Carthage, Texas ? The Panola College men?s basketball team defeated 12th ranked Trinity Valley Community College here Saturday afternoon, 94-87. Panola?s win streak has now reached six. The victory propels their record to 19-7 and 11-4 in Region 14 play. ?Our guys did a tremendous job executing the game plan.? Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. ?We battled all night and had multiple people step up.? He added.
Panola found themselves in control much of the first half as they held a 47-38 halftime lead. Trinity Valley gained some momentum in the second half as they tied the ball game up at 68 with just under 11:00 minutes remaining. A TJ Killings three pointer and Devyn Wilson netted 5 straight points to give the Ponies a 78-74 lead with less than 7:00 minutes to play. Trinity could not cut the lead to less than four points. Down the stretch both teams put on a free throw clinic but Panola would not give up any ground.
Leading the way for Panola was Devyn Wilson who scorched the nets for 34 points. Wilson made six three pointers and went 14-16 from the free throw line. Tope Arikawe chipped in with 13 points. Eric McGill and Keith Hayes both scored 11 points, respectively. As a team, Panola shot 45 percent from three and forced 15 Trinity Valley turnovers.
Panola continues Region 14 play when they head to Tyler, Texas to take on Tyler Junior College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM on the campus of TJC.