South Houston gains split to start 86th Carlisle-Krueger Classic
HOUSTON - South Houston’s perimeter shooting was decent in its first assignment of the 86th annual Carlisle-Krueger Classic, but it was darn good in the nightcap.
With the Trojans draining ten 3-point goals, Darreon Jackson connected for six of the bonus buckets as South Houston salvaged a split of its Pool F assignments with a 74-60 win over Lake-Creek High School at the Bill Krueger Fieldhouse Thursday night.
South Houston began the tournament with a 52-41 defeat at the hands of the hosts, Clear Lake on its floor. The Trojans pushed the Falcons, scoring the first seven points of the fourth period to draw within three, but that’s as close as new head coach Mark Crutchfield’s club would get.
As for the nightcap, the Trojans needed all ten bonus buckets because the Lions, in their first-ever varsity campaign, were canning nine 3-point goals.
But with Jackson finishing with a game-high 23 points and teammate Keith Oliver adding 21, it was more than enough to hold off the pesky Lions.
The other four bonus buckets for the Trojans came from Torrence Stevens and Micah Jernigan, who each had two.
South Houston won the contest after Lake-Creek connected for its sixth 3-point goal to make it a seven-point difference. The Trojans went on its biggest run of the day, scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 49-32 lead.
Getting it started was an Ethan Ponce putback and Jernigan’s second bonus bucket. Helping was some good work under the defensive glass that held the Lions to one look. Oliver and Jernigan did that part.
The Lions would get the deficit under double digits with the help of two of their 3-point goals and a score on the fastbreak, creating a 54-46 deficit.
Fortunately, South Houston’s attack never went into a drought like it did against Clear Lake. Each time the Lions got the margin down to nine, Oliver, Chayse Jones, Jido Hinojosa or Jackson would respond with a bucket.
In the loss to Clear Lake, Jackson scored 14 points and Stevens 11. Clear Lake received a terrific game from Jaja Sanni and his 21 points. John Argue pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
“You always equate toughness with South Houston. Our kids are a bunch of tough kids, too. You have to raise your level against them because they grind out games. They play a very simple style of basketball. Anytime you make a mistake, they capitalize. In the second half, we didn’t many mistakes. We didn’t put them into position to capitalize against us. Our kids showed a lot of respect for them,” Clear Lake head coach Tommy Penders said.
Sparking that 7-0 run to start the fourth was Stevens, who scored five of the seven. He also picked up an assist on a Ponce bucket for the team’s last points of the third period.
But that’s when South Houston missed nine straight shots and they weren’t getting second looks either. What hurt was the fact that the Falcons weren’t taking advantage of the skid. Good work on the boards was giving the offense every opportunity to really throw a scare at Lake, but it wasn’t to be.