Steady Pace Gets Panthers 65-50 Win Over Irving Tigers

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The Tigers tried to go with the Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare “slow and steady wins the race” tactics against the Panthers. However, the Panthers did not let Irving dictate that slow and steady pace past the first quarter.

The opening period saw very little action at the bottom of the net as both teams only scored nine points each in the quarter. But Duncanville picked up the scoring in the second, scoring 17 points to Irving’s 6. The Tigers tried to match the Panthers in the second half, but could not keep up and it was a too little, too late as the Panthers claimed the 65-50 win.

Duncanville’s Steven Quinn led all scorers with 29 points, and was the only Panther in double digits. But, eight other Panthers got in on the scoring.

For Irving, Anthony Union scored 15 points, while Tre Nelson with 13 points and Carlos Avery with 11 points were the only double-digit Tigers in the losing effort.

The Irving game represents the beginning of the second half of the 7-6A district action. Next up for the Panthers is a home game against Cedar Hill on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandra Meadows Arena.

The Longhorns have struggled this year, coming into the game at 8-11 on the season and 5-3 in district play. In their meeting earlier this year Duncanville traveled back up Highway 67 after taking an 83-60 win.

Currently Duncanville is ranked sixth in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 6A poll, with DeSoto (7) and South Grand Prairie (22) as the only representatives of District 7-6A. Ahead of Duncanville is Denton Guyer in first, followed by Austin Westlake, Cy Falls, Spring Dekaney and South Garland.

District 7-6A

Team Season District   Steak Differential
W L T   W L T
Duncanville 23 4 0 6 8 0 0 W7 W6 +343
DeSoto 19 6 0 7 1 0 W3 +280
South Grand Prairie 18 8 0 5 3 0 W1 +248
Cedar Hill 8 11 0 5 3 0 L1 -35
Grand Prairie 6 10 0 2 6 0 W1 -103
Irving 7 13 0 2 6 0 L2 -187
Irving MacArthur 8 16 0 2 6 0 L3 -122
Irving Nimitz 4 11 0 1 7 0 L1 -127