Panthers Take Home an Epic Win Against Arbor View in Overtime

by Kayla Faasse, Sports Editor

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On Tuesday, January 21st, the Panthers traveled to Arbor View to compete against the Aggies for another victory. The boys battled hard to come out on top with a final score of 74-72.

The first quarter began with the Aggies making a two-pointer, followed by Harlan Nichols scoring for the Panthers. Throughout the quarter, both teams kept the score at a tie.

With five nail biting seconds left in the first quarter, Ethan Marcus scored another two points breaking the tie for a lead of 17-15. This was Marcus’ first game back from a two and a half week break due to an injury.

“I couldn’t wait [to play again]. I play with some really great players, but they are even better teammates, and I was eager to help contribute to our team’s success. It felt great to be back out there and help get a big win,” Marcus said.

Jason Condron launched into the second quarter with a three-pointer adding to the lead of 20-15. The Panthers continued to fight strongly against the Aggies to enter halftime with a leading score of 35-31.

The Aggies started off the third quarter scoring two points again, but then Nichols scored two points of his own. The Panthers then kept the lead, ending the quarter with a score of 51-48.

Palo Verde stayed strong and fought hard to keep the ball on their side of the court. With one minute left in the fourth quarter, Kade Madsen scored a three-pointer ending regulation time with a tie of 68-68.

The teams went into overtime with confidence and their heads held high with an extra four minutes on the board.

“I was a little nervous since this was our first overtime game of the season, but I knew that we would pull through. My confidence along with the support of my teammates allowed me to feel better and get the job done in those exciting 4 minutes,” Nichols said.

Connor Peterson was quick to score the first two points, but the Aggies retaliated with two points of their own bringing the score back to a tie.

Then Marcus received his third personal foul of the game allowing the Aggies to score two free throws. Peterson evened up the score with a lay up.

With thirty seconds left, Condron scored  giving the Panthers two more points and a winning score of 74-72!

“It felt great [to score the final basket]. We really needed a basket at the time and I saw the opportunity so I took it. What was even better was our defense at the end. We didn’t allow them to get a shot off, which felt even better,” Condron said.

Come out and support the Panthers at their next home game on Wednesday, January 29th, against Faith Lutheran. The girls play at 5 pm and the boys at 6:30 pm.