Going in as the last area team standing in the gold bracket, the Clear Creek Wildcats fell to the Port Arthur Memorial Titans in a 68-58 loss in the consolidation final on Saturday night at Krueger Fieldhouse at Clear Lake High School.
Earlier in the day, Texas City fell to Clear Creek while Clear Springs lost to Port Arthur Memorial at Krueger Fieldhouse.
It was the final day of the Carlisle-Krueger Classic basketball tournament which started Thursday.
Thailan Wesley scored 18 points to lead the Titans while Jaymus Jones had 13 and Nathan Clover finished with 11. Tyler Guidry scored 10. Darion Chatman scored 7 points for the Titans.
“We played with a lot of tenacity,” said Port Arthur head coach Travis Williams. “We knew that Clear Creek was a good team. We just beat a good team. I’m happy about the result.”
The Wildcats were led by Donta Smith who had 15 points. Day’Shon Marks finished with 9 and Hunter Smith scored 8.
Hunter Smith’s turnaround jumper brought the Wildcats to an 8-5 deficit.
Jackson tried to follow it up with an outside shot but his 3-pointer attempt bounced off the rim and the Titans rebounded.
Jones drove to the basket for an easy layup late in the first quarter and the Titans had a 14-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Robinson’s underhanded basket came at the start of the second quarter for the Wildcats.
Logan Farlow fired a 3-pointer and suddenly the Wildcats were only in a 4-point hole with 6:27 left in the second quarter.
The Titans struck back with consecutive field goals for a 4-0 run.
A 3-pointer by Jones made it 27-18, Port Arthur Memorial, at the halfway point of the second quarter.
Jones made a free throw with 24 seconds left in the half and the Titans led 31-26 at the break.
Robinson scored a wide-open 3-pointer at the 2:47 mark in the third to narrow the Wildcats’ deficit to 5 points.
The Titans didn’t let it bother them, extending their lead to 49-38.
The Wildcats managed to come to within 4 points of the Titans with 2:32 left in the game.
Chatman hit two charities soon after to put the Titans at a 60-54 advantage.
A tip-in by Clover only extended the Titans’ advantage with time running out on Clear Creek.
Clover buried consecutive free throws in the final minute to put the Titans ahead by 9 and Clear Creek couldn’t come back.
“We had some opportunities late in the game,” said Clear Creek head coach Wes Bryan. “That was the biggest issue. We had some turnovers, especially in the third quarter that hurt us. We cut it down a couple of times but we just couldn’t get over that hump.”
CLEAR CREEK VS. TEXAS CITY
The Clear Creek Wildcats started the day with a close 62-60 win over the Texas City Stings to advance to the final of the consolidation bracket.
Donta Smith had 15 points to lead the Wildcats while Marks and Stavros Karamitsos each had 10.
“We hung on and survived against Texas City,” Bryan said. “We didn’t really handle adversity very well but we were able to hang on and survive in that game. Texas City is a good team. Our guys competed and we were able to move on. I’m happy with the effort in the tournament from our guys.”
Dayton Booker and Adrain Sherwood each put up 13 points for the Stings while Jacoree Evans had 10. J’ihil Allen finished with 8.
The Wildcats took off on a fast 9-4 run to start the game, capped off by a 3-pointer from Jackson.
Karamitsos scored from outside the arc as the first quarter expired to give the Wildcats a 16-7 lead.
Tough defense from the Wildcats helped them build a 21-10 lead by the 4:35 mark in the second quarter.
The Stings pulled to within 8 of Clear Creek after a free throw by Tee’shawn Garrett in the closing minutes of the first half.
But Robinson responded with a 3-pointer on the other end.
Texas City used a late 6-3 run before the end of the half to narrow their deficit to 5.
Watson’s inside floater came at the buzzer to give Clear Creek a 30-23 halftime lead.
The Stings started began the second half on a better note, going on a 5-0 run.
It wasn’t long before the Stings found themselves ahead, 34-32, with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
Soon after, Garrett drilled two free throws to expand the Stings’ lead to 36-32.
As both teams kept it close, Clear Creek inched back in front with a transition basket by Robinson while drawing a foul. His free throw completed the 3-point play and the Wildcats were ahead 38-36 with 3:18 in the third.
Karamitsos hit another 3-pointer with less than a minute in the third before the Stings responded with an inside shot and the Wildcats had a narrow 45-44 lead heading into the fourth.
Both teams continued to keep things close in the fourth quarter, trading baskets and taking turns going in front.
Smith’s basket in the paint came with a foul and his charity made it 58-56 Clear Creek, with 2:08 remaining.
Hanging on to a 60-58 lead with 48.91 seconds, the Wildcats turned the ball over and a crucial foul against Marks sent Allen to the line where he made both shots to tie the game.
Marks made up for it by scoring.
“It was a tough game,” said Texas City head coach Chris Mason. “I thought the last couple of minutes we broke down defensively. We missed a lot of opportunities early in the game. We have to play better team ball.”
VS. PORT ARTHUR MEMORIAL
The Port Arthur Titans began the day with a 50-35 win over the Clear Springs Chargers.
Wesley scored 26 points to lead the Titans while Guidry had 6.
Terrence Woodson scored 14 points to lead the Chargers while Jalen White finished with 12.
Woodson’s early 3-pointer gave the Chargers a 5-4 lead before Wesley answered back on the other end of the floor with his own outside basket for the Titans with 5:00 left in the opening quarter.
Jones launched an outside shot from the right side of the arc and the Titans built a 10-5 advantage.
But aside from the few 3-point baskets, both teams were slow coming out of the gate on offense at the start of the game.
Only 17 total points combined were scored in the first quarter with the Titans leading 10-7.
But both teams quickly found their shooting at the start of the second quarter with 8 points combined scored in just the first two minutes.
Woodson’s turnaround jumper brought the Chargers to within seven points of the Titans with 3:45 remaining in the first half.
White broke free on a steal but couldn’t finish the transition layup and the Titans rebounded.
Clear Springs slowly crawled back and Woodson completed a 3-point play after scoring on a foul. His free throw tied the game at 18-18 in the final minute of the half.
The Titans used a 4-0 run to start the second half.
Wesley was fouled on his way to the basket and his charity completed the 3-point play.
Seconds later, the same thing happened again and Wesley converted from the line to give the Titans a 10-point advantage at the 5:14 mark in the third quarter.
Wesley continued his takeover of the game with an easy turnaround jumper to put the Titans at another 10-point advantage in the third.
Wesley scored 14 of his total points in the third quarter and the Titans carried a 34-23 lead into the fourth.
Dorsey added a wide-open 3-pointer from the far-left side of the floor to extend the Titans’ lead to 45-29 with 2:32 left in the game.
The Titans wouldn’t relinquish their lead.
The victory did wonders for the Titans’ confidence, according to their coach.
“The game against Clear Springs was a spring board for success for us,” Williams said. “We needed that win so we were able to bring the momentum from that game into our game against Clear Creek.”
The Clear Falls Knights fell to Houston Memorial, 68-64, on Saturday afternoon in the silver bracket at the Main Building Gym at Clear Lake High School.
The Hitchcock Bulldogs defeated Tuloso-Midway, 58-57, on Saturday afternoon at the Ninth Grade Center in the bronze bracket.
The Bulldogs lost in the consolidation final of the bronze bracket with a 58-47 loss to Fort Bend Clements.