Deer posts Darian Banks (53) and Kevin Layton (33) go up for a rebound in Tuesday's 75-70 OT loss at Clear Lake. The Deer look to turn their rough start around this weekend at the Lee College Tournament in Baytown. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Deer Park head basketball coach Louie Means has said his team has worked hard on putting everything together. On a night when he said everything was clicking, the Deer suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime at Clear Lake, 75-70.
"That's was another one of those great Clear Lake-Deer Park games," he said. "Our guys played a tough, gutsy game and so did they."
Means said the team can draw a lot from the experience of playing an overtime game against a tough area rival in a hostile environment.
"When we get to district, there's always a game or two in there that comes all the way down to the wire and gets really exciting. We can learn from what happened [Tuesday night]."
Darian Banks contributed his third-straight double-double with a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two blocks on the night.
"Darian is a gifted athlete," Means said. "He's coachable and a good team player. So long as he stays healthy, we're expecting him to be a big contributor this year."
Senior guard Daniel Gallegos chipped in with 16 points, Kevin Layton had 11 rebounds while Thomas Walkup had nine assists and two steals.
Despite the loss, Means said the team's attitude is zeroing in on where it needs to be. There was more camaraderie on the bench and intensity on the court.
Finally on the court after nearly three weeks, the Deer Park Lady Deer basketball team dropped a pre-district game to Clear Springs 60-40.
In front of a home crowd, the Deer trailed 27-22 at halftime, but a 23-5 third period run by the Chargers put the game out of reach. The loss dropped Deer Park's record to 1-7. Hayle Lovell and Ashley De La Cruz led the team with seven points each. The trio of Katie Sweeny Mercedes Santana and Tabitha Hawthorne each had six points.
"It's hard to stomach all the losses, but there are some positives to take from them," said head coach Teresa White. "We're a young team and we're still learning each other."
White courts a team that has five returning players and only two starters. In what she calls a growing process, the team is making strides in maturity.
"They are learning to trust each other on the court. There's been a lot of times where we press and then panic. With time they will trust each other and the system."
Depite a 1-5 start to open the 2009-10 campaign bright spots have come in the form of Chase Hallene who had 12 points and seven assists in a 66-59 loss to Clear Brook. The Deer will try to get on track when they play Clear Lake tomorrow night. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Friday's wintry weather played havoc on area tournament schedules, changing the Clear Creek ISD men's basketball tournament into an opportunity to get a couple of games on the court. Although Deer Park lost both games, head coach Louie Means is making no excuses about the 1-5 start.
"Our guys are a little down right now, but I tell them that as long as they are breathing, we've got a chance to turn it around," he said. "If we were 1-5 in district, I'd be panicking. I said we had until January 5 [when district starts], but we still need to turn this around."
Means said the changes could come in the rotation of personnel as well as offensive and defensive philosophies.
"We've got a long ways to go, but we're showing some improvement," he said. "We've played well in spurts and then we turn around and give up easy baskets."
The Deer were to have played Crenshaw High School out of Los Angeles in the opening round of the CCISD tournament last weekend. However, the team no-showed and another opponent could not be found. With most school districts altering or canceling their Friday schedules, participating teams ventured to Clear Creek to play in a classic, non-bracketed style weekend.
Over the weekend, the Deer fell to Clear Brook 66-59. The Deer cut a 10-point halftime deficit to five entering the fourth quarter. However, a 9-28 night from the free throw line proved to be part of the difference.
Darian Banks, 2008-09 District 22-5A New Comer of the Year is one of several upperclassment head coach Louie Means is depending on for leadership on his young Deer Park squad. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Friday's snow and a no-show basketball team left the Deer Park High School men's basketball team with scheduling questions heading into this weekend's pre-district tournament action.
While most of the community enjoyed the snow, head coach Louie Means sees lost opportunities for his young basketball team to gel on the court.
"The guys are anxious. They'd rather play in a game than be stuck practicing," he said, as he waited to hear when Deer Park's tournament game against Clear Brook would be rescheduled. "We couldn't help the no-show and we can't change the weather."
The Deer were to play a high school team from Los Angeles Thursday night, but the team no-showed the tournament. Tournament organizers scrambled to find a replacement opponent for the Deer, but were unable to do so, making Deer Park winners via forfeit. Tonight's game is postponed to tomorrow because of the weather.
The Deer Park football team stands for the school song following their 29-7 playoff loss against Beaumont West Brook Saturday. Photo by Cheryl Kennedy.
Deer Park football head coach Chris Massey knew Beaumont West Brook would pose problems with its speed and athleticism. But for most of Saturday's 29-7 5A bi-district playoff loss in Baytown, the Deer weathered the Bruins' storm. However, two late West Brook touchdowns turned a close game into a lop-sided defeat as Deer Park's football season came to a close.