Battle outside the arc
Tuesday night may as well have been the battle outside the arc.
In a 70-60 loss at home to the Bishop Ryan Lions Tuesday night, the Panthers shot 7-for-24 for 29 percent from outside, while the Lions shot 13-for-24 for 54 percent.
The Lions hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter, three of them coming from lead scorer Ben Bohl (36 points on the night). The Panthers got a hit on a 3-pointer from Jaden Hamilton-who ended the night with a double double on the stat sheets (13 points, 12 rebounds).
The Lions added more 3-pointers in the second quarter, with Bohl and Mason Hedberg-who ended the night with a triple double (26 points, 15 rebounds and 13 defensive rebounds)-netting three apiece and Jaxon Feller getting his second on the night. The Panthers hit two 3-pointers on the quarter, with Trace Goven-who led in scoring with 20-and Kevin Vetsch each netting one.
“The first half they played tougher than us,” said Panthers head coach Mike Santjer of the Lions.
The Panthers came out more aggressively in the second half, outscoring the Lions 17-12 and 16-11.
In the third quarter, the Panthers would three 3-pointers to the Lions’ one, with Hamilton, Vetsch and Devan Michels each hitting one.
The fourth quarter saw each only hit one 3-pointer, with Michels hitting his second 3-pointer of the night in the final seconds.
The Panthers stayed home Friday for the last game of the season against the Dunseith Dragons.
“Dunseith is a great opponent to have before district time,” said Santjer, adding the Dragons have shooters and the Panthers would need to change the tempo and tone of the game.