Mabank tops Brownsboro behind Gibbs’ 29 points
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers kept their district record spotless as they picked up a big win at home over the Brownsboro Bears Jan. 18.
After going down 3-0 to start the game, Noah Johnston put in a basket to get the Panthers on the board to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Johnston added a free throw following a layup to tie the game 3-3 early.
After a 3-0 run by the Bears put them ahead 6-3, back-to-back layups from Devyn Gibbs put Mabank ahead 7-6.
Landry Johnson added a late free throw as the Panthers took a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.
A quick steal, and an offensive rebound, followed by a three-pointer by the Bears put them ahead 12-10 on a quick start to the second quarter by Brownsboro.
A three-pointer from Johnson put the Panthers back ahead 13-12.
Cade Bell converted the free throw on an and-1 to put Mabank ahead 16-12.
After making it 16-14, Gibbs converted on the and-1 to put three points on the board to make it 19-12 Mabank.
Back-to-back layups by Gibbs and Bell made it a 23-14 game in favor of Mabank.
A steal and a layup from Gibbs, along with two successful free throws from Caleb Dally gave the Panthers a 29-16 lead at halftime.
Dally fed Bell a pass to begin the third quarter to put the panthers up 31-16.
Gibbs and Johnston added layup to force a Brownsboro timeout with 5:44 left as the Panthers stormed out to a 37-18 lead.
A quick 10-3 run by the Bears coming out of the timeout led to the first Mabank timeout of the second half as the Panthers took their timeout with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter as Brownsboro had cut the deficit to 41-28.
Dally came out of the timeout to add a steal and a layup for the Panthers to put them ahead 43-30 as Mabank scored two more points late to lead 45-30 after three quarters.
Gibbs added an assist on a Grant Capehart layup to begin the fourth quarter as Mabank went up 47-30.
Bell picked up a steal and a layup as the Panthers pushed their lead to 20 points as they moved ahead 55-35 late.
Chance Brock hit a late free throw to seal the victory for Mabank as they scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to top Brownsboro 62-38.
The Panthers were led by an impressive game from Gibbs who registered 29 points in the victory.
Bell added 13 points while Johnston and Dally racked up seven and six points each respectively.
The win moves the Panthers to 15-9 overall and a perfect 3-0 to begin district play in 2019 as they sit in a first-place tie with Van.
Mabank looks to keep rolling as they move along their district schedule as they face the Van Vandals (3-0) for the first time this season with one of two teams facing their first district loss Jan. 25 at home.
Tipoff for varsity is set for 7:30 p.m.