Friendswood falls to Clear Brook 47-41

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs need to apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding in district action.

The Mustangs carried in a four-game losing into their contest against cross-town district rival Clear Brook desperately needing a win, but unfortunately, even though they made a late run in the game, the Wolverines were able to hang on for a 47-41. It marked the fifth straight loss for Friendswood after opening up league action with two straight wins.

Friendswood managed only five points in the first quarter while Clear Brook fired in nine points for a 9-5 lead.

The second period belonged to the Wolverines 17-9 after going on a 9-1 run ultimately leading up to a 26-14 lead at intermission.

Friendswood had closed the gap 16-13 during the second quarter, but were unable to keep Clear Brook from closing out the half 10-1.

The Mustangs came out strong in the third quarter taking advantage of a steal by Chance Ayers, a 3-pointer by Alex Dehoyos to cut the margin to 26-19.

Andrew Alston hit a long-range bomb to cut the lead to six points, 28-22, but Clear Brook hit a 3-pointer for a 34-22 lead late in the third.

The 'Stangs entered the fourth trailing 34-28.

Alston opened up the final stanza with a 3-pointer to bring the Mustangs within three at 34-31, but the Wolverines hit a trey to push the lead to 37-31.

Friendswood got another three from Daniel Martinez and a basket by Ayers to narrow the lead to 37-36 and it appeared that the Mustangs might pull this one out.

With 1:28 left to go in the game, Clear Brook got a layup and a foul for an old fashioned three-point play to bump the lead to 40-36.

Clear Brook would begin their journey to the charity stripe to hold on for the win 47-41.

Ayers led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points, followed by Griffin Schneider with seven and Daniel Martinez with five.

David Azore led the Wolverines with 12 points, followed by Spencer Schneider with 10 points, Caleb Lang with eight points and Onix Little with six points.