If Van Horn boys basketball head coach Mickey Murray comes up with a few gray hairs before the end of the season, the Falcons’ third quarter play this season will probably be the culprit.

If Van Horn boys basketball head coach Mickey Murray comes up with a few gray hairs before the end of the season, the Falcons’ third quarter play this season will probably be the culprit.

Trailing 33-31 at halftime, the Falcons were outscored 10-6 in the third quarter and suffered a 58-51 loss to Crest Ridge of Centerview on Thursday in the consolation bracket of the Clinton Tournament.

“We had another bad third quarter,” Murray said of what has become a reoccurring theme for his 1-10 ballclub. “That seems to be where we struggle. We cut it down to two points and then we kind of fell apart in the third. We can’t seem to figure it out.”

The Falcons were led by Tavita Lole, who scored 14 points, and P.J. Faitau Oberg, who chipped in 13. Van Horn will take on California at 5 p.m. tonight in the seventh-place game.

Jordan Erisman led Crest Ridge with 21 points.

RUSKIN GIRLS 51, VAN HORN 37: A slow start cost the shorthanded Van Horn girls basketball team Thursday.

The Falcons, still playing without injured standout guard Rebecca Robins, fell behind 18-4 after one quarter in a home loss to Ruskin, but nearly played the Eagles even after that.

“We’re still improving,” Van Horn co-head coach Anne Rice said. “The girls stepped it up in the second half. We’re looking for improvement and passion, and we saw that tonight.”

Brittney Tyson and Shelby West each scored 10 points to lead the Falcons (2-14).