Panthers unable to keep pace with Adrian in first round

<p>Cole Hoberg finishes up his high school career with bang, hustling for 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.</p>

JOHN DAY – The Prairie City Panthers were unable to get past the first round of the District 1A-8 Tournament as they fell to Adrian 47-61, but won decisively against Mitchell.

Against Mitchell, the Panthers prevailed 66-22, led by a season-high double-double from Cole Hoberg.

Zane Stewart, Garrett Lovell and Cole Hoberg finished with double-digit scoring. The Panthers shot 50 percent from behind the arc and 70 percent from the line.

Prairie City controlled the game from the opening tip-off, extending their lead as the game progressed.

The 44-point victory moved the Panthers into the consolation bracket with the Huntington Locomotives, who won 50-47.

Huntington

Despite 21 points and 14 rebounds from Hoberg and 16 points from Lovell, the Panthers fell to the Locomotives by 3 points in the consolation round.

Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field and over 50 percent from the line as they exchanged the lead 10 times and forged eight ties.

After the first quarter the Locomotives led 14-3, but the Panthers rallied with stellar shooting from Lovell and Hoberg to cut the deficit to 5 at the half, trailing 23-28.

After the halftime, points in the paint became a crucial factor, as both teams’ perimeter shooting cooled off.

Good post play from Hoberg and Lovell kept the score close as the clock reached the 2:00 mark.

With 24.6 ticks on the clock, Huntington made it a 2-point game, hitting two shots from the line.

The Panthers regained possession with 18.4 seconds left and called a timeout to try to hold out for the final shot, to force the game into overtime.

A Panther turnover and a loose-ball foul put Huntington at the line again. The Locomotives hit one of two free throws to make it a 3-point game with 5 seconds remaining in the game.

The Panthers launched a shot from the left hash mark but hit only iron, and the final buzzer sounded. The loss pushed the Panthers out of the consolation bracket, and they finished the year with an 8-2 record in league and 13-12 overall.

The Breakdown

Hoberg 21 points, 14 rebounds, Lovell 16, 4 rebounds, Stewart 4 points, Mack Clark 4 points.

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