On Tuesday, the boys basketball JV team traveled to Leuzinger High School to take on the Olympians in a Bay League contest.
In their first meeting, the Panthers defeated the Olympians by a score of 91-56 and the Olympians were determined the outcome of this second match-up would be far different.
The game began with both teams making multiple turnovers, and it was obvious that both teams were tight. The first quarter ended with the score in favor of the Olympians, 7-6.
In the second quarter, both teams began to relax a little bit and both became more confident on the offensive and defensive sides of the court. The second quarter saw both teams trade baskets with each other, and at halftime the score was 22-21 in favor of the Olympians. The Olympians showed the Panthers they were a better team than the first encounter and they were determined to win this one.
The third quarter started much like a heavyweight fight with each team going on small runs to gain an advantage only to have the other respond with a similar run to make the contest close again. The Panthers and Olympians both gave each other the best shots they had but neither team seemed able to break free to distance themselves from the other.
The Panthers were able to outscore the Olympians 16-13 in the third quarter and ended it with a two-point lead at 37-35.
The fourth quarter began with a flurry as the Panthers once again mounted a rally by running the ball up the court on every possession. The Panthers were able to build the lead up to 10 points before the resilient Olympians mounted their comeback yet again, only this time the Olympians could get no closer than four points.
As the game came down to the final minutes, the Panthers lost one of their leaders, sophomore Matt Sinsioco, due to fouls. The Olympians may have thought the game was now theirs for the taking, but they may have forgotten about two things, sophomore Cameron Tong and freshman Rory Hubbard. Tong and Hubbard quickly asserted themselves into the leadership role on the floor and they systematically took turns sinking important foul shots and grabbing defensive rebounds. The inspired play of Tong and Hubbard allowed the Panthers to walk away with a well-earned 59-54 victory over the Olympians.
The Panthers were led in scoring by freshman Kurt Milch, 14 points, 11 rebounds; sophomore Cameron Tong, 10 points, three rebounds; freshman Rory Hubbard, 10 points, five rebounds; and freshman Jason Burr, seven points, seven rebounds.
The Panthers are now 17-3 overall and 7-0 in Bay League action. The Panthers travel Friday to to take on the Sea Kings at 3 p.m. The rivalry between the two schools leads to spirited contests and games full of action. Come out and watch the Panthers and Sea Kings at 3 p.m. Friday at Palos Verdes.