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Clear Creek’s JV captures third place at Deer Park Thanksgiving tourney

November 26, 2018

DEER PARK - With two of their six 3-point goals helping to fuel a fantastic finish, Clear Creek’s JV boys basketball team defeated Deer Park 56-37 to capture the third-place prize at the annual Deer Park JV Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats, who never trailed, turned a precarious six-point lead on the Cotton Watkins Gym floor into a monstrous advantage after outscoring the Deer 20-7 for the final 10 minutes.

Alex Ferrell turned in his second 20-or-more points production of the tournament when he netted a game-high 20 points. He scored 21 points in a 72-32 quarterfinal round rout of Sam Rayburn Friday morning.

Eligha Hagler drained four field goals for nine points, while the trio of Raul Pena, Jeremiah Cams and J.P. Gonzalez all scored six points.

Ferrell’s third and final 3-point goal ignited the 20-7 game-ending surge, giving the team a 39-30 advantage. It was a big bucket because Deer Park had just trimmed a 10-point deficit down to six.

Creek kept that new-found nine-point lead going into the final eight minutes and that’s when the team outscored the hosts 14-4.

Hagler’s trey and a Pena bucket pushed the advantage to double digits where it stayed.

Deer Park was ice-cold from the floor, sinking 1-of-12 and rarely were the Deer getting second looks. Creek’s energy under the defensive glass was superb.

A major reason why the Wildcats never trailed was because of some outstanding rebounding on the offensive side in the first period.

Ferrell’s first points were due to a second look and Alex Miller scored on a second look that produced an 8-4 lead. Completing a trifecta of second looks and scores was Pena, who nabbed an errant Ryan Robertson shot and put it back in, creating a 16-9 lead after one period.

Hagler then opened the second period with more muscle under the offensive glass when he got the rebound and somehow scored in serious traffic in the paint.

Clear Creek’s one loss came at the hands of Humble, who went on to win the tourney championship, defeating Spring High School 60-57.

Creek opened the tourney with a 53-50 win over Atascocita.

TOURNEY NOTES: Clear Lake’s JV finished the event Saturday morning with a 47-33 win over Baytown Sterling. The Shaffer twins - Landon and Braeden Shaffer - scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, while Chris Lee tacked on 13. Friday night, the Falcons lost to Deer Park 53-48 in another quarterfinal game. … Davis was the consolation winners, topping Atascocita.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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