The Duncanville Panthers 2016-2017 season came to a close with a 63-56 loss to Killeen Ellison in the 6A regional quarterfinals at Waco High School on Tuesday night.
Couple the fact that the Panther offense could never get on track and the lack of a third official, Duncanville fell behind early and, despite a valiant effort, they could not climb out of the hole.
The lack of a third official played a large part in the aggressive play and spotty foul calls as both teams played with quickness and athleticism that made it difficult for the officiating crew to keep up with the game. This led to inconsistent foul calls on both ends of the court and frustration on both teams, and in the bleachers.
Falling behind early in the first, Duncanville managed to claw back to within four before the end of the period, 12-16.
Ellison went on a 10-1 run in the first five minutes of the second period, and closed out on a 14-4 run for the period to take a 32-16 lead into the half.
The Panthers started off strong in the third, going on a 8-3 run to start the period, and pulled back to within five points by the end of the quarter.
But, the Eagles were too strong in the final quarter and kept Duncanville from completing the comeback, matching the Panthers scoring to take the 63-56 win.
Duncanville finished in second place behind Cedar Hill and with a 26-9 season record.