Southwood pulls away in second half to defeat Eastbrook

Last Tuesday night at Southwood, the Eastbrook Panthers continued to showcase their improvement as a basketball team.

They played well in the first half, particularly in the opening quarter, but turnovers after halftime proved costly in an eventual 65-54 defeat. 

The Panthers played one of their best quarters of the season in the first eight minutes, taking a seven-point lead, and while the Knights pushed back in the second quarter, Eastbrook led by two at the halftime break. 

But of late predictably, turnovers proved to be the Panthers’ undoing. 

Southwood took advantage of Eastbrook’s giveaways, turning their two-point deficit into an eight-point third quarter advantage. The Panthers were unable to mount a comeback. 

“We just had too many turnovers, basically,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “That really started in the second half. We turned it over too much.”

Despite the loss, Allison continues to be impressed with his team’s growth and improvement with the playoffs looming. 

“I think our defense is coming along pretty well. We shot the ball decently tonight, so that’s a good sign,” Allison said. “We had three guys in double figures tonight, so we were balanced in terms of our scoring. It just comes down to the turnovers.

“I truly believe, and I hope our kids believe, that we are getting better. We might not see it in terms of the scoreboard, but I think we are getting better.”

Braxton Bowser played a tremendous game for the Panthers, scoring 19 points, while Zeke Binkerd scored 11 and Alex Baker finished with 10.

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