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There was much hype surrounding Friday night’s game between the North Lamar Panthers and the Pleasant Grove Hawks. The Hawks came into the contest against North Lamar number one in the district. Not only did they bring a first place record, they also brought 6’-8” Senor Dustin Thomas. Thomas has already committed to play for the University of Colorado.
It wasn’t Thomas, though, that the Panthers would need to concern themselves on this night. Cory Meñah came out on fire for the Hawks, scoring the first 13 points of the game. The Panthers found themselves down 13 – 3 and all momentum was in Pleasant Grove’s favor when an intentional foul sparked the Panthers. Ian Dukleth stole the ball for the Panthers and was headed in for a Panther layup. However, a Pleasant Grove player intentionally fouled Ian, sending him hard to the ground. The two teams had to be separated and both benches held back, as to avoid technical fouls for leaving the bench.
After order was restored and the game resumed, the Panthers showed a new level of intensity. By the end of the first quarter, the lead was cut down to 16-9. North Lamar picked up the defensive intensity in the second quarter as they held Pleasant Grove to two points. Dukleth made a field goal in the final minute that put the Panthers up 20 – 18 and the gymnasium erupted. The crowd cheered even louder when a few seconds later, Ian made a layup as the buzzer sounded ending the first half.
The third quarter picked up where the second quarter ended. North Lamar started the quarter on a 16 – 4 run as they took a commanding 38 – 22 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
North Lamar took a 15 point lead into the fourth quarter at 45 – 30. Again, the Panthers would clamp down defensively as they went on a 16 – 3 run to start the fourth quarter. In the midst of the run, the defense was aided by three charges taken by the Panthers. Ian Dukleth took two and Ryan Robinson stepped in for the other. After the game, coach Garner talked about the little things that helped win the game.; from rebounding, to taking charges, to diving for loose balls.
The final two minutes would see the Hawks score 15 points but the damage had already been done. The Panthers walked out of the gym with a 61 – 48 victory over the first place team.
North Lamar was led by Ian Dukleth with 24 points. Adrian Ellis had 17, Ryan Robinson 7, Austin Anthony 6, Darius Johnson 4, Devin McDonald 3.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
North Lamar 9 13 23 16 61
Pleasant Grove 16 2 12 18 48
Next, the North Lamar Panthers will play Pittsburg Tuesday night at home. Be sure to follow eParis on Twitter (@eParisExtra) and on Facebook here for all the North Lamar action.
by Greg Higgins