Eastbrook drops first game with Mansbarger, Johnson on the bench

Without the services of Ryan Mansbarger and Marion transfer Capone Johnson, the Eastbrook Panthers’ offense suffered in a 58-35 loss to the Eastern Comets on Saturday night.

Eastbrook only trailed by six points midway through the second quarter, but the Comets scored the final 17 points of the frame to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.

“Mansbarger and Capone Johnson were not available for us tonight, so we ended up having to play some other kids in those spots,” head coach Brian Childs said. “We were down 23-17 in the second quarter, but then Eastern went on a 17-0 run to end the half. That was basically the story of the game. We had some unforced turnovers that led to runouts, we had a couple of bad shots that led to runouts, and [Eastern] was eight-for-10 from the three point line.

“We played them pretty even in the second half, but that one run was the difference.”

With Mansbarger and Johnson, younger players like Dylan Bragg, Conner Childs, and Alex Baker were given the opportunity to play significant minutes. Despite the loss, Childs believes that giving those players experience will only help them in the long run.

“We put some kids in role that they were not accustomed too, and we kind of had a hard time getting good looks offensively without [Mansbarger and Johnson], but we competed hard and got some of our younger guys some valuable experience tonight” Childs said. “I think that is going to help us moving forward.”

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