Falcons claim district title by beating Clear Brook

Posted by Donald Wilkerson on Feb 17 2004 at 04:00PM PST
If there was doubt in anyone’s mind about who the District 24 5A champions were, Tuesday night at the Clear Lake gym the Clear Lake Falcons resolved the issue with authority. The Falcons defeated the Wolverines 64-45 in front of a highly charged, packed house. Still stinging from their only loss in district play to Clear Brook, the 26-7 Falcons came out well prepared and eager to show everyone they were worthy of their regional and state rankings. The Falcons started off slowly and spotted the noticeably quick Wolverines 5 points before a basket by Nandi Wijay broke the ice. The game also started off on a sour note when less than 4 minutes into the first quarter an intentional foul was called on Lake for a foul by Nandi Wijay (and Dennis Cerny) when stopping a fast break drive to the basket by fouling Drew Washington. What a flakey, dubious call! Certainly it was because the refs wanted to set the tone of the game early and not let the intense rivalry get out of hand but it was just a bad call. The Clear Brook fans had a warning of what was to come though when both free throws were missed. The Wolverines went on to miss six in a row before they finally made one. A total of eight free throws in the first half were missed by Brook and the Wolverines only made 7 of 20 for the night. The brief Brook lead in the first quarter was ended when Dennis Cerny swished his first 3 pointer for the night and put the Falcons ahead 9-8. The score stayed within a point or two until Brook reclaimed the lead 16-14. But then two free throws by Dan Rieke tied it at 16, a 3 by Armie Lewis and a basket by Aaron Greenwood closed out the first quarter with Lake up 21-16. The defense from both squads was at times impressive and it was a thrilling first quarter. The second quarter was a defensive contest as well. The Falcons went three and a half minutes before they scored their first bucket when Connor Atchley put it in. The Falcons outscored the Wolverines 9 to 6 to make the score 30-22 at the half. The foul count was slightly excessive in the first half but not as bad as it has been for the Falcons in many games this year. At the halftime, the Falcons must have said “Okay, enough foolin around, let’s go to work”. And Boy did they! At 4:25 remaining in the quarter, Dan Rieke took a charge, his THIRD of the game. Very impressive! With each one you could feel it electrify the team just a bit more. The focused, intense Lake squad went on to outscore the Wolverines 18 to 6 in the quarter with great defense, consistently unselfish team play, and balanced scoring. Solid rebounding by Connor Atchley and Chris Mitchell helped as well as the speed and hustle of the guards and the remarkable talent display of Nandi Wijay and Scott Oswald. The third quarter closed at 48-28 in Lake’s favor with everyone getting in on the act. Twenty point lead. Not bad for a team who let Brook beat them 60-53 only three weeks earlier on a bad night. The reserves got to play a considerable amount in this game. In the final period, with the reserves playing most of the quarter, Lake went to their slow down game to run some time off the clock. Lake only scored three baskets but went 10 of 12 on their free throws to further perplex the bewildered Wolverines. Final score was 64-45 but the lead could easily have been greater. No need though. The Falcons had said what they came to say. Scoring for the Falcons: Dan Rieke 12, Connor Atchley 10, Scott Oswald 10, Nandi Wijay 6, Dennis Cerny 6, Armie Lewis 6, Ross Mahler 5, Chris Mitchell 4, Aaron Greenwood 4, Gordon Abner 1. I am almost positive that Micah Walker scored as well but not according to the official scorebook. The Falcons were 15 of 19 from the free throw line. imageimageimage


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