Falcons Fall to State's #1 Team
Posted by Donald Wilkerson on Nov 28 2003 at 04:00PM PST
The Clear Lake Falcons Varsity hung tough for three quarters against the Texas 5A #1 ranked Milby Buffalos in the Saturday 2 p.m game. Always a positive force when he is in the game, Dan Rieke's return from injured status was not enough of a boost for the Falcons as they were defeated by their long standing rivals by a score of 62-41. The game was close during the first half with the Buffs being up 27-20. At the end of the 3rd quarter Milby led by only 6 with the score at 42-36 so the Falcons were still in it. But the stout defense of the Buffs combined with strong second half offensive performances from McClellan (18 total points) and Posey (12 points) and noticeable team quickness proved too much for the Falcons as they were held to only 5 points in the fourth quarter while the nationally ranked Milby squad (#22 nationally) racked up 20. Jawann McClellan was impressive as expected but the Lake defense, especially Gordon Abner, did a noticeably assertive job of containing McClellan at times. Larry Posey did his job by filling up the paint and making life difficult for Lake's big men when he wasn't moving with the grace of a ballerina with the ball. Scott Oswald led Lake scoring with 10 points. Strength off the bench was not a problem for Lake as their newly revised strategy of substitution worked well for the first 3 quarters but proved ineffective in the late minutes of the game. Usually the Milby-Lake game would be the first game of the season for both teams but due to a scheduling mix-up, it was the 4th game for the Buffalos and the 8th game for the Falcons. The Buffs did not need any more preparation as they proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the region and in the state. Both teams will continue to improve and it should be fun to watch.
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