Pearland falls to Cypress Falls 58-37

PEARLAND — Pearland head coach Steve Buckelew is using the non-district schedule to prepare his team for the upcoming District 23-6A schedule.

For the first time in Buckelew's illustrious 28-year career at Pearland, the veteran coach began the 2022-2023 basketball season without a returning starter or letterman. All the players on varsity this year played on the freshman or JV team last season so he is dealing with a lot of inexperience.

The Oilers faced the Cypress Falls Eagles and came up short 58-37, but it was another game to give his players the experience they need at the varsity level.

Pearland faced the challenge for the first three quarters and were very much in the game until the final frame gave the Eagles the win.

Cy-Falls took the opening quarter 17-12 but the Oilers stayed even in the second period 11-11 to give the Eagles a 28-23 lead at intermission.

The third quarter saw the Eagles continue to surge with a 16-12 period for a 44-35 lead entering the final frame.

The wheels fell off for the Oilers as they were able to score only one basket down the stretch while the Eagles tossed in 14 more points to make the final 58-37.

Pearland is now 4-11 overall and will face district competition on January 4 when they play Alief Elsik.