Pearland gets past Clear Creek, Channelview to advance to quarterfinals

PEARLAND — When the playoffs begin -- it takes a lot of hard work and some luck.

Pearland renewed an old rivalry when they faced former district nemesis Clear Creek in the Class 6A Region III bi-district contest.

And as usual, the two teams were in a close battle which has always been characteristic of when the two teams faced one another.

Pearland jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter lead behind the shooting of Javarious Washington and Ovidio Perez who scored four points each including a 3-pointer by Washington.

But Pearland's offense went south in the second period as the Oilers managed only five points while the Wildcats pumped in 10 points leaving Pearland with a 19-18 halftime lead.

The Oilers put some air between Clear Creek in the third outscoring the 'Cats 19-11 giving them a 38-29 cushion entering the final quarter.

Lowery had two 3-pointers in the third while Washington added another trey for 19 points.

The Oilers were also strong at the free throw line hitting 4-of-5.

But Clear Creek wasn't going away as the Wildcats erased an 11-point Pearland lead to surge ahead 49-48 with only 2:48 left in the game.

That would be the only lead and points that Clear Creek could muster as the Oilers ended the game with a 6-0 run making the final score 54-49 to end the season for the Wildcats.

The surge for Pearland came thanks to senior Javonne Lowery who came up with a steal, two rebounds and scored five points in the final two minutes.

Pearland head coach Steve Buckelew said he knew his team would be in for a war.

"Creek had a great game plan with a little bit different defense from what we'd seen," he said. "We hadn't seen a press in a while, and we sped up and lost our focus.

"I just told the guys, we've been here before, let's score a basket and get control of the game. Javonne just stepped up huge. They really schemed him great in the first half, but he came through for us at the end.

"Creek was very worthy of advancing. Our goal was to try to control (Donta Smith), and I thought we did pretty good, but they had some guys really step up for their team."

Pearland got some balanced scoring from Perez (14 points), Lowery (13 points), and Washington (11 points).

The win sent the Oilers to the area round to face the Channelview Falcons who upset Beaumont Westbrook who was the No. 1 seed. Channelview was a No. 4 seed.

The Oilers dominated the Falcons 63-35 to advance to face district foe Alief Taylor in the 6A Region III quarterfinals. The two teams split in district action this season. Details of the game against Channelview were not available at press time.