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Boys Basketball, Game Article | January 11, 2013

Hawks Defensive Slump Halts Comeback in Loss to Texans, 66-55

Canyon Lake had a lead throughout the first quarter which looked like their best stanza for this year, but by the second half the Hawks got behind and could not catch up,  losing a hard fought battle with Wimberley, 66-55.

The Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead and even increased that margin to nine points but Wimberley finally warmed up and held a 35-33 lead going into the dressing room.

CL had their last lead in the third quarter after Andrew Riali had a put back off a miss as the Hawks led 38-37.

Paul Davis made two of his 22 points a minute later bringing Canyon Lake back to within one,  a 40-41 game but that would be the last time CL would smell a chance for a lead.

Wimberley finished the quarter outscoring the Hawks, 12-5 and an eight point lead going into a wild fourth quarter.

Nine of Wimberley’s 13 points were from the charity stripe in that last quarter as Canyon Lake was needing to foul and hopes for a miss and a chance to get back into contention.

Canyon Lake did bring out their press in that fourth quarter, but it might have been too late to help in the end.

“In hindsight we might have done better putting our press on earlier in that quarter,” Head Coach Lucas Chapman said. “Wimberley did a good job of mixing up their defense but our biggest thing will be to watch film and see if we can get our defense and rebounding back.”

That might have been the key that kept CL out of contention as this game matured through the fourth quarter.

The Hawks only had four defensive rebounds in that final quarter with several lost rebounds on missed Texan free throws.

Caleb Kreiger collected a double/double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Riali also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Hawks.

CL’s most dominant offensive player was Senior Guard Paul Davis who finished with an impressive 22 points.

Davis did spark Canyon Lake with one of his best games of his career. The Senior guard scored 22 points and every aspect of Davis’ game was at his best, shooting 60% from the floor, 50% from behind the arc, and 70% from the foul line.

One of Davis’ three pointers was off the back board, “On how it (the ball) was going after I shot, I knew it was going to be strong,” Davis surmised. “I knew a back board was going to happen.”

“I had a feeling before this game that I was going to be on…beating Wimberley is one of the best teams in our District,” Davis continued.

Canyon Lake’s defensive game was not at its best during those two middle quarters.

“You’ve got to stay focused and every possession will be critical. We felt a sense of panic as they made their run, but we kept playing hard and had another run, but our defense just slumped at the end.”

That slump did not allow the Hawks to sustain a long enough run to close that gap which increased the margin of this loss for that ending score.

              1   2   3   4   Final
Wimberley    14  21  18  13   66
Canyon Lake  17  16  12  10   55
                          3pt           Pt  Rebounds
Name            fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta Tot or-dr Tot a s b to
Andrew Riali      2-9     1-6     1-2    6   4-6  10  1 0 0 1
Chandler Faulkner 2-3     0-0     0-0    4   1-1   2  0 0 0 0
Thomas McIntire   1-3     0-1     0-0    2   1-0   1  0 0 0 0
Paul Davis        6-10    3-6     7-10  22   2-2   4  0 1 0 5
Doug Hubnik       1-7     0-4     1-2    3   1-2   3  5 2 0 6
Spencer Wellings  0-0     0-0     0-0    0   0-1   1  0 0 0 0
Caleb Kreiger     5-13    1-1     4-4   15   5-5  10  0 1 4 3
Javier Mendez     1-3     0-0     1-2    3   0-2   2  0 3 0 3
Luke Curry        0-0     0-0     0-0    0   0-0   0  0 0 0 0
Isaac Pruna       0-0     0-0     0-0    0   0-0   0  0 0 0 1
Totals           18-48    5-18   14-20  55  14-19 33  6 7 4 19
Percentage       37.5%   27.8    70.0%
Quarter    First      Second      Half   Third      Fourth      Half   Game
FG.........6-14 43%   4-12  33%   37%    5-9  56%   3-13  23%   32%    38%
3 Point FG 3-7  43%   1-3   33%   40%    0-1  00%   1-7   14%   14%    28%
FT........ 2-2 100%   7-11  64%   69%    2-2 100%   3-5   60%   71%    70%
TO........ 4          3           7      7          5           12     19