Clear Lake defeats Duncanville 67-63 in first round play

Posted by Donald Wilkerson on Dec 28 2003 at 04:00PM PST
As expected, Clear Lake faced a disciplined, well rounded ball club in the Duncanville Panthers in the first round of the Fort Worth WhataBurger Classic. The Panthers came in with a 12-3 record compared to the Falcons 12-4. The teams were evenly matched and it was obvious from the tip-off. Lake gained an early lead and maintained it. Clear Lake played their game and started off strong with Scott Oswald hitting 2 3's in the first quarter and good strong inside play by Dan Rieke. Lake was up 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. The game continued to be close with Clear Lake usually leading but due to strong outside shooting Duncanville tied the game twice in the last 3:50 of the second quarter. At the half it was Lake up by 2 with the score at 37-35. In the third quarter Connor Atchley's intimidating presence continued to be obvious. No stats yet on blocked shots, etc. but he was a force. Lake was up by 14 at one point but Duncanville finished out the quarter ahead 56-47. In the 4th Lake maintained their composure and regained the lead despite some questionable calls by the referees. It appeared for most of the 4th quarter that the refs would steal the game from Clear Lake who was out-playing Duncanville. Because of unbalanced foul calling by the officials, Duncanville was shooting 2 foul shots on every foul less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The foul count was 3-10 in Duncanville's favor at that point. In what could only be described as one of the flakiest calls of the season, one of the refs called a technical foul on Clear Lake coach Lynn McDonald for an almost unnoticeable suggestion that a jump ball should have been called when the official had called a foul on Clear Lake. Fortunately, of the four free throws, Duncanville made only one. With 56.9 seconds remaining in the game the foul count was Duncanville 5, Clear Lake 18!! Lake hung on to prevail over a very determined Duncanville squad 67-63. Dan Rieke led his team with 8 of 11 shooting for a total of 17 points. Scott Oswald and Connor Atchley each had 11. More details to come when the stats are available. Lake next faces Trevor-Brown out of Phoenix Arizona at 12:30 Tuesday. If they are successful in defeating the Arizona squad and Fort Worth Dunbar wins their second game at 11 a.m. against Arlington Martin (which is expected by most), then Clear Lake will face off against Dunbar at 8 p.m. Tuesday.


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