Duncanville Boys Drop Two Straight – Panthers Drop in District Standings

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Altercation following DeSoto game may impact playoffs

Duncanville – The Panthers have dropped two straight as District 7-6A winds down regular season play. Duncanville fell to South Grand Prairie 77-69 and DeSoto 67-46. Duncanville entered the week ranked #7 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 6A poll, while DeSoto was ranked #6 and South Grand Prairie was #21.

The game against DeSoto will lead to repercussions for both teams as a fight broke out after the game between the teams that has district leadership reviewing possible suspensions and DeSoto voluntarily forfeiting their last two regular season games. While both teams will qualify for the playoffs, individual suspensions and UIL action could impact both moving forward.

Against SGP, the Panthers found themselves in a hole from the opening quarter, trailing by 6 points after the first, and never were able to climb out. Ultimately dropping the game to the Warriors and suffering their first district loss, 77-69.

In the losing effort Duncanville’s Cameron Massey led all scorers with 25 points, while Jakobi Pearson scored 14 points as the only other double-digit scorer.

For SGP, Bryce Cook scored 19 points, Terrance Scott and Karlyn Kenner scored 16 points each, and Kelyn Pennie scored 13 points to round out double-digit scoring for the Warriors.

Against DeSoto the Panthers started out strong, but could not hold on as the Eagles came back from a 4 point deficit in the first to dominate the rest of the game and take the 67-46 win.

Desoto’s LaVontae Shenault led the Eagles scorers with 16 points, while Feron Hunt with 13 onts, Duncan Powell with 12 points and Jarius Hickeln with 10 points were the double-digit scorers.

The Panther’s Jordan Masenburge scored 12 points, Massey and Steven Quinn scored 11 points each in the loss.

As both teams were going through the line shaking hands after the game, which saw plenty of tension between the teams, a scuffle broke out that saw fans and adults come out of the stand and on the court as the coaches and adults tried to restore order and separate the teams.

Wednesday night saw some of the disciplinary action handed out that the players and fans had feared from the actions of the players.

DeSoto ISD Director of Communications Tiffanie Blackmon-Jones said that in addition to the forfeiture of the last two games of the Eagles’ regular season, the district will issue game suspensions for those involved in the incident. No word yet from the district on how many games those players will be suspended. It was announced that one player has been suspended indefinitely from the program.

The forfeiture comes on the heels of the Desoto win and taking sole possession of first place in district 7-6A.

Duncanville ISD External Communications Manager Lari Barager said the school district cannot discuss any disciplinary action and that information would have to come from the UIL. However, Duncanville ISD is still looking into the incident and will decide any possible disciplinary action and make that report, along with DeSoto ISD’s recommendation, to the UIL and the UIL State Executive Committee.

According to the Star-Telegram, the UIL released the following statement after the fight and their upcoming review.

“The UIL is aware of the altercation between the Duncanville and DeSoto boys basketball teams on Tuesday, Feb. 6. We take these matters extremely seriously and the UIL State Executive Committee will evaluate this incident for potential penalties in addition to any action taken by the schools and district executive committee. The SEC will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13.”

The Duncanville ISD released the following statement about the incident.

“We do not condone the actions of the young men involved in the altercation after last night’s basketball game.

Duncanville ISD school administrators are working closely with DeSoto ISD to review what happened. The review process will identify who was involved and determine appropriate discipline. Once final, the results will be reported to the UIL.

Working together with DeSoto ISD, we are also taking steps to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.”

The DeSoto ISD also released a statement about the altercation.

“DeSoto ISD does not condone the actions of the young men involved in the altercation that took place at last night’s basketball game at Duncanville High School.

Following district administration’s review of the incident, the varsity boys’ basketball team will forfeit the season’s last two regular games.

In addition the forfeiting those games, the district will issue game suspensions for those involved in the incident. As an additional measure, at least one student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the program.

Regardless of which team may have initiated the altercation, DeSoto ISD makes clear that it does not condone the behavior that took place at last night’s game. In all situations, DeSoto ISD maintains an expectation of high character for all district students.”

It has been reported that seniors from both teams will meet Thursday to amicably resolve their issues.

Barring action to the contrary by the UIL, both teams should make the playoffs, even after any forfeitures and suspensions. The Eagles had games against Irving Nimitz and South Grand Prairie remaining, while Duncanville has games against Irving MacArthur and Grand Prairie.

Boy’s District 7-6A

Team Season   District    
  W L T W L T Streak Differential
DeSoto 23 6 0 11 1 0 W7 +434
Duncanville 25 6 0 10 2 0 L2 +379
South Grand Prairie 22 8 0 9 3 0 W5 +323
Cedar Hill 8 13 0 5 5 0 L3 -62
Irving 9 15 0 4 8 0 W1 -265
Irving MacArthur 10 18 0 4 8 0 L1 -171
Grand Prairie 6 13 0 2 9 0 L3 -141
Irving Nimitz 4 14 0 1 10 0 L4 -200