• Keith Hjelle

Panorama Second Half Surge Sinks Charger Boys, 62-48

There has been an age old debate among basketball fans and coaches about which is better--height or quickness. Some would argue the height is better because the players are playing with a goal that is ten feet high. Others contend that quickness trumps height because a quick player can get around a taller, slower player. Of course the ideal is for a team to have both characteristics--height and quickness.

Last night's ACGC vs. Panorama boys' game would seem to slant the argument in favor of the quickness faction, as the Panthers broke open a close game in the second half with combination of driving layups and three point shooting to prevail over the ACGC Charges, 62-48. With only one starter over six feet, the Panthers used a dribble, drive offense along with two treys to change a two point halftime deficit of 31-29 to a 45-36 advantage after three quarters. The Panthers continued to use their quickness to their advantage during the fourth stanza as well and left town with a 62-48 victory.

The game was considered to be an even match by local prognosticators, as each team came into the game with just one win to their credit. ACGC played well in the first half, especially in the first quarter when they hit eight of sixteen field goal attempts to forge a 21-14 lead. The good shooting continued into the second quarter as the Chargers went four of eight from the field to hold a 31-29 lead at the halftime break. Quentin Younker scored twelve points in the half and Noah Sargent had eight at the intermission.

But the third quarter was a rough one for the local boys as they were limited to five points while the Panthers netted sixteen to take a 45-36 advantage after three quarters. Panorama continued to attack the basket, drawing numerous fouls on the Chargers and converting on eight of nine free throws in the final stanza.

Younker had a double double last night as he led the Chargers in scoring with 15 points, (only three after the halftime break) and twelve rebounds. Bryce Litter also hit double figures with 14. Sargent finished with eight, all in the first half. No one hd more than two assists and information about steals was unavailable. ACGC shot 39% from the floor on 18 makes out of 46 tries. The team made 6 of 21 three point tries and was 6 of 11 from the free throw line. Panorama shot 25 free throws, most as a result of being fouled while driving tho the basket.

The loss gives the Chargers a 1-5 (0-4 WCAC), while Panorama improves to 1-5. The Chargers next action is on Monday at Stuart to face West Central Valley.

Score by quarters:

Pan 14 15 16 17--62

ACGC 21 10 5 12--48


EKakding 1-4 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2

Sargent 3-5 2-2 0-0 1-1 1 8

Nelson 1-3 0-2 1-1 1-2 2 3

Marsh 1-4 1-4 0-0 1-0 0 3

MKading 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0

Byars 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 2

Pauley 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0

Littler 6-19 1-7 1-4 3-6 2 14

Younker 6-10 2-3 1-2 5-7 1 15

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