Mayde Creek’s best ever season ends in regional quarterfinals

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/2/22

“Words can’t explain how proud I am of these guys,” Fobb said. “They did everything we asked them to do as a coaching staff. From the hard grind, to practicing six days a week, lifting three or four days a week. They did everything we asked them to do all season.”

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Mayde Creek’s best ever season ends in regional quarterfinals

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Mayde Creek made history this year.

The Rams made it to the playoff for the fourth straight year.

They beat a favored opponent in the first round, becoming just the fourth team in school history to win a playoff game.

Then they did what no other Mayde Creek team did before, winning in the area round.

The Rams weren’t done, they wanted more, they wanted to be the first team in school history to make it to the regional tournament, they wanted to win a game at the Merrell Center in front of their home crowd.

But sometimes, the ball doesn’t bounce your way, sometimes, shots that are made 75% of the time rim out, sometimes, it’s just not your day as a team.

Tuesday was one of those days for Mayde Creek, as the Rams fell 49-42 to Fort Bend Clements, bringing the teams record setting season to a close in the regional quarterfinal round.

“This hurts because these guys wanted it so bad,” said Mayde Creek head coach Anthony Fobb. “They were locked in, they were prepared, they did the right things. I just felt at time in the game, we lost our way a little bit. We were stagnant at times, shots that we normally make didn’t go in and Clements made us pay for it.”

The Rams jumped ahead early on, behind three 3-pointers from the team in the first quarter Mayde Creek took a 15-12 lead heading into the second.

It was back and forth all night, but the Rams held steady and answered every Clements run with a run of their own as Mayde Creek still held a 25-22 lead heading into halftime.

Angel Sonnier led the Rams with 11 points in the first half while senior guard Larison Lamette scored four points in the half.

“This team, this year meant a lot to me,” LaMette said. “Coach Fobb really gave me a chance and I can’t say how much I appreciate him for that. This team, it was everything I could have hoped for.”

Clements started to wear down the Rams in the third and eventually the Rangers took a one-point lead heading into the final quarter of play. The game continued to go back and forth and Clements led by just one point with 55 seconds to go, but the Rangers were able to hit their free throws and hold Mayde Creek from scoring to secure the win.

“Words can’t explain how proud I am of these guys,” Fobb said. “They did everything we asked them to do as a coaching staff. From the hard grind, to practicing six days a week, lifting three or four days a week. They did everything we asked them to do all season.”

Mayde Creek will graduate five seniors from the team this year, but what they helped build will remain with the program.

“This senior group was amazing,” Fobb said. “All of them are A-B honor roll students, all of them gave us their all. The three seniors that play the most, Larison, Landon (Bean) and Logan (Grassau) they’re the catalysts of this team. They came in everyday, worked hard and they wanted this. It’s hurting that they couldn’t get on to the next round.”

Even with the loss, the Rams will return a very strong core, and LaMette is confident that the program will continue to build and get better just like it has done his entire high school career.

“I don’t think we could have done any more than we did,” LaMette said. “It’s a good stepping-stone for everyone. We tried to elevate the school and made it a better place for all of the students. Now the younger guys, they just have to keep working, keep preparing in the offseason, stay focused, have fun and stay positive.”

Class 6A Regional Quarterfinal

Fort Bend Clements 49, Mayde Creek 42

Points: (MC) Angel Sonnier 15, Jamal Chretian II 7, Christian Jones 6, Larison LaMette 6, Logan Grassau 3, Caleb Davis 3, Landon Bean 2; (C) Divine Ugochukwu 24, Abdullah Olajuwon 16, Bryce Matthews 5, Jaden Campbell 4

Halftime: Mayde Creek 25-22; 3-Pointers: (MC) Sonnier 2, Jones, LaMette, Chretien II, Ugochukwu 2; Records: Mayde Creek 25-11; Clements 28-9

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