Monitor Staff Reports
ALLEN–The Mabank Panthers played some tough competition at the Allen Holiday Invitational Dec. 27-29. The Panthers came out of the tournament 1-3, losing two of the games in overtime.
The Panthers started the tournament with a 52-41 loss to John Paul II, a private school in the metroplex. The Panthers raced out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter, and led 25-20 going into halftime. The lead was still at five points heading to the final quarter, but John Paul took over the game in the final frame, outscoring the Panthers 23-7 in the quarter to take the 11-point win.
Mabank was led by senior Jordan Thomas’ 15 points, followed by senior Cole Plunkett with 11. Senior Collin Sims had nine points and seniors Tyrece Gray and Ryan Lee each scored three points in the loss.
The Panthers rebounded in the second game of the tournament, routing Whitesboro 76-49 behind Thomas’ 29 points.
The Panthers again got out to a lead after one, taking a 16-9 lead into the second quarter. Mabank really got going offensively in the second quarter scoring 24 points to take a 40-24 lead into halftime.
The Panthers would let the Bearcats get no closer, outscoring them 36-25 in the second half, running away with the 27-point win. Plunkett and senior guard Jace Capehart each scored 11 points in the win, with sophomore guard Caleb Dally and senior Seth Grimes each scoring five points. Gray, Sims and sophomore Matt McGee each tossed in four points and senior Chaney Johnson chipping in three points.
Mabank then had a tough matchup with Krum. The Panthers were leading 18-12 after the first quarter, and took a 30-26 lead at halftime. Krum cut the deficit to two points after three, and tied it in the fourth to force overtime. Krum outscored the Panthers 9-3 in the overtime period, taking a 67-61 win. Plunkett led the Panthers in scoring in this game with 19 points. Dally chipped in 17 points and Thomas scored 15 in the game. Capehart added four points, with Gray, Sims and McGee each scoring two points.
The Panthers played some bonus basketball in their final game of the tournament as well. The Panthers fell to Sunnyvale in this one, 85-80. The score was tied at 17 all after one period of play.
The Raiders took a nine-point lead into halftime, but the Panthers cut it to five points going into the fourth quarter.
The Panthers worked themselves back to a tie at the end of regulation play at 73-73. The Panthers could not get over the hump in overtime, being outscored 12-7. Thomas led the Panthers in scoring with 23 points, followed by Gray with 20. Plunkett had 15 points, Dally scored 10 points, Sims added five, Capehart three and Grimes and McGee each chipping in two points.
The Panthers will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 when they travel to Bullard. The Panthers are now 8-8 on the season.
Posted by : January 4, 2017| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
Posted by : December 30, 2016| On :
By Tom Lanious
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS–The Dallas Cowboys faced a formidable opponent in the Detroit Lions Sunday night. Results were 42-21 in favor of the Cowboys, another victory tying a franchise record of 13 wins!
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 212 yards and had a eye popping 75 percent completion percentage.Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott finished with 80 yards and two touchdowns, breaking Herschel Walker’s Cowboy record for most touchdowns as a rookie.
This game started with a great 21-yard touchdown catch by Brice Butler, from Prescott.
The game was tied at the half 21-21 thanks to an outstanding picture perfect one-handed touchdown catch by Dez Bryant. In the second half, Bryant threw his first touchdown pass as a pro with a bootleg call and a nice 10-yard pass to Jason Witten. Bryant finished with two receiving touchdowns, 70 yards receiving and the one passing touchdown.
The Cowboys got another good defensive performance led by Sean Lee. David Irving continually put pressure on Highland Park alum and Lion quarterback Mathew Stafford.
Defensive back Anthony Brown was shaken up, as was left tackle Tyron Smith. This was a big concern for the team, but didn’t seem to be major as Dallas followed the proper injury protocols.
Offensively, this time, the Cowboys were able to secure victory down the stretch, turning a close game into a clear win for the team. On a perhaps lighter note, Prescott, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Ezekiel Elliott were all named to the NFL pro bowl this past week.
This was the first time the Cowboys had two rookies voted for pro bowl, with outstanding rookies Prescott and Elliott.
Next week Dallas goes for a record 14th regular season win at noon Sunday, Jan 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly. Reports are quarterback Mark Sanchez is going to get a lot of the snaps.
This makes sense, as Dallas has clinched a division title, and first round bye with their playoff game to be played either Jan 14-15. It is remarkable how well this team is playing.
Jason Garrett has to be in the running for NFL Coach of the Year. Happy New Year everyone!
Posted by : December 30, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–The Kemp Yellowjackets went 2-1 and took second place at the Kaufman Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28 at Kaufman High School gymnasium. The ’Jackets beat Dallas Christian 53-49 in their opening game of the tournament to move into the championship bracket. Another victory, this time a 50-39 win over host Kaufman, put the ’Jackets in the championship game. Kemp fell to Forney in the championship 56-49.
In the championship game, the ’Jackets got behind early and could not make up for their sluggish start in their 56-49 loss to the Jackrabbits. Forney raced out to an 8-0 lead before senior Josiah Brewington hit the first bucket of the game for Kemp with just over two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The ’Jackets got to within two points on a three-point play by senior Alex Cooper, cutting the Jackrabbit lead to three points. Forney nailed a three-pointer late in the quarter to take an 11-5 lead into the second frame.
Junior Brooks hit two free-throws for Kemp to start the second, but Forney went on a quick 5-0 run over the next 48 seconds to extend the lead to nine points.
Sophomore forward Boomer Irvin stopped the run with a basket with just under five minutes to go in the half. Irvin hit another bucket with 4:26 to go to cut the lead to 18-11.
Forney extended the lead to 26-15 with two and a half minutes to go in the half. Junior Kane Johnson cut the lead back to single digits with a jumper. The ’Jackets trailed 30-23 at halftime.
Brewington got Kemp on the board with two minutes gone in the quarter to make it 30-25. After a Forney basket, Johnson nailed a three-pointer from the right wing to draw the ’Jackets to within four points at 32-28. Johnson led the ’Jackets with 14 points in the game.
Forney answered with a three of their own to take the lead back to seven points with 3:18 remaining in the quarter. Trailing 40-30 with just over a minute remaining in the third, Kemp scored three points on three free-throws-two from Cooper and one from Brewington-and went into the final quarter trailing by nine points at 42-33. Brewington had 11 points and Cooper added nine points in the game.
Forney took their largest lead of the game early in the fourth quarter on a basket, putting them up 44-33. The ’Jackets responded quickly however. Johnson went to the line and hit two free-throws and a minute later drained another three to get Kemp to with six points at 44-38.
From that point on it was a back and forth affair. The ’Jackets got to within five points with 2:03 remaining on two more free-throws from Cooper.
Trailing 49-42, Johnson hit two free-throws to cut the lead to five again, but the ’Jackets could get no closer. Kemp’s final points came from two Johnson free-throws to make the final 56-49.
Irvin had 11 points for Kemp, while Bowie and Brooks each added two points.
In the win against Kaufman, the ’Jackets took over the game in the fourth quarter.
Leading by just one point at 31-30, Kemp outscored the Lions 19-9 in the final frame to win going away. Leading the way for the ’Jackets was Brewington with 20 points, followed by Johnson with 13. Irvin added nine points, Cooper and Bowie chipped in three points each and sophomore Cameron Clamon added two points in the victory.
In the opening game, Dallas Christian led by two at halftime and by four after three quarters of play, but the ’Jackets tightened the screws defensively in the quarter, outscoring the Chargers 15-7 to take a four-point win.
Irvin and Johnson led Kemp in scoring with 17 points each, Brewington tossed in nine points, Clamon and Cooper each added four points and Bowie had two points in the win.
In action earlier in the week, the ’Jackets fell on the road at Maypearl 65-60. Irvin led Kemp with 17 points, Clamon had 15 points, Johnson chipped in 14 and Brewington 11. Darel Booker had two points and Brooks one point in the loss.
Kemp will be in action again at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 when they travel to Alba Golden to take on the Panthers.