Friendswood gets 61-54 win over Santa Fe

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Friendwood varsity basketball team

Friendswood started the game against the Santa Fe Indians on fire offensively as they jumped out to a quick 16-3 lead that included two 3-pointers by junior Simon Roach.

After Roach landed hard on the court in the first period and left the game, Dyllan Baker took up the slack to finish with a team-high 18 points with long-range shots and driving the lane for short scores.

"Dyllan is our primary ballhandler, primary scorer and maybe our best defender," said Friendswood head coach Caleb Marburger. "Burke hit some huge threes. He has the green light to shoot as many as he wants when he's open."

Santa Fe (19-9, 2-2) used a cold-shooting spell by Friendswood to make a comeback to close the gap against the Mustangs for a 33-32 lead at intermission.

"We strayed from the game plan after the hot start," Marburger said. "We kind of coasted through the rest of the first quarter, and the second quarter as well, and let their shooters get good looks."

Friendswood used an 8-1 run to begin the third period thanks to a 3-pointer from senior guard Benjamin Burke, a putback from junior post Luke Ballard and another 3-pointer from Baker for a 40-34 lead.

Santa Fe was not able to get closer than five points for the remainder of the game.

Friendswood overcame a poor shooting performance at the free throw line hitting only 4-of-14 in the first half and finished the game 9-of-23 from the line.

Burke, however, offset Friendswood's free-throw woes by canning five treys and while also hitting a key follow shot inside in the final period enroute to a 17-point performance.

Santa Fe was led by senior Nick Jaco, who produced a game-high 25 points.

Friendswood (13-11, 2-3) faced the Texas City Stingarees and came up short 36-34.

The Mustangs outscored the Stings 7-4 in the first quarter and 10-6 in the second period for a 17-10 halftime edge.

However, Texas City rallied in the second half by taking the third quarter 10-4 to close the gap at 21-20 entering the final frame with Friendswood still ahead.

The Stings outscored the Mustangs 16-13 in the fourth period to take the 36-34 district win.