Carthage, Texas ? The Panola College men?s basketball team defeated LSU-Alexandria JV here Monday Night, 70-55. With the victory, Panola raises their record to 6-2. ?Our second half we played Panola basketball.? Stated Head Coach Grant McMillan. ?The way we started the game, and really the whole first half, will not get it done in this league or this upcoming tournament.? He added.
A lackluster first half saw the Ponies commit 13 turnovers and shoot 7 for 14 from the free throw line. LSUA chipped away all first half and led at the break, 32-20. Panola went on a 21 to 8 run to start the second half to take a 41-40 lead. They never relinquished the lead the rest of the game. Fast paced offense saw the Ponies score 50 points in the second half.
Four players scored in double figures and were led by Devyn Wilson who netted 12 points. Marlon Taylor, Tope Arikawe, and Tyonte Robertson all added 11 points, respectively. Keondre? Byers chased down eight rebounds and swatted three shots. As a team, the Ponies recorded 48 rebounds and eight blocks.
Panola will take part in the Guy Davis Thanksgiving Classic this upcoming Friday and Saturday. They take on ninth ranked Odessa College at 5:00 PM on the campus of Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas. Saturday?s opponent is Southwestern Christian, tip-off is set for 2:00 PM at the same location.