The Clear Creek Wildcats and the Cypress Falls Eagles kicked off the second day of action in the Carlisle-Krueger Classic with a close game that went back and forth throughout on Friday afternoon at Krueger Fieldhouse at Clear Lake High School.
But the Eagles managed to survive a in a thrilling 54-52 win over the Wildcats.
“I felt like Clear Creek had a really good game plan and executed very well,” said Cy Falls head coach Richard Flores. “We had to adjust to them but once we were in, we were able to step up. They’re a really good team and so are we. It was a good game for us to learn from.”
The Clear Creek Wildcats could always find a way to extend their lead, but the Cypress Falls Eagles kept coming back.
“It was really important that we were able to keep our composure and for us to learn as far as playing each possession,” Flores said. “I felt like every time they made a run, we would counter and that’s just part of playing a good team. You have to make the stops and I’m proud of our guys for making the plays that they needed to.”
Trajan Wesley scored 16 points to lead the Eagles and was 12-of-14 on free throws while Deshang Weaver had 12 points. Andrew Nguyen scored 10 points, scoring in each quarter except the fourth.
Donta Smith had 16 points to lead the Wildcats while Day’Shon Marks finished with 12 and Nate Jackson had 10.
Logan Farlow and Key’Shawn Robinson had six points each.
Through the first three minutes of the game, only a 3-pointer by Nguyen for the Eagles separated both teams.
Donta Smith hit two trays inside the perimeter to help the Wildcats to a 6-4 lead late in the first quarter.
Marks’ second basket of the day came from beyond the arc with 1:42 left in the opening quarter.
Free throws by Weaver and a basket from Wesley at the buzzer gave the Eagles a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats used a 14-6 run to start the second quarter with inside shots from Jackson, Marks, Hunter Smith and Donta Smith.
But the Eagles went on an 8-2 run to trim the Wildcats’ lead to 25-24 at the half.
Nguyen began the second half the same way he started the first, by sinking a 3-point basket.
A 3-pointer by Farlow sparked a 7-0 run by the Wildcats.
Farlow’s second outside basket gave Clear Creek a 37-29 lead.
But the Eagles had another response, going on a 7-0 surge including a 3-pointer by Weaver in the third quarter.
The Wildcats had a 1-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We had a game plan and we followed it throughout,” said Clear Creek head coach Wes Bryan. “We just had some mental lapses here and there which is what high school kids do. But they’re a good team. They executed well.”
Marks fouled out of the game with 4:20 left.
A long inside jumper by Donta Smith put Clear Creek right back in front at 52-50 with 2:42 remaining.
Hawkins’ transition layup on a steal tied the game at 52-52 with 1:30 left.
The Wildcats worked the clock down in the final minute before Donta Smith’s turnaround jumper bounced off the rim and was rebounded by the Eagles.
A foul on Wesley sent him to the charity stripe where he converted both shots and Cypress Falls had a 54-52 lead with 4.07 seconds left.
But the Wildcats couldn’t get a shot off in the final seconds.
CLEAR SPRINGS VS. SAN ANTONIO BRENNAN
The San Antonio Brennan Bears stayed in front for the majority of the game that was close in the first half before breaking free in the second, recording a 74-62 win over the Clear Springs Chargers in the second game in the gold bracket on Friday afternoon.
“They’re a really good team,” said San Antonio Brennan head coach Koty Cowgill. “They gave us a good challenge with their size and they shot the ball really well. But it was nice for us to have our football guys back since we’re still trying to figure out who we are.”
Jacari Sanders put up 28 points to lead the Bears while Xavier Woodington had 21 and Alex Wise finished with 15 points.
Jalen White scored 20 points to lead the Chargers while Faite Williams had 17 and Marcus Williams finished with 10. Terrence Woodson scored seven points for Clear Springs.
The Bears led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and 31-29 at the half before taking control in the second half, building a 57-49 lead at the end of the third.
Sanders scored two 3-pointers in the first quarter for the Bears while White had three inside baskets to help the Chargers to a 13-6 lead early in the game.
The Bears responded with a 10-0 run that included a 3-pointer by Wise to give the Bears a 16-13 advantage.
Woodington scored his first basket of the game from 3-point land to extend the Bears’ lead to 21-16 with 5:40 left in the second quarter.
Faite Williams’ shooting came to life in the second quarter, scoring nine points off six baskets including a 3-pointer.
Woodington’s steal near midcourt led to an uncontested layup to give the Bears a 31-26 lead with 33.84 seconds remaining in the first half.
Marcus Williams’ 3-pointer at the buzzer brought the Chargers to a 31-29 deficit at the half.
The Chargers found themselves in front early in the second half at 38-35 after an and-one by White.
Soon after back to back free throws by Woodson made it 40-37, Clear Springs, before a 3-pointer attempt by Sanders bounced on the rim before falling through to tie the game.
Sanders scored on a pull up jumper with 48 seconds left in the third to give the Bears a 53-48 lead.
Woodington scored off another transition basket to close out the third with the Bears leading 57-49.
“We attacked the rim really well,” Cowgill said. “We shot well and got to the free throw line a lot in the second half. I saw a lot of versatility from us with moving the ball and getting the shots and made the plays that we were supposed to.”
Sanders hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game and the Chargers took a timeout, trailing 64-53 with 5:01 left in the game and the Bears didn’t look back.
“They came out much stronger than we did,” said Clear Springs head coach Chris Hairfield. “We have some things to work on and we have to come back ready to take care of.”
The Bears will face the Eagles at 9 a.m. today at Krueger Fieldhouse.
TEXAS CITY VS. NORTH SHORE
The North Shore Mustangs had little trouble in disposing the Texas City Stings, winning 68-38 on Friday night to close out the day in the gold bracket.
Daylon Joseph had 17 points to lead the Mustangs.
Jeremy Fountain scored 7 points for Texas City while Dayton Booker and Tee’shawn Garrett each had 6.
“I was pleased with how we played defense,” said North Shore head coach David Green. “We won the turnover battle. It took us awhile but once we got up tempo, that’s when we took off.”
An early 3-pointer by Dayton Booker helped the Stings to a 7-5 run in the first quarter.
But an outside shot by the Mustangs gave North Shore a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Capers scored off a rebound and the Mustangs took an 18-10 lead with 6:38 left in the second quarter.
The Stings struggled on shooting and it wasn’t until the 4:33 mark in the second quarter when they scored their first basket of the frame with Fisher’s charity.
The free throw was the start of a quick 5-0 run by Texas City as McDaniel and Evans each added a field goal.
But North Shore remained in control and a dunk by Johnson gave the Mustangs a 26-15 lead at the 3:15 mark in the second quarter.
The Mustangs maintained their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Stings 19-8 in the third quarter.
“I thought we came out very intimidated,” said Texas City head coach Chris Mason. “I thought our guards had a horrible first half. They didn’t compete very well. We turned the ball over. North Shore is big and good. They’re coach does a great job with them. But I thought we were intimidated and we weren’t very tough tonight.”
North Shore will face Clear Lake at 10:30 a.m. today at Krueger Fieldhouse.
Texas City will face Clear Creek at 1:30 p.m. at 1:30 p.m. at Krueger Fieldhouse.
Clear Springs will face Port Arthur Memorial at noon today at Krueger Fieldhouse.
In the silver bracket, the Clear Falls Knights fell to Clear Brook, 62-56, on Friday night at the Main Building Gym at Clear Lake High School.
The Knights will play today at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Building Gym.
In the bronze bracket, the Hitchcock Bulldogs fell to Milby 62-53 on Friday night at the Ninth Grade Center at Clear Lake High School.
The Bulldogs will play today at 1:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Center.