Chapel Hill slips past
Panthers at Wagstaff
By Sam Epps
TYLER–Fueled by Jordan Allen’s 89 points, the Mabank Panthers
advanced to the Apache Bracket at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic
In the final game of the Apache Bracket, the Chapel Hill
Bulldogs slipped past Mabank to gain a 66-62 victory.
In the final game, Chapel Hill took a 17-15 lead after the first
Brandon Hatfield hit two three-pointers in the period, while
Allen had only three points.
In the second period, Allen’s offense shined as he scored 10
points, and the Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 18-15 to take a
33-31 halftime lead.
In the third period, Chapel Hill’s defense took center stage as
they held Mabank’s explosive offense to just six points, while
the Bulldog offense scored 18 points to take the lead.
In the final period, the Panther offense powered back to life,
scoring 23 points. Allen led the way with 11 points, while David
Marler scored six points. Chapel Hill, however, scored 17 in the
period to retain their lead and secure the win.
Allen scored 27 points for the game, Marler added nine points,
while Garrett Graham and Hatfield each scored seven points.
The Panthers began the tournament with a 62-51 loss to the
Mabank took a 12-10 lead after the first period, but a
determined Lindale offense outscored Mabank, 23-15, in the
second period to take a 33-27 halftime lead.
The Lindale defense held Mabank to just eight points in the
third period, while the Eagle offense scored 12 points.
In the final period, Mabank scored 16 points, but Lindale added
Allen led the Panther offense with 32 points. Hatfield scored 11
points for Mabank.
In their second game, the Panthers gained a 70-61 win over the
Mabank sprang to a 15-11 first period lead, and continued to
pull ahead, taking a 31-25 lead by halftime.
Bullard had a strong third period, scoring 21 points to Mabank’s
13, to take a 46-44 lead.
Mabank answered by banging out 26 points in the fourth period,
while holding Bullard to 15 in the fourth period.
Again, Allen led the Panther offense, this time by scoring 30
points. Marler added 13 points and Hatfield scored nine.
John Tyler defeated Whitehouse, 69-56, to win the tournament’s
Gold Bracket, and Tatum defeated Grace Community, 69-60, to win
the Chiefs Bracket.
To get to the Gold Bracket, John Tyler defeated Chapel Hill,
71-56, in the first round.
In round two, John Tyler defeated Longview, 56-47.
Whitehouse got to the final Gold Bracket game by first defeating
Tatum, 76-55, then getting past Lindale, 61-47.
Tatum got to the Chiefs Bracket after losing to Whitehouse,
76-55, in the first round, then defeating Tyler’s T.K. Gorman,
59-57, on day two.
Also participating in this year’s tournament were All Saints,
Arp, Brook Hill, Carthage, East Texas Christian Academy, Grace
Community, Henderson, and Kings Academy.
Last year, the Panthers were defeated in the Apache Bracket by
Greenville, 86-80, in overtime.
The Panthers will return to action Friday when they travel to
Quinlan to face the Quinlan Ford Panthers.
They will visit Canton Jan. 9.
Aggressive Mabank Panthers
seek big numbers
By Sam Epps
MABANK–Even without last year standout T.C. Green, the Mabank
Panthers still know they can have big numbers, and plenty of
wins this season.
The 6-3 senior Jordan Allen has provided plenty of points, and
the Panthers have put together a team to be reckoned with,
including Ryan Walker, Landon Marshall, Brandon Hatfield, David
Marler and Chans Hall.
Walker provides intensity and is a solid point guard.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
The 2011-12 Mabank Panther basketball team is (from left, front
row) Parker Johannesen, Chans Hall, Ryan Walker, Taylor
Willeford, Garrett Graham and Toby Grimes; (back row) Jordan
Allen, Landon Marshall, Reese Frosch, David Marler, Brandon
Hatfield and Chris Newtown.
Panther head coach Mark Allen describes Marshall as “one of the
hardest-working players” he has. Hatfield is a smart player and
good decision maker.
“Hall is the spark plug for the team,” Allen said, noting his
energetic approach and fast pace.
The Panthers don’t look a lot different than last year’s team
did. They will still play an up-tempo aggressive game on both
offense and defense.
The five seniors on the team all played for Allen last year, and
will provide the experience and leadership needed to guide the
While Green provided many highlights last year in terms of
points scored and style of play, this year looks to be more of a
“There is no one person doing what he (Green) did for us last
year,” Allen said.
Although Jordan Allen has proven to be a prolific point-scorer
for the Panthers, as well as a force to be respected on defense.
If there is a weakness to this team, it is they don’t have a lot
of size inside. Although, with four players standing 6-4, and
two standing 6-3, size isn’t a major concern.
What the Panthers do have this year is great guard play, an
unselfish and supportive team, and a returning all-state player
in Jordan Allen.
With the five seniors, coach Mark Allen also has five juniors
and two sophomores.
The juniors have been in Mabank’s system and bring some
knowledge and experience to the table, complimenting the
“There were no big surprises in putting this team together,”
Mark Allen said. “We knew what we were getting early on.”
Another benefit to the Panthers this season is that most of the
players are straight basketball players. Only three members of
the team played football.
The Panthers hold a 10-8 record, and are keeping in the
tradition of “Working Toward Austin (WTA).”
Prior to the season, Texas Basketball Magazine ranked Mabank 18
in the state. Though currently not ranked in the top 25 on the
Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) rankings, they
were picked to finish first in District 13-3A, ahead of North
Forney and Crandall.
The Panthers will begin their district schedule Jan. 13, when
they will travel to Kemp to face the Yellowjackets.
They will then travel to Crandall Jan. 17, before returning home
to host North Forney Jan. 20.