The Duncanville Panthers went down early to the MacArthur Cardinals, but didn’t let the game get out of hand. The Cardinals largest lead was at the 7:07 mark of the first period, going up 5-0, before the Panthers battled back to tie at 8-8 with just under six minutes left in the first. At the end of one the Panthers trailed 13-17. The Panthers managed to slightly close that gap to three points at the half, still trailing 29-32. The three-point shooting of the Cardinal’s Rod Soars, knocking down four from beyond the arc in the first half, kept Duncanville at bay.
The third quarter saw Soars go cold, just as Duncanville’s Miles McDougal got hot. McDougal scored 10 of his 24 points in the third, as the Panther defense held the Cardinals to only 11 points in the period. The Duncanville defense kept up the pressure in the final period, again holding Mac to only 11 points, as the Panther offense knocked down 16 points. Tyler Watkins went 4-6 from the line and had a bucket to help lead the Panthers to the 58-54 victory.
McDougal led all scorers with 24 points for the game, followed by Watkins’ 14 points, as the only double-digit scorers for Duncanville. Defensively McDougal had 6 rebounds and a steal, while Watkins and Dexter Johnson pulled down 4 boards each.
The Panther faced foul issues all night long with Dexter Johnson fouling out of the game late and Chris Davis finishing the game with 4 fouls.
MacArthur scoring was led by Xavious Booker’s 16 points, followed by Soars’ 14 points, and Kenvil McGinnis’ 10 points. The Cardinal defense was led by Robert Johnson with 4 rebounds, and McGinnis with 3 blocks.
The win keeps Duncanville (5-1) in second place in district 7-6A, behind Cedar Hill (6-0) and just ahead of South Grand Prairie (4-2) and DeSoto (4-2).
Next up for the Panthers is a home game against the Grand Prairie Gophers on Friday, followed by another home game next Tuesday against the Irving Tigers. The tip-off for both games is 7:30 p.m. at the Sandra Meadows Arena.
The latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches top 25 poll has Duncanville at the #15 team in Texas UIL 6A, with Cedar Hill listed at the #4 team in the state. South Grand Prairie is listed at #24 in that same poll.
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