Falcons show up in second half to overtake LaPorte

Posted by Donald Wilkerson on Nov 25 2003 at 04:00PM PST
The Clear Lake Falcons Varsity always play poorly in the first game after a tournament. Wednesday's game against the LaPorte Bulldogs was no exception. For the second time in 5 days, the Clear Lake Falcons faced the LaPorte Bulldogs. Same song, second verse, only this time the Falcons had that "Gee, I wish I hadn't stayed out so late last night" look. With Dan Rieke still sidelined, the Falcons came out slow and mostly stayed that way in the first half. The score was tied at 9 at the end of the first quarter. Yes, that's correct, 9 points. LaPorte was up 28-22 at the half. Fortunately for Lake, the Bulldogs' Zach Trader had all the moves but was ineffective all night in what was probably one of his poorest showings. That might be explained by the presence of Aaron Greenwood, who had an awesome game on both ends of the court. Greenwood had a team high 12 points despite sitting out most of the second half. The Falcons just couldn't seem to get a rhythym going in the first half though they seemed to be working hard at times.Turnovers were again a major problem for Lake. The Falcons decided to show up for the second half so the obvious difference in talent began to show. The highlight of the game was a monster dunk by Greenwood which would make many TV highlight clips. "Where did he come from?" was the expression on the LaPorte players faces. With tenacious defense sparked by Nandi Wijay, Chris Mitchell and Micah Walker, the Falcons took control of the game. The Falcons outscored the Dogs 21 to 11 in the 3rd quarter to pull ahead 43-39. The fourth quarter was a see-saw battle with Lake pulling ahead by 1 or 2 buckets and then LaPorte pulling close or tying. The win for the Falcons was not evident until the final minute of the game. Final score was 57-51. Inexperienced refs not yet ready for 5A ball were again a problem. There were at least 5 technical fouls called in the game and the game tried to get out of control at one point. The crowd really got into the game after a succession of absence-of-calls and poor calls Former players spotted in the crowd included Sean Williams, Blair Greenwood, Kyle Baird, and Allen Hudson.


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