Longhorns get past Clements

George Ranch senior guard Ori Limerick tries to get past a Clements defender in Friday’s game at Clements High School.

The George Ranch boys’ basketball team is riding two kinds of rollercoasters right now. Not only are the Longhorns going through the ups and downs of the early part of the regular season, but also with dealing with COVID-19.

George Ranch has remained healthy from the coronavirus even though an outbreak cost the football team a playoff game last week. But the basketball team has been able to hit the court the last week and get mixed results.

The Longhorns got a its first win in District 20-6A on Friday night with a win at Clements, but came up short at home on Monday against Klein Cain.

Against Clements, George Ranch played tough defense in the first half and got timely buckets from senior guard Jullian Camper in a 47-39 win. Camper scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Longhorns withstand a late rally by the Rangers.

“We started off very consistent, then in the second half, we lost focus with some turnovers that were out of character,” George Ranch head coach Brian Henry said. “We had to settle down, refocus and get back to what we’re used to doing and execute.”

George Ranch jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter, but Clements came back in the second half, cutting the Longhorn lead to only three points early in the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Stephen Woods, who returned to the team after playing football, led the team with 15 points, including two three-pointers and three steals. Senior forward Eseosa Irowa had 10 points and eight rebounds.

“(Stephen) has been on varsity for three years, so that leadership and his ability helps give the other guys extra energy, and he plays both sides of the floor real hard,” Henry said.

The win puts the Longhorns at 1-1 in district play.

But on Monday, George Ranch came just short in getting more momentum going into the Christmas break with a 54-53 loss to Klein Cain in a physical game.

Woods led the team with 17 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Ori Limbrick had 12 points and two assists. Camper added six points with five assists and three steals.

George Ranch, now 3-4 on the season, will look to bounce back next Tuesday with a road game at Cypress Lakes before resuming district play at Fort Bend Austin next Saturday.

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