It was a key game for the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots and a statement opportunity for visiting Crosby Friday night.
Consider the visiting Cougars voice heard loud and clear.
Crosby remained unbeaten in District 22-5A with a dominant fourth quarter, pulling away from a 45-44 edge after 24 minutes to roll on to a 66-55 victory and season sweep of the host Patriots.
Crosby (21-8, 9-0) was led by Sean Haggerty’s 28 points and the 17 and 13-point efforts by Jaylen Herman and Deniquez Dunn.
As for GCM (16-13, 4-5), Sam Bradford paved the way with 20 points while Dariyus Woodson added 17 points.
“It’s huge because we are trying to build on something special,” Crosby head coach Edwin Egans said. “Each day, practice and game is a test. To win on the road against a talented team and a hostile environment helps us toward reaching our goal.
“We always understood composure. We knew coming to GCM, they were going to play off emotion and not
everything was going to go our way. It was always going to be four quarters, one quarter as a time.”
Egans was impressed with his young team’s ability to understand the moment and not panic during runs of play that went GCM’s way.
“We understood, move on to the next play,” Egans said. “They did an excellent job of that. Especially on the road. A lot of these guys were sophomores on varsity, so even though they are young, they played.”
Egans said their close-knit unity off the court has led to Crosby’s success so far this season.
“I am just trying to right the ship and keep them focused and grinding every day,” Egans said.
GCM and Crosby played with an extra verve as the two teams have a lot of players very familiar with one another on both sides.
That doesn’t help the Patriots who now have to go at least 3-2 these next few weeks to give themselves a shot at the playoffs.
“It would have been great to win, and help our cause, but we are still in position that if we take care of business against the teams below us and sneak one against Texas City or Galveston Ball and knock off Friendswood the last game, we can still get in,” GCM head coach Marcus Ebow said. “It came down to the fourth quarter and making winning plays. They did a great job stepping up and making big plays in the critical moments of the game. They have some really good guards.”
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Jeremy Benson scored 21 points and Ashton Williams added seven points for the defeated Rangers who were shorthanded in a home loss.
“It was a very hard fought game from start to finish,”
RSS head coach Greg Smith said. “It was extremely sloppy early in the game for us, going into the half down 19. We played even with them in the third and clawed our way back to bring it to within 10 late in the game.”
Sterling is now 10-17 overall and 1-8 in District 21-6A action.
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The home loss sent the Ganders to 1-8 in District 22-5A play.