Pana earns 1500th win all time
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CARLINVILLE — The Pana boys basketball team packed their bags and headed south to Carlinville last night on Friday. The conference matchup the was Panthers first time around facing off against the Cavaliers in the 2021-’22 regular season. You wouldn’t have been able to tell by the way Pana played them to perfection. The Panthers take the win from the Cavs 66-41 the final.
Right out the gate the boys showcased their quick-paced, high octane offense that by now the entire state has either become to love or, as for the teams in the South Central Conference’s case, dislike. Putting up double Carlinville by halftime. The Panthers drove up the score to 36-18 at the end of the second quarter.
Lead by the offensive magicians, Brenden Schoonover and Colin Schmitz, Pana had no worries feeding them the ball, getting past the Cavs D and allowing the offense to flow through those two. The seniors combined for 32 points and 4 three-point field goals made.
Senior forward, Kyle Kuhn, put up 10 points while junior guard, Devon Peebles added a cool 11 to the total. Both senior, Drew Hackler, and junior, Ace Armstrong, had 5 point performances. The senior/junior combo of Even Huddling and Joel Deere rounded out scoring and connected for 3 points.
The Cavaliers stepped up at the beginning of the third. They scored 12 points to draw nearer to the total but luckily the visiting Panthers kept the points coming. Tacking on 23 points in the third and 7 more points in the fourth gave them the wiggle room they needed to get the win.
Pana defeats the Carlinville Cavaliers 66-41.
The conference victory not only gives them a 6-0 in-conference record but also earns the Panther boys basketball program its 1500th win all time.
Pana will take on non-conference opponent the St. Joseph-Ogden on Saturday afternoon. The match will kick off the 2022 Riverton Shootout.