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Connor Atchley was designated as one of the All Tournaments players in the Pasadena Texas Invitational Tourney. On Tuesday, two members of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce traveled to Clear Lake High School to present Atchley with his trophy. Another obvious reason why that Tournament was such a success. When have you heard of the trophies being hand delivered to the players at the players' schools?
Few expected the Clear Lake vs. Klein game to be as close as it was. Coach Lynn McDonald expected it though. "If you look at their games, with the exception of the Pearland loss, they have played all their opponents close". Tuesday night at Klein was no different. The Falcons started out ahead and stayed slightly ahead by as much as 8 points throughout most of the game with the Kats closing the gap and tying several times in the second half. Lake would usually score easily when they weren't turning over the ball (19 bad passes) then the Kats would claw and scratch their way back to even the score. The final outcome (57-53 Lake) wasn't obvious until the waning seconds of the match. Aaron Greenwood had 8 rebounds and 12 points; Connor Atchley led all scorers with 13 points. Dennis Cerny pumped in 11 points. One bright spot in Lake's play was the addition of Armie Lewis, the talented freshman guard, who assumed the role of floor general with ease. Armie added 8 points to Lake's total. After the Freshman pumped in his second "3" of the second half, one veteran spectator quipped "You don't need the Marines when you have Armie"! Seems so.
Falcon varsity star Dan Rieke (not little brother JV star Dustin Rieke) sustained a small slash in his left eyebrow when two heads collided in the first half of the Klein game Tuesday night. Rieke was removed from the game and required medical attention by the Klein trainer. He returned to the gym later with a bandage but did not re-enter the game. Rieke is typical of the Clear Lake players who put it all out there for their team. If my failing memory serves me correctly, the point in the game when the injury occurred was almost the exact same time in the game of the previous injury when Dan injured his right ankle last week. Wierd huh!
Jags' Law: Hustle and unselfishness 12/01/03 It was one of those days for Richard Law; the good version of one of those days. Scoring a career-high 18 points that included 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and grabbing five rebounds, Law gave the few fans who attended South Alabama's 66-49 victory over Alabama State at the Mitchell Center on Sunday quite a show. And if practice performances are any indication, this will not be a one-night stand. "No one on the coaching staff is surprised by the way he played today," second-year head coach John Pelphrey said. "He has been shooting the ball great in practice." Just as importantly, Pelphrey said, Law is investing much more into this team and his play than taking 3-point shots. "Nobody works harder or cares more about the welfare of this basketball team," Pelphrey said. "He's developing into a great team leader. ... As he gets physically stronger, he's going to get better and better." Law, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound sophomore from Houston has gotten better, partly due to the extra work he put in during the offseason and also because the competition level, which is higher overall with this year's team, is pushing each of the South Alabama players to step up their games. Last season, Law averaged just six points a game, playing an average of 18 minutes a game. In South Alabama's first two games of the season -- losses at Jackson State and Mississippi State -- Law scored a combined 13 points, all nine of his points against MSU coming on 3-pointers (3-of-5). He's averaging 23 minutes a game this season. The difference, he says, is confidence. "I was feeling it (shooting touch) today," he said. "I've been feeling it in practice. If I'm open, I need to pull it. ... I feel a lot more a part of the flow of the game now, playing my second year here. I know the system better and we have a lot more depth now. "The competition level has made me better; it's made all of us better. I know if I'm not hitting (shots), somebody else will be, so I'll get the ball to them." Law said he wasn't surprised by his play Sunday. Fact is, he's been waiting for a game like that to materialize. "I expected something to happen. Hopefully, I'll have some more games like that," he said. If so, he could play a key role in South Alabama's season. Malerick Bedden, who averaged 13.4 points a game last season and was a driving force for the Jags at the end of last year, is expected to regain his eligibility after one more game. With senior Henry Williams getting stronger and Justin White showing some improvement, there could be better days ahead in the paint for the Jags. And of course, the long range of the Law will offer some perimeter help, too. Another area in which Law's game adds help for the Jags is his hustle. Pelphrey pointed out the sophomore's ability to chase down loose basketballs as a big help. Hustle plays don't show up on the state sheet, but they score big with coaches -- and sometimes are the determining factor in winning or losing a game. "It was good to get our first win at home. Maybe now we'll get something started," Law said. Sunday's game may also have signaled the start of Richard Law as a key player in South Alabama's plans. (Tommy Hicks' column appears every Monday and Friday in the Mobile Register. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-219-5685.) Copyright 2003 al.com. All Rights Reserved.