at the free throw line to cut the Clear Lake lead to 40-37 entering the final stanza.

Schneider's two free throws brought the Mustangs to within one point 36-35 with 4:13 left in the quarter before the Falcons closed out the period 4-2 for the 40-37 advantage.

Clear Lake began the fourth quarter with a 9-3 run giving them a 49-40 lead.

But the Mustangs weren't going away as Bandini hit a 3-pointer cutting the lead to 49-43 at the 4:30 mark.

Dehoyos followed with an under-the-basket layup while Jake Yurachek intercepted a pass and scored on an easy layup to bring the Mustangs within 50-48.

Clear Lake's Ajare Sanni hit a two-pointer for a 52-48 lead, but Yurachek nailed a 3-pointer to make the score 52-51.

After a Lake timeout, Shae Suiaunoa hit a clutch basket giving the Falcons a 54-51 lead with the game coming to a close.

Sanni closed out the game hitting 5-of-5 free throws while Friendswood couldn't find the bucket to stay close on the scoreboard.

Leading 59-51 - Friendswood got a 3-pointer from Garrett McGregor with only nine seconds left in the contest to make the final score 59-54.

Bandini finished the game with 15 points while Schneider added 14 points. Yurachek had 10 points and Dehoyos tallied nine points.

Sanni led the Falcons with a game-high 20 points while Riley Abercrombie finished with 12 points.

Clear Lake was 20-of-25 from the charity stripe while the Mustangs were only 8-of-15 from the free throw line.