Carthage, Texas ? The Panola College men?s basketball team defeated Bossier Parish Community College in overtime here Saturday evening, 95-85. The win propels the Ponies record to 16-7 and 8-4 in Region 14 play. ?Two teams just left it all out on the floor this evening.? Stated Head Coach Grant McMillan. ?We found a way to win a close ball game.? He added.
In a high scoring first half, neither team could pull away from each other which led to a 44 all halftime score. It was much of the same in the second half as neither team had a lead bigger than six points in entire frame. Down by two with 29 seconds remaining in the ball game, Devyn Wilson was fouled and proceed to make both his free throws to tie the ball game up at 82 each. Bossier Parish held the ball for the last shot but failed to get an attempt off. Overtime was all Panola. KJ Byers netted two three pointers and scored eight points in the extra frame.
Byers was high point man for the evening scoring 25. Devyn Wilson and Tope Arikawe continued their impressive sophomore campaign adding 15 points each. Keith Hayes added 11 and Marlon Taylor chipped in 10 points. Eric McGill recorded 10 assists. As a team, Panola shot 75 percent from the free throw line and forced 20 Bossier Parish turnovers.
The Panola men continue Region 14 play when they head to Paris this upcoming Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.