Panthers Close Out Thanksgiving Hoopfest With A Victory

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Panthers defeat the Prestonwood Christian Lions 58-48

Facing one of the top recruits in the nation, Duncanville knew it was facing tough competition with the Prestonwood Christian Lions. The 6’8” Senior Julius Randle, ranked #4 in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100, would be leading the Lions and doing so without 6’7” Sophomore Mickey Mitchell. Mitchell was lost to an ACL injury while playing quarterback for the Prestonwood Christian football team.

Duncanville came into the night ranked #3 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 5A rankings and Prestonwood entered as the #1 team in the Large Private School rankings.

Randle made his bid to dominate the game with two thunderous blocks, and knocking down a 3-pointer in the first period. Not to be out done, Omar Sherman, Duncanville Junior, pulled down five rebounds, blocked a shot, and hit two field goals. However, Duncanville trailed 10-13 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Randle came out strong, contributing seven points, until he went down with what appeared to be a foot injury with 3:35 remaining in the period. When Randle left the Lions held an 18-25 lead. Duncanville tried to close the gap, but was still trailing 23-25 at the half.

Randle did not enter the game again in the second half, and Duncanville tried to put the Lions away, but Lions Marquan Botley poured in 8 points in the third and another 8 in the fourth to try to keep them in the game. Botley’s efforts and a lack of Duncanville scoring game the Lions a 38-35 lead going into the fourth period. Jerami Grace put in 6 points for the Panthers in the third to lead Duncanville scorers.

Duncanville did take the lead briefly halfway through the third, but Prestonwood Christian was able to fight their way back to lead going into the fourth.

In the fourth, Duncanville stepped up their defensive efforts and showed depth from the bench to take over the game. Duncanville held Prestonwood to only 10 points in the quarter, while pouring in 23 of their own.

Once Duncanville did take the lead with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter they would never relinquish it again and dribbled out the last-minute of the game to secure the victory.

Grace led Duncanville scorers with 19 points, including 6 points in the fourth. Also topping the scoring charts for Duncanville was Sherman with 12, and Matthew McQuaid with 10 points. McQuaid knocked down two crucial 3-pointers to keep the momentum going Duncanville’s way.

Leading Prestonwood was Botley with 24 points, and Randle, who only played one and a half quarters, had 10 points. Evan Peters added 9 points for the Prestonwood Christian Lions.

Next up for the Panthers is a home game against Mesquite on Tuesday, November 27, at 7:30pm, before going to Mansfield to play in the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Classic November 29-December 1.

Team 1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q Final
Duncanville 10 13 12 23 58
Prestonwood Christian 13 12 13 10 48

Individual Stats


Devontae Bailey
2 7 5 6
Matthew McQuaid
1 3 10
Dominique Thomas
Chris Smith
Renard Green
1 1 2 7
Desmond Woods
Jerami Grace
3 4 2 19
DJ Wallace
2 1 4
Omar Sherman
4 9 2 12
Nasser Issa
Zachary Red
  16 27 9 3 58


1 Christian Davis
2 Marquan Botley 4 3 24
3 Daniel Tate
4 Jacob Mathes 1
5 Evan Peters 5 2 9
10 Chas Taylor 2 1
11 Buddy Kennedy 4
15 Shane Missimo 2 4 1
20 Justin Smith
23 D.J. McGee 2 2 5
30 Julius Randle 1 1 2 2 10
  19 14 4 2 48