Pearland gets back on winning track with win over Elsik

PEARLAND — The Pearland roundballers had some hard luck in the first round, but they got back on the winning path to begin the second round of District 23-6A action with a 60-42 win over the Alief Elsik Rams.

The Oilers lost two district games in the first round by a total of three points with one loss coming at the final buzzer.

Head coach Steve Buckelew was hoping that his hard court warriors would be defending the district crown they shared with Dawson last season, but now they are fighting to stay in the hunt for a place in the post-season. Avenging their loss to Elsik in the first round was a good start toward the playoffs.

The first half was more like a comedy of errors for both teams, but the Oilers held things together to take a 20-9 first quarter lead as senior Ovidio Perez led the offensive attack with three field goals for six points.

Perez got plenty of help as five other Oilers contributed points on the scoreboard.

The Oilers maintained control of the second quarter 12-10 for a 32-19 lead at intermission.

Pearland extended their lead in the third as Kevin Shead dropped in six points as the Oilers took the third period 15-6 enabling to build a 47-25 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Elsik attempted a comeback by taking the final quarter 17-13, but it was too little too late for the Rams as the Oilers improved their district mark to 3-4 with the 60-42 win.

Pearland had four players in double figures as Javarious Washington and Nathan Cross each tossed in 11 points and Javonne Lowery and Kevin Shead each had 10 points.

Elsik actually scored a lot of their points at the free throw line hitting 19-of-28.

Pearland was 13-of-23 from the charity stripe.

The Oilers will travel to face league-leading Dawson on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m.