Panthers Survive Scare by Skeeters

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The Mesquite Skeeters came into Sandra Meadows Arena and not only proved pesky, but nearly took a bite out of the Panthers undefeated season.

Mesquite used a fast-paced offense and pressure defense to put the Panthers on their heels. Couple that with lights out 3-point shooting, 27 of the Skeeters 51 points came from 3-point range, and the Panthers were scrambling all night.

At the end of the first quarter, the Panthers were trailing 24-9. “We started this game so not ready to play,” said Panther Coach Danny Henderson.

In the second quarter the Skeeters extended their lead to 18 points with 5:20 remaining in the period. Duncanville did manage to hustle back and only trail by 12 at the half.

As the third quarter got underway, Panther big man Omar Sherman went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. Sherman went to the locker room and came back with his knee on ice, but never reentered the game. The Panther defense did hold the Skeeters to single digit scoring, but the Panther offense only managed 10 points to trail 44-34 going into the final period of regulation.

In the fourth, Duncanville poured on the offense, with Matthew McQuaid hitting critical 3-pointers, and DJ Wallace hit 5 points, including the layup and free throw to tie the game at 51-51 with 2:59 remaining in the game. The defense of both teams went into high gear and shutdown their opponents to end regulation tied 51-51.

The overtime period was all Duncanville with Wallace, Jerami Grace, and Devontae Bailey scoring for the Panthers. Mesquites Javante Wilson scored the only point for the Skeeters in overtime to give the Panthers the 59-52 victory.

Team 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr OT Final
Duncanville 9 15 10 17 8 59
Mesquite 24 12 8 7 1 52

Individual Statistics

Duncanville

# Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
1 Devontae Bailey 1 3 1 12
3 Matthew McQuaid 1 1 7
4 Dominique Thomas 1
10 Chris Smith 1 1
11 Renard Green 3 3 9
12 Desmond Woods
14 Jerami Grace 1 3 1 1 10
21 DJ Wallace 2 4 4 15
24 Omar Sherman 3 1 2
30 Nasser Issa 1 4
32 Zachary Red
Total 14 11 7 5 59

Mesquite

# Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
1 Dameon Gamblin 2
2 Jamarquez Scott 1 2 1
3 Earon Johnson 2 3
4 Alex Cooper 4 2 1 11
5 Dejohn Shealy
12 Rudy Abrams
14 Tory Gamble
22 A.J. Johnson 1 9
23 Davion Keys 2 5 1 6
24 Christian Brow
32 Romella Williams 1
33 Rashard Higgins 1 11
34 Javante Wilson 3 7
40 Tre Galloway 1 5
42 Ben Hancock
Total 14 13 3 52