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The Clear Creek Wildcats couldn’t handle the full-court press and half-court trap and lost to the Pearland Oilers, 59-50, on Tuesday.

“I told them that we’re going to see this type of pressure, and I guess they took them lightly,” Clear Creek head coach Wes Bryan said

In the first quarter, these two teams were evenly matched for the most part. The quarter ended with both teams tied at 10. The Wildcats did have some trouble at the foul line.

The Oilers took the lead going into the halftime break, 28-27. The Wildcats’ defense didn’t have an answer for the Oilers’ Javonne Lowery, who scored 11 points in the second quarter alone. The Wildcats’ offense was off-balanced for most of the first half due to the Oilers’ full-court pressure on almost every possession.

The Wildcats’ Donta Smith helped keep Clear Creek afloat in the game with his 10 points in the first half.

The Wildcats scored just seven points in third quarter. The Oilers went back to full court pressure and setting up the trap in the half court, which made the Wildcats’ offense stagnant. The Oilers extended their lead to nine at the end of the third quarter.

The Wildcats weren’t able to make a dent in the Oilers’ lead in the fourth quarter, just exchanging baskets with them. The turnovers for the Wildcats hurt them in the long run and kept them from making a comeback. The Wildcats started to press in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

The Oilers had three players score more than 15 points in the game: Lowery, Ovidio Perez, and Javarious Washington. The Wildcats only had two players in double figures with 12 points from Smith and Day’Shon Marks.

The Wildcats improvement will start in practice, not in the game, Bryan said.

“We have to practice harder and hold each other more accountable,” Bryan said.

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