Pearland gets past Pasadena 65-55

PEARLAND — In the past, the Pasadena Eagles have not been too competitive on the basketball court until this season.

When Pearland faced the Eagles in the first round of District 22-6A competition, Pasadena emerged with a shocking 68-63 victory. The Oilers had never lost to a Pasadena basketball team.

So when the Eagles arrived at the Pressure Pit at Pearland High School last week, head coach Steve Buckelew needed to see his hard court warriors avenge the first round loss to the Eagles.

But the Eagles weren't going to go down easy. They were going to make the Oilers earn the much needed win. Especially after Pearland fell to the Dobie Longhorns earlier in the week.

This game was crucial if Pearland was going to keep their playoff hopes alive for this season.

Both teams went at it in the opening quarter with the Oilers barely getting by at 15-13 at the end of the first period.

Pearland's offense opened up some space between the two teams sparked by the offensive prowess of John Deterville who pumped in seven points in the quarter as Pearland outscored the visitors 17-9 for a 32-20 halftime lead.

The Oilers controlled the third quarter 12-8 giving them a 44-28 margin.

But Pasadena wasn't going to go away as they pushed up the floor on offense and defense to outscore the Oilers 27-21, but there just wasn't enough time left in the game to overcome the lead that the Oilers had built in the earlier quarters.

Pearland got a strong offensive showing from Kenneth Brown in the final eight minutes as he hit three baskets and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line for 10 points.

Deterville finished with 12 points while Brown also closed out with 12. Michael Guillory tossed in 11.

The Oilers were 17-of-24 from the free throw line while hitting four 3-pointers.

Pearland needs to win out to have a comfortable chance of extending their season since they are now 6-4 in district.

Dobie 57 - Pearland 42

Pearland knocked off Manvel 74-46 with a strong team effort and it appeared that the Oilers had turned the corner on the season, but they return to their old ways in falling to the Dobie Longhorns 57-42 to snap a five-game district winning streak after an 0-3 start in league play.

The Oilers finished the first half with a 5-3 mark, but dropped to 5-4 after the loss to Dobie.

Dobie jumped out to a 16-10 first quarter lead with Pearland taking the second period 9-5 leaving the Horns with a 21-19 lead at intermission.

It was all Dobie in the second half as they took the third quarter 13-8 and finished off the Oilers in the fourth 23-15 for the 15-point margin of victory.

Khristien White was the top scorer for the Oilers with 10 points.

Pearland will host Dawson on Friday, Jan. 29. at 7:00 p.m. and they will travel to face Alvin on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m.