SGP Defeats Duncanville in OT, 62-61

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A clock controversy marred what might have been a Panther comeback from as far back as 11 points down in the third quarter.

The Panthers kept the game close with #5 ranked team in the Texas 5A basketball. Duncanville came into the game ranked at #21 in the state.


Coach Danny Henderson during a timeout. – photo

The first quarter saw SGP take a 9-6 lead, with Junior Omar Sherman accounting for all of Duncanville’s points for the quarter. Jerami Grace was kept silent the first quarter, but accounted for 4 points in the second, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors took a 24-19 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter Grace, who is averaging 15.1 points per game, started to get on track in the third quarter with 7 points, but again SGP outscored them and took a 10-point lead, 42-32, into the final period.

In the fourth quarter Grace really poured on the offense, scoring 11 points in the quarter. Duncanville battled and out-scored the Warriors by a 17-7 margin, leaving the score tied at 49-40 at the end of regulation.

In the four-minute overtime period, Duncanville took the lead for the first time in the game by scoring the first four points to go up 53-49. SGP sent the Panthers to foul line in an attempt to close the gap, and with 6.9 seconds remaining in the OT period they took a 62-61 lead.

This is where the clock controversy came into play. The Panthers have run an inbound play on several occasions this season, including their home game against Cedar Hill. With about the same amount of time Grace took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for a one-handed jam.


DHS Panthers showing some Panther spirit – photo

This time the play called for the pass to be thrown across the court, while still out-of-bounds, to be then thrown inbounds. According to the rules of basketball, the clock does not start until the ball is touched inbounds. The problem is, the clock started when the original cross-court pass, out-of-bounds, was made. As Grace drove down the court and into the lane, the buzzer sounded to end the game. The clock error had run almost 4 seconds off the clock.

When Duncanville Coach Danny Henderson brought the matter to the officials attention the group huddled for a discussion and talked with the clock operator but signaled the end of the game.

Duncanville had dominated the boards in recent games, but struggled on the glass against DeSoto and somewhat against South Grand Prairie. Against SGP the Panthers lost the rebound battle 26-23.

The Panther loss puts them in a tie with Cedar Hill for third place in district 7-5A, with both teams holding a two-game lead over fifth place Mansfield Timberview.

The Panthers finish up the regular season against Mansfield Timberview in a 7:30PM home game on Tuesday.


Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Isiah Caldwell 3 1 1 2
Matthew McQuaid 2 6 2
Dominique Thomas 1 2 3 1 1
Renard Green 3 1 13
Desmond Wood
Jerami Grace 4 1 3 29
D.J. Wallace 1 3 4
Omar Sherman 3 7 1 2 8
Nassar Issa 1 2 1 2
Total 18 23 9 3 61

South Grand Prairie Warriors

Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Jaelon Austin 3
Mark Howell 3 4 1 25
Trey Hall 5 2 2 4
Dante James 2 2 1 3
David Gentry
Cameron McGiff 2 4 3
Torian Johnson 1
Jalon Anderson 3 6 1 10
Rick Curry 3 6 2 2 8
DJ Thorpe 3 1 9
Total 24 26 7 2 62
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr OT Final
Duncanville Panthers 6 13 13 17 12 61
South Grand Prairie Warriors 9 15 18 7 13 62
District 7-5A Standings Season District
Team W L W L
DeSoto 29 2 12 1
South Grand Prairie 31 3 11 2
Duncanville 23 9 8 5
Cedar Hill 18 9 8 5
Mansfield Timberview 25 8 6 7
Grand Prairie 10 19 4 9
Mansfield 12 17 2 11
Midlothian 9 18 1 12