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Boys’ basketball: Clear Falls eyes consistency prior to battle with Clear Lake

January 2, 2019

Clear Falls’ 62-43 boys’ basketball loss to Deer Park last Friday was as different as its win by an identical score over Santa Fe the following day.

Which doesn’t go very far to telling first-year head coach Blake Joy what to expect when his team takes on Clear Lake this Friday at Krueger Fieldhouse.

In the victory over the Indians, Clear Falls held Santa Fe without a field goal for the game’s first 10 minutes in building a 27-4 lead.

However, the Indians outscored the Knights, 15-10, the remainder of the half as Falls’ focus became blurred.

Joy knows that any lapse against Clear Lake will prove costly - probably in the form of a defeat. The game will represent the Knights’ third straight road game.

“We kind of show what we can do and then we relax,” Joy said. “We don’t ever play up to our standards, I think, for a whole game.

“That’s the message I’ve been giving them (the Knights). If you’re always going to play to the situation, you’re going to really struggle.

“You can’t just come out and have a quarter where you don’t take it seriously. If you do that against some of the teams in our district, you’ll get beat by 20 points.”

Falls used strong rebounding, crisp passing and excellent shooting to build a 20-4 first-quarter lead on Santa Fe.

Guards Dorian Mason and Christian Terry along with 6-foot, 5-inch Jacob Dortch and 6-8 Francesco Cicalese all contributed in that game-deciding surge.

The Knights (12-12) led 37-19 at halftime and 48-26 after three quarters before coasting to the victory.

Falls can’t afford to take its foot off the pedal Friday.

“We struggled shooting it against Deer Park,” Joy said. “They’re really good, and it you don’t play together, which we didn’t, you have no chance to beat Deer Park.

“That’s where we are right now. We’re still trying to find our focus for a full game. We have to be unselfish, and we have to be intense.”

The Knights are 1-1 in district, falling to Dickinson by an 80-55 count before bouncing back to take a 49-47 win over Alvin.

“We got behind against Alvin, and didn’t shoot it well,” Joy said. “We put ourselves in a hole, and once we did that it was a grind the whole game.

“We didn’t do anything particularly well, but we got enough stops at the end to win.”

If Clear Falls can replicate its first-quarter play in the Santa Fe game for its matchup with Lake, Joy likes his team’s chances.

“Early on I was happy with our defense, but then we started fouling,” he said. “Offensively, when guys want to pass the ball, we play really well.

“We showed that for a quarter. It needs to happen for 32 minutes.”

Clear Lake (17-5) has played just one district game, a 64-59 loss to Clear Creek.

“Hopefully, we got something out of both games (Deer Park and Santa Fe),” Joy said. “I’d like to think we can find a rhythm and flow before we play Clear Lake.”

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