Mustangs rally late to defeat Galena Park, 47-42
It wasn’t the most artistic of performances by the Friendswood boys’ basketball team Friday afternoon, but the finished product was deemed readily acceptable.
Having trailed almost the entire game until the final minutes, the Mustangs held Galena Park without a field goal for the closing 4:34 in rallying for a 47-42 District 22-5A win in the Mustang gym.
Senior guard Ian Bivins scored five straight points in bringing Friendswood back from a 41-38 deficit into a 43-41 lead with just 3:41 showing.
Galena Park managed to make just one free throw with 3:05 showing to close to 43-42 but wouldn’t score the remainder of the game.
Mustang Renyck Robertson, a 6-4 senior post, sank a free throw for the Mustangs with 2:14 showing to make it 44-42, Bivins added another freebie with 56 seconds left for a 45-42 lead, and Robertson scored inside at the 26-second mark to secure the win.
When Bivins (team-high 16 points) scored consecutive baskets midway through the final period, it represented Friendswood’s first lead since 2-0 just 41 seconds into the game.
The sluggish Mustangs saw Galena Park take a commanding 13-3 lead after one quarter.
“We stayed confident in ourselves and knocked down some shots when we really needed to,” Mustang head coach Caleb Marburger said. “Galena Park does a good job of getting the game at their own pace with that zone.
“It hurt us big time in that first quarter when we put up a three-spot. We had some slow stretches and defensive breakdowns, but I can’t say enough about the guys and their positivity. The bench brought a lot of energy for us and got some key stops.”
The ’Jackets led comfortably at 19-9 in the second quarter before Friendswood (10-9, 2-1) finally started to get untracked. The Mustangs went on an 11-3 run to close to 22-20.
Thomas Hamre, Hudson Bockart and Gracen McGregor each connected on 3-pointers in that spree to rally the Mustangs.
Robertson then scored inside just prior to the halftime buzzer to pull Friendswood within 25-22 at the break.
In the third quarter, Galena Park built as much as a six-point advantage on a 3-pointer by Deiondre Fonseca for a 33-27 cushion, but Hamre, who finished with 15 points, nailed consecutive treys in the final minute to pull the Mustangs into a 33-33 tie entering the final quarter.
Fonseca canned two more treys for the Yellowjackets in the fourth quarter, but his last 3-pointer with 4:35 showing, which gave Galena Park a 41-38 lead, would represent the ‘Jackets’ final field goal.
Friendswood’s intensity picked up at that point as the Mustangs’ comeback materialized.
“Bivins was aggressive and attacked the paint,” Marburger said. “Thomas Hamre making those shots out of the corner was huge. Once we got the lead, I believe we felt we were over the hump.
“That lifted some weight off the kids’ shoulders. We’ve had a rough couple of weeks and didn’t do too good in our holiday tournament.
“This was a big win, fighting through some adversity and a good way to end the break.”