Friendswood rally comes up short against Madison

FRIENDSWOOD — When teams compete against a Friendswood team, no matter what sport, the reputation of the Mustangs has always been one of never say die, regardless of the odds against them.

Such was the case when the Mustangs faced a very athletic Houston Madison boys basketball squad in the area round of the 5A Region III playoffs.

With the score 8-6 in favor of the Mustangs early in the first quarter, the Marlins went on a 20-0 run that gave them a 26-8 lead with 2:21 left in the first half.

Friendswood went cold on offense for over 10 minutes that allowed the Marlins to build a strong lead before intermission.

The Mustangs managed to get a 3-pointer and eventually close the gap to 30-15 at the break with a 7-4 closing run.

While Madison was resting on their lead, a sense of urgency and long-range bombs found the mark for Friendswood to begin to cut into the deficit.

Led by Ian Bivins, Hudson Bockart, and Thomas Hamre, the Mustangs used their 3-pointers to go on an 18-8 run of their own to cut the lead to 42-36 at the end of the third quarter.

Friendswood continued to work hard and press the Marlins to eventually cut the margin to 44-41 at the 3:58 mark of the final frame thanks to a pair of free throws.

But the Marlins regrouped down the stretch to outscore the Mustangs 7-0 for a 51-41 cushion with 2:20 left in the game.

The Mustangs weren't able to get back into contention and Madison went on to post the 58-49 win to end the season for Friendswood.

Bivins led Friendswood with 17 points, while McGregor had eight, Bockart had seven, Renyck Robertson had six, Cole Kelly had five, Hamre had three, Zach Zamora had two and Izaac Pacheco had one point.

Friendswood closes the season with a 21-12 overall mark.

“We got ourselves back in the game, but we just couldn’t get enough shots to fall down the stretch,” said Friendswood coach Caleb Marburger. “The ball just didn’t go our way, but I couldn’t be prouder of the kids and the way they battled. They didn’t give in.”