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Upset Minded Panthers Couldn’t Get It Done And TC Secures 21st Win 43-36

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Coming down the stretch the Cavaliers have been wanting to play in games like last nights victory over a very tough Pioneer Team. The Panthers brought their very deliberate offensive style into the Cavs gym and thoroughly tested the fortitude of the Cavaliers. With Sectional coming up fast starting next week, the experience of playing a team with the talent and discipline of the Panthers was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Pioneer set the tone early in the first taking a 7-2 lead and served notice to the Cavs that they were in for grinding game. The first quarter ended tied at 15 with both teams trying to establish their tempo to the game. The second quarter started out with the Cavaliers trying to step up the defensive pressure all over the court and the Panthers trying to control the clock on the offensive end. The Cavaliers won the quarter 9-5 to take a 24-19 half time lead. Coming out early in the third quarter the Cavaliers stretched their lead to 9 points and appeared to be taking control of the game. That was not to be as some temporary cold shooting allowed the Panthers to climb back into the game and lead at the end of the quarter 33-31. The two teams battled early in the fourth quarter and then Riley Ewen’s two 3 pointers put the Cavaliers into the position they wanted to be in coming down the stretch. Pioneer had to foul or continue to burn time off the clock and hope the Cavs turned the ball over to them and let them back into the game. The Cavaliers were not going to oblige them and eventually the Panthers were forced to foul putting the Cavs on the free throw line where they have been very successful this year. The Cavaliers outscored the Panthers 12-2 in the quarter and secured their 21st victory of the season against 2 losses.
Basketball fans might get to see these two teams battle it out in Sectional if both teams advance to the final game. Congratulations to the Cavalier Coaching staff and Team for completing a successful regular season. Now the second season starts and every team has a chance to start fresh. The Cavaliers drew the bye and will not play in Sectional until Friday 3/3 at 6:30 vs the winner of Caston and Cov. Christian. Tickets will be available at the door only. Caston is located on Hwy 25 three miles north of the Hwy 16 Hwy 25 junction.

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