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Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKAfter forging a 10-point halftime lead, the Mabank Panthers held off a determined comeback by T.K. Gormans Crusaders to take a 40-37 victory Tuesday in the season opener for both clubs.
The Panthers were scheduled to host the Lindale Eagles Friday night before hosting the Kaufman Thanksgiving Classic tournament Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22-23.
Following the Thanksgiving break, the Panthers will visit Van Tuesday, Nov. 30, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
The next weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4, the Panthers will host the 12th annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-out.
Tuesdays contest was originally scheduled to be played in Tyler, but was moved to Mabank earlier in the day.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther post David Marler (52) sticks his leg out to impede T.K. Gorman Crusader Ani Umana's reach for the ball during the first quarter of Mabank's 40-37 win over the visiting Crusaders Tuesday. Marler was charged with a foul on the play.
Both teams played evenly through the first quarter, with Mabank forging a slim 12-10 lead behind four points (including a 3-point basket) from Jordan Allen and three points from David Marler.
Gorman countered with six points (including a trey) from Ben Ashworth and two baskets from post Ani Umana.
In the second quarter, the Panthers started pulling away, holding the Crusaders to just one basket (a trey by Sean Goforth) and three free throws from Ashworth.
On offense, 6-7 Panther senior post T.C. Greene made his presence felt, hitting three baskets, while Brandon Hatfield, Colton Thomas and Allen all added baskets.
In the third quarter, the Crusaders outscored the Panthers 13-6 behind five points from Umana and a trey from Alexander Hovaney, offsetting two baskets by Greene.
Thats as close as the Crusaders would get, however, as both teams scored eight points in the fourth quarter.
Allen scored five on a trey and a pair of free throws, with Greene adding a basket, but the Crusaders only basket was trey by Hovaney.
Greene finished with 12 points to lead the Panthers, with Allen adding 11.
Hatfield finished with five, while Jacob Ortiz, Thomas and Marler all had three points, Taylor Willeford had two points and Hunter Carrico added a free throw.
Ashworth led the Crusaders with 12 points, with Umana adding 10.
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