The Cumberland Gap Panthers and the Scott County Highlanders boys teams took the court directly following the girls’ contest and put on a show. It wasn’t a high scoring basketball game but it was a close and entertaining one that was decided by three points and won by the visiting team.
During the opening period, both teams looked as if they would be filling the basket up all game long. The Panthers dropped in 14 but gave up 16 points. The defenses heated up and the scoring started slowing down during the second period as both teams managed 13 points. At the half, the score was 29-27 in favor of the visiting Highlanders.
Coming out of the halftime break the two teams once again mirrored each other, both scoring 10 points.
The Panthers needed to outscore the Highlanders and just didn’t get enough shots to fall. They lost the final period 12-11 and the game as well. At the final buzzer the score was 51-48.
Caleb Ball led the Highlanders in scoring with 15.
The Panthers were led by Trent Graves with 17, who also led all scorers. Graves had six points in both the first and third quarters. Preston England scored 13. Bubba Lake dropped in 10 points. Dallas Griffith had four points, Kaleb Franklin had three and Jayson Upton had a single point. The Panthers shot 50 percent from the free throw line making seven of 14 shots.
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