Falcons off to dominant start in non-district play
The Hargrave Falcons earned their fourth double-digit victory after only their fifth game of the season on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27.
The team beat the Madisonville Mustangs 86-49 at the Falcons Nest in Huffman.
The 37-point win is their second largest margin of victory this season (a 66-23 win over New Caney in the season opener on Nov. 13 is their largest). Their other victories have come by a margin of 14 points and 21 points.
Hargrave’s only loss was a 65-62 loss to College Station on Nov. 20 as the Falcons’ buzzer beating shot to tie the game missed.
Senior Darius Dugas said the team has shown a lot of initiative to start the season.
“A lot of hustle and heart,” he said. “There have been games where it’s been real hard, but we persevered and got through it.”
Several of Hargrave’s scoring possessions came in transition and lasted fewer than five seconds.
“Our transition game is really important,” said coach Scott Barrett. “We get a lot of pressure and then we play off it. I think we started to wear them down, and they were pretty tired there in the end of the fourth quarter. Our goal is to make it a high scoring game and wear the other team down.”
Dugas said those transition points are a result of running the right defense, which leads to people being wide open down the court, which happened multiple times, particularly in the fourth quarter.
He admitted his exhaustion after the game: “I’m very, very tired, but it’s all worth it. We’ve been preparing for this since the summer time, so we’re ready for it.”
Sophomore Jacob Harvey led the Falcons with 29 points in the win over the Mustangs, including four three-pointers, all of which were ‘nothing but net.’
Dugas had 19 points and led the Falcons with nine rebounds. Senior Gage Hulse had 17 points.
Freshman Luke Thomas came in the final minutes of the game and scored the final four Hargrave points of the game, draining two free throws and hitting a layup.
“The last game we played (the loss against College Station), Jacob Harvey made six threes (and finished with 24 points), and Gage Hulse made five threes (and finished with 27 points). We’ve got shooters, and those two have the green light anytime,” Barrett said.
Hargrave was outscoring Madisonville in the second quarter by more than 20 points, but, during a 30 second stretch at the very end of the first half, the Falcons turned the ball over three times, and the Mustangs scored eight points.
“We had kind of a little debacle there at the end,” said Barrett. “That’s how you end up losing important games.”
He was upset in the halftime locker room and gave the players “a little talking to.”
Hargrave outscored Madisonville by nine points each in the third and fourth quarters.
The Falcons have two more tournaments and several more pre-district games before beginning district play at Shepherd on Jan. 11.
“The key is our transition game,” said Barrett. “We worked on it all offseason. Our kids played a lot of games together this summer and are just putting it together now. We got the football players as well, and it’s going to be a learning curve for them for a while. Once we get them up to speed we’ll be alright.”
“The goal is to get ready for district play. We’re trying to make the game as fast as we can, and we’re doing a pretty good job of it.”