Friendswood falls to Dickinson 58-47

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs dropped their second straight District 24-6A contest to the Dickinson Gators 58-47.

Earlier last week, the Mustangs lost a heartbreaker to league-leading Clear Creek 66-64 in overtime. Friendswood is now 2-4 in district and they will need to re-group if they hope to make the playoffs this season.

Dickinson, who is close to the top of the district leaderboard at 4-1, battled with the Mustangs to a 14-14 tie at the end of the first period. Friendswood's Chance Ayers kept the Mustangs in the game with eight first quarter points.

The Gators went on an 8-0 scoring spurt to begin the second quarter to pull in front 22-14, but with 6:50 to go in the quarter, Friendswood went on a 12-3 scoring run of their own to take a 26-25 lead with 2:53 left before intermission.

Dickinson took the lead at the break 31-28 with a late 6-2 run.

The second half belonged to Dickinson as they jumped out to a 43-32 lead thanks to some shooting and hustle by Malik Williams who scored on a 3-pointer as well as on a steal for a layup giving him eight points in the quarter and eventually a 46-37 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

The never-say-die Mustangs did cut the lead to six points early in the fourth, but Dickinson got into the bonus at the free throw line hitting 7-of-12 down the stretch while Friendswood struggled to find their scoring touch.

Ayers finished the game with 12 points while Ty Shelby added seven points.

Friendswood will travel to face Clear Brook on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs will travel to face Clear Falls on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m.