Mustangs get last second win over GC Memorial 48-47

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood proved the late Yogi Berra was right again, "It ain't over till it's over!"

With 2.8 seconds left in the game in a district contest between Friendswood and Goose Creek Memorial, the Mustangs were trailing 47-45 with Friendswood's Savion Skeete on the free throw line shooting two shots and the outcome of the game in the balance.

Skeete hit the first shot leaving Friendswood a point back at 47-46, but he missed the second shot.

The second shot hit the back of the rim, bounce off into the hands of teammate Luke Lipetska who skied high for the rebound over three Memorial players. He immediately fired a shot just before the buzzer and the ball hit nothing but net giving the Mustangs an improbable 48-47 win as the Friendswood crowd celebrated with the team.

Both teams entered the district contest with 3-3 records and they have beaten and lost to the same teams in the opening round of league play.

Friendswood has beaten Santa Fe (58-40), Baytown Lee (49-46), and Galena Park (50-40) while dropping games to Texas City (49-32), Ball High (55-44), and Crosby (50-33). With the win over Memorial, the Mustangs close out the first round with a 4-3 mark.

"We see them again at their place on February 18, and if it comes down to a win-and-get-in the playoff situation, I'm sure it will be a game like this -- fighting tooth-and-nail for both of us," Friendswood head coach Caleb Marburger said.

GC Memorial took the opening quarter 19-12, but the Mustangs closed the gap 7-5 in the second period making the score 26-17 at intermission in favor of the Patriots.

Memorial had built a 12-point 38-26 lead with about three minutes left in the third period when the Mustangs began their comeback thanks to a renewed defensive effort that held the Patriots scoreless for nearly 10 minutes.

With a minute to play in the game, the Patriots took a 44-43 lead thanks to a 3-point shot.

Friendswood answered with a rebound basket by Lipetska for a 45-44 Mustang lead with less than 30 seconds left in the game.

But Memorial score another 3-pointer to retake the lead 47-45 before Lipetska's last-second heroics.

Lipetska and Gracen McGregor both scored nine points while Hudson Bockart tossed in eight points.

The win was crucial for Friendswood as they begin the second round of district action to keep them in the playoff picture.

"I don't think we've played our best basketball against the top dogs," Marburger said. "We've shown we can in spurts."