Panola Men win berth to National Tourney
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Jacksonville, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Angelina College here Friday night, March 10, in the Region 14 conference tournament, 82-65. Panola advances to the tournament championship game against San Jacinto College Saturday night. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m. Both teams receive a bid to the national tournament. San Jacinto won the Region 14 regular season and Panola earns the regional rotating bid. The victory improves Panola’s record to 24-7 and pushes the team’s winning streak to 12 games.
“This is a proud moment for the Panola basketball program. Our guys have bought in and trusted the process all season long. With all of the adversity we went throughout this year, our kids deserve this moment,” Head Coach Grant McMillan said.
Panola came out on fire taking a 20-10 lead 8 minutes into the game. Angelina slowly crawled back and took a 28-26 lead with 4:12 remaining in the first half. After two ties and four lead changes, Panola pulled away and took a 36-33 half time lead. The second half belonged to Panola as they came out on a 22-2 run eventually taking a 67-44 second half lead. Panola held on the rest of the way to take a 17 victory.
Leading the way offensively was Devyn Wilson who netted 20 points, sinking four three pointers. Tope Arikawe scored 13 points and Marlon Taylor added 11. Bryson Lockley chased down seven rebounds. As a team, Panola out-rebound Angelina 42-28 and shot 43 percent from the field for the game.
Panola will take on San Jac in the conference championship game. The game will be played in Jacksonville in the former Lon Morris College gym, located at 811 Farnsworth.
See more photos from the game at the Panola Men’s Basketball vs Angelina Google Photo Gallery. (Photos by Pony Express Photographer Lexie Dawson.)
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