Friendswood stays alive in playoff race

FRIENDSWOOD — As the regular basketball season comes to a close, the Friendswood Mustangs hang by a hair to keep their playoff hopes alive.

At the present time, the Mustangs are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the District 24-6A standings at 5-6.

Friendswood stayed in the hunt with a 51-48 win over Clear Creek.

The Wildcats took the opening period 8-6 and neither team were particularly hot on offense.

The game continued to be close in the second period while both teams turned up their offensive prowess as the Mustangs edged the Wildcats 14-13 leaving Creek in front 21-20 at intermission.

Creek won the third quarter 15-13 to lead 36-33 entering the fourth quarter.

That's when Friendswood would take control of the game as Friendswood senior Cade Roenne provided some offensive leadership dishing out a pass to Tanner Bandini to cut the lead to 36-35.

With the game tied 37-37, Creek scored two straight baskets for a 41-37 advantage, but Bandini fired in a 3-point bomb to cut the lead to 41-40.

Once again, Clear Creek scored a couple of baskets to get another four-point lead 45-41, but the Mustang would battle back to tie up the game at 45-45 with 2:28 left in the game.

After Creek scored with 1:54 to go, Alex Dehoyos popped the net to tie up the game at the 1;30 mark.

Leading 48-47 following a free throw, the Friendswood defense forced a five-second penalty to get the ball back with only 31.8 seconds left.

Friendswood came out of a time out and Dehoyos got the call as he drove the lane and tossed up short short over a Creek defender for the go-ahead basket giving the Mustangs a 49-48 lead with 23.3 seconds left.

The Wildcats attempted a 3-pointer that missed the mark and were forced to foul Elijah Martinez who sank both free throw to put the game on ice 51-48.

Bandini finished the game with 15 points while Dehoyos tossed in 10 points and Martinez added nine points.