Panthers take 2nd at tourney


The Panther basketball team stayed busy during the school holiday with several games at the Mary Tatum Holiday Classic in Big Lake. The Panthers started tournament play with a 68-40 victory over Irion County. Anderic Herrera led the team with 16 points, followed by Andrew Acosta with 13 points and Kalvin Hernandez with 12.

Then after trailing the Sonora Broncos by 15, the Panthers slowly shrunk the lead then finally outscored the Broncos 20-5 in the last quarter of play to take a 9-point victory.

Coach Richard Rojas said, “The boys never panicked; we keep on applying pressure.”

This time it would be Kalvin Hernandez with 22 points, followed by Andrew Acosta with 19 points.

Then the Panthers had another big fourth quarter as they took on Grape Creek. Leading by just 3 points at the end of three quarters, the Panthers outscored Grape Creek 21-2 in the fourth quarter to take a 63-41 win. Kalvin Hernandez was back atop the Panthers leading scorers with 25 points this time, followed by Andrew Acosta with 8 points and Casey Nolan with 8.

The Panthers took on Texas Leadership Charter Academy (San Angelo) in the Championship game, falling 65-49. Andrew Acosta scored 19 points to lead the Panthers in scoring in the Championship game, followed by Andric Herrera with 11 points and Adrian Rios with 9.

After tournament play coach Richard Rojas commented, "Even though we did not win, our boys improved. The team chemistry and attitude are awesome."

The Panthers returned to action on Tuesday as they traveled to San Angelo to take on Central High School. The Panthers fell 47-77 in that game.