The Peninsula Panthers came out with grit and determination in the 3rd place game and established themselves quickly. The Panthers using a very high intensity defense forced Calabasas into many unforced errors and easy transition baskets which resulted in a 13-6 first quarter lead.
The Panthers increased the intensity in the second quarter and began to run on the forced turn-overs they were creating. The Panthers outscored the team from Calabasas 21-14 in the second quarter to take a 34-20 at the half.
The third quarter began with Calabasas trying to up their physical play and they were trying to intimidate the younger Peninsula team. The Panthers were not intimidated and they responded with physical play of their own and stretched the lead to 18 points and led 53-35.
The fourth quarter began with Calabasas going on a small run that cut the lead to 12, but Peninsula responded and rebuilt the lead to 18 points where it remained for the rest of the quarter. Many of the bench players got valuable minutes in the fourth quarter and all of the players showed improvement. The Panthers end the pre-season with a 4-5 record heading into the very tough and challenging Bay League schedule. The Panthers begin the Bay League journey on 1-14-14 at 4:30 PM against the mighty Redondo Union Seahawks who are the defending Bay League JV Champions. The Panthers are young but have made significant strides in the pre-season and should be ready to compete in a very tough division.