After their disappointing loss to Oak Hill the night before, the Eastbrook Panthers returned on Saturday evening and played much improved basketball.
However, when the final horn sounded, the Panthers remained winless, falling to the Northfield Norsemen by a score of 55-52.
“I’m proud of the way they bounced back from last night,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “They executed the gameplan really well. We had a walkthrough this afternoon, we put in a couple of new sets, and they executed them perfectly without a whole lot of practice time.”
The Panthers fell into some foul trouble in the second quarter, as Alex Baker, Jake McKim, and Deniro Trout were each forced to sit with two fouls. That, together with their four-of-20 shooting performance in the first two quarters, led to a nine-point halftime deficit.
Eastbrook clawed back in the second half, trailing by just three points with two seconds left, but the Panthers were unable to find the tying basket.
“I’m proud of their effort, I’m proud of the way they competed, and I’m proud of the way they executed the gameplan,” Allison said. “We just didn’t shot the ball well enough tonight to come away victorious.”
Alex Baker finished with 19 points to lead the Panthers’ offense.