The Panthers U16 National League boys gained their second win of the national league campaign with an emphatic 45 point win against Fife Steel. Panthers started the game slowly on both ends of the court. Miscommunication on the defensive end saw Fife get lots of open shots but they wouldn’t fall. On offence, Panthers started the game settling for contested shots and made the first couple of minutes a lot harder than they should’ve been. A time out seemed to get the boys going as finally they were all on the same page. Harrison Brown made his national league debut with a excellent one man full court press of the Steel’s point guard which saw him force them into mistakes which gave Panthers a lot of possessions. Panthers stretched a early lead with their offensive rebounding, winning the quarter 15-1.
The second quarter saw Panthers turn the style on. Lewis Ross put on a passing masterclass as he went on a run of assists. Nathan Hall, also making his National League debut, was also chipping in with assists. This included an amazing no look one hand bounce pass. Fife struggled to deal with the play making abilities of both Lewis and Nathan. Panthers played a full court press which meant they went into half time up 35-5 as they kept the opposition to minimal looks at the basket.
The half time break seemed to make the Panthers even stronger. The offence of Panthers every possession just gave Steel to much to deal with. Douglas Fraser’s work in the post, and Kai Maitland’s pull up shots, saw Panthers stretch the game out even more. In a two minute spell at the end of the quarter, Fife hit 7 points which seemed to have Panthers a little concerned going into the fourth.
Panthers had all but sealed up the win, and used the fourth to work on running the bench and setting up plays. Matty Kiraly had a great last quarter as he killed off the game completely with dominant offensive play. Overall it was a great win in which scoring and minutes were really well spread out, and the boys showed great game management and sportsmanship from start to finish.
FINAL SCORE: PANTHERS U16 BOYS 68-23 FIFE STEEL
Panthers Top Scorers:
Matty Kiraly – 18
Lewis Ross – 15
Douglas Fraser – 11
Lewis Johnston – 10