Clear Creek edges Friendswood 59-56 in non-district contest

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Friendswood point guard Chase Richardson drives against a Clear Creek defender.

The Mustangs dropped the non-district contest 59-56 for a 13-6 season record.

Clear Creek jumped out to an early 15-9 first quarter lead but that didn't discourage Friendswood as they fought back in the second period to take the frame 13-10 leaving the Wildcats clinging to a 25-22 advantage at intermission.

The third quarter belonged to Creek as they built a 41-28 advantage in the third quarter on a 16-6 scoring run.

However, Friendswood rallied to end the third period on a 10-3 run to cut the Creek lead to 44-38 entering the fourth quarter.

Leading the Friendswood offensive surge was Dyllan Baker who converted a 3-point play while getting support from Ronin Passons who contributed a layup in the fourth quarter to give the Mustangs a 49-48 lead with 3:17 to play in the game.

Clear Creek countered with a 7-0 scoring run to retake the lead 55-49 with :43 seconds left in the game.

But the Mustangs were going to give in as they got buckets from Baker, Noah Abebe and three free throws from Baker, but in the end the Wildcats were able to prevail 59-56.

"We had chances, and the kids weren't trying to make mistakes," said Friendswood first-year head coach Danny Russell. "I was more pleased with our fortitude and playing through those mistakes. We've got guys who were able to make it a game."

Clear Creek improved to 15-7 on the season while Friendswood dropped to 13-6.

Baker finished with 18 points (16 in the second half) while Passons added nine points and Brady Fiesinger tossed in eight points.

The next game for Friendswood will be on January 3 when they face Lufkin.

Friendswood 62 - Angleton 35

Earlier in December, Friendswood picked up a District 10-5A win over Angleton by the lopsided score of 62-35.

The game was even through the opening period as both teams score 11 points, but the Mustangs began to separate themselves from the Wildcats in the second quarter 17-10 which gave them a 28-21 advantage at halftime.

The second half was dominated totally by the Mustangs as they took the third quarter 19-7 to make the score 47-28 heading into the final frame.

Friendswood continued to control the game with a closing 15-7 fourth quarter to post the 62-35 final score.

The Mustangs are 1-1 in the early district standings.