In a slight change up of the normal high school schedule, the boys from Cumberland Gap and Greeneville high schools took the floor first to start the evening of basketball due to the basketball homecoming festivities January 27.
Cumberland Gap was the host school and the mighty Green Devils came in looking for a tough game and that’s exactly what the Panthers gave them.
The Panthers wanted to win this one badly and the game began with only three points separating the two after one period of play. The fast Panthers start was due in part to the fast scoring of Preston England, who scored six of the Panthers’ 10 points.
Defense took over during the second period as the Panthers only scored five, giving up only seven. At the half the Green Devils held a 20-15 advantage.
Panther Head Coach Ernie Mac Clawson must have cracked the whip during the break as his team came out and dropped in 13 points. They outscored Greeneville 13-7.
With the Panthers still a few points down, they needed a great final period and once again scored 13 but they gave up 15. The Panthers came up a single point short partly by missing three of their eight free throws in the final period.
The 42-41 Green Devils victory was in part sealed by Caden Ramsey’s 15-point performance.
Trent Graves led the Panthers with 12 and England finished with 11. Evan Jackson keeps improving his overall game and finished with eight. Dallas Griffith and Bubba Lake had four each while the total was rounded out by Jacob Bullins with two points.
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