Going back into district action after the holiday break, the Duncanville Panthers dropped the first game against Cedar Hill 71-66, but came back to defeat Irving Nimitz 62-40, South Grand Prairie 69-59, and DeSoto 47-44. The DeSoto victory was the first time the Panthers have defeated the Eagles since 2012.
The Panthers pushed their season record to 17-5 and hold a district record of 4-1 to sit in second place in district 7-6A. Duncanville also found itself listed at the number 15 team in 6A according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) weekly poll. Also listed in the poll from 7-6A is Cedar Hill at #4 and South Grand Prairie at #24.
Duncanville 66 – Cedar Hill 71
In their first game back the Panthers found themselves up against district leader Cedar Hill.
The Panthers fell behind early and trailed 26-10 after the first quarter, but clawed their way back throughout the rest of the game to try and mount a comeback. Still trailing 56-45 going into the final period, Duncanville outscored Cedar Hill 21-15 in the fourth to fall just short of completing the comeback.
Senior guard Tyler Watkins with 18 points led the Panthers. Senior guard Dexter Johnson contributed 16 points, and senior guard Miles McDougal scored 15 points in the game.
Cedar Hill was led by Bruce Simmons with 17 points, Zachary Simmons with 16 points, and Jordan Phillips with 10 points.
Duncanville 62 – Irving Nimitz 40
Duncanville jumped out to and early lead and held off a second quarter burst by Nimitz to come away with the 62-40 win.
Junior guard Jakobi Pearson scored 18 points in victory, followed by McDougal with 11 points, and Johnson with 10 points.
Nimitz’s Destin Eke led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Angel Chavarria with 10 points.
Duncanville 69 – South Grand Prairie 59
SGP jumped out to a 2014 lead to start the game, but Duncanville tightened the defensive screws to hold the Warriors to only 4 points in the second period to take a 34-24 lead into the second half. SGP tried to mount a comeback, but Duncanville held on to the 10-point lead to come away with the 69-59 win.
Johnson led the Panthers, and all scorers with 21 points, Watkins came in with 16 points, McDougal with 14 points, and Pearson with 13 points, to give the Panthers four double-digit scorers in the contest.
Kelyn Pennie scored 14 points for the Warriors, followed by Bryce Cook with 13 points, and Zarek Thomas with 10 points in the losing effort.
Duncanville 47 – DeSoto 44
The last time Duncanville downed DeSoto was the 2012 season (52-47), under coach Eric McDade, in non-district action. The last time the Panthers defeated the Eagles in district play was the 2007-2008 season under coach Phil McNeely.
The Panthers jumped out to a 19-7 lead, held off an Eagle second quarter surge, as the game went into the half tied 22-22. Duncanville took the third quarter 14-8 and held on as DeSoto tried to comeback in the fourth to take the 47-44 victory.
Watkins (16 points) and Pearson (11 points) were the only Panthers in double-digits for the game.
DeSoto’s Brandon Butler led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Feron Hunt with 10 points.
The Panthers travel to Irving MacArthur for a 7:30 p.m. game tonight, and then host Grand Prairie on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandra Meadows Arena.
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