Friendswood gets back in playoff contention

FRIENDSWOOD — When Friendswood began last week, they were 1-4 in district and moving in the wrong direction to advance to the post-season.

Two games later and the Mustangs are back in the thick of things after sweeping two strong league teams.

The Mustangs took out Clear Springs 68-53 and then battled to get a double-overtime victory over Alvin 72-66.

Here are the District 24-6A standings after the first round of action. 1. Dickinson 7-0, 2. (tie) Clear Brook 5-2, Clear Lake 5-2, 4. Clear Creek 3-4, Clear Springs 3-4, Friendswood 3-4, 7. Alvin 2-5, 8. Clear Falls 0-7

Friendswood got an enormous victory on the road against the Clear Springs Knights to move into a tie for fourth place in the league standings.

Alex Dehoyos led the charge as he was almost unstoppable hitting six 3-pointers while finishing with a game-high 26 points.

The Chargers jumped out to an 18-10 first quarter lead thanks to a 12-0 run by Clear Springs.

But the Mustangs started chipping away at the lead by taking the second period 19-13 to pull within 31-29 at intermission.

Friendswood finally took the lead in the third quarter 14-10 as Reed Roher scored the final three points to give the 'Stangs a 43-41 advantage entering the final eight minutes of play.

The Friendswood defense forced three turnovers by the Chargers turning them into points. That's when Dehoyos turned in an offensive clinic scoring 11 straight points including three long-range bombs giving the Mustangs a 56-45 lead.

With 3:19 left in the game, Dehoyos made a tough layup to put his finishing touches on the game with 15 fourth quarter points and a 60-48 Friendswood lead.

Free throws put the final stamp on the game as the Mustangs hit 8-of-10 free throws including 6-of-6 by Griffin Schneider.

The Mustangs were 17-of-21 from the charity stripe for the game while Clear Springs was 10-of-11.

The 68-53 win puts the Mustangs back into the playoff hunt entering the second round of league action.

Schneider was also strong offensively with 19 points. Reid Nickerson added nine points, Tanner Bandini tossed in six points and Elijah Martinez added five points and four rebounds.

Friendswood 72 - Alvin 66 (2OT)

While the game was between the Friendswood Mustangs and the Alvin Yellowjackets, there was another game going on inside the game as Friendswood's Griffin Schneider and Alvin's Savion Flagg were having a scoring battle.

Flagg won the high-game total with 32 points while Schneider finished with 27 points, but the ultimate goal was to win the game which the Mustangs did 72-66 in double-overtime.

Both players played key roles for their team, but Schneider was the won who stepped up in the fourth quarter and the two overtimes to be the difference maker in getting the win.

Schneider scored six points in the final period and then scored four in the first OT and six in the second OT. He was especially clutch from the free throw line hitting 10-of-12 from the charity strip as well as three baskets.

Friendswood won the opening period 12-11 and increased their margin to 14-8 in the second for a 26-19 halftime lead.

But Alvin came charging back to take the third quarter 19-7 and grab a 38-33 lead going into the final period.

The Mustangs rallied in the fourth frame 21-16 leaving the game tied at 54-54 at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime, Alvin took the lead only to see Friendswood rally to tie up the game again at 60-60.

The Yellowjackets looked like they were going to pull out the win in the second overtime, but the Mustangs were able to edge the Jackets 12-6 thanks to clutch free throws by Alex Dehoyos (4-for-4) and Schneider (6-for-7) and one basket for the 72-66 victory.

Dehoyos finished the game with 15 points while Reid Nickerson tossed in 11 and Tanner Bandini added 10 points.