Panthers Beat Patriots To Remain In First Place


Junior forward Brendon Chesson had a great game against the Patriots last night, helping his team to a 71-53 Dulles District victory by putting up 18 points...
Photo By: Yvette Gagnon / GamedayMagazine

Coach Jeff Hawes has the Panthers running on all cylinders at this point in the season. The Panthers sit alone in 1st place in the Dulles District and are undefeated in district play...
Photo By: Yvette Gagnon / GamedayMagazine

STORY BY: MICHAEL MARZZACCO / GAMEDAYMAGAZINE COLUMNIST

POTOMAC FALLS, VA - It's the start of the second half of the season, and the Panthers are hot! They are in first place and undefeated in the district. Broad Run is in second place, and Park View is in third. The Panthers took on Park View in an exciting game, hoping to remain in the lead. The Patriots are only one game behind the Panthers, even though Park View is in third place. It was a huge game for both teams. The Pit was filled, and the drum-line playing at the top of the Pit made the student section even louder! It was also favorite teacher night. The players picked out their favorite teachers, and they were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

In the beginning, it was a close, tense game. At the end of the first quarter, the Panthers were winning 21-16. In the second quarter, Park View closed the gap. The Panthers were up 33-31 at the end of the second.

As the third quarter got underway, the Patriots tied the game at 33, but didn't gain the lead. The Panthers extended their lead, and as the third quarter ended they were up 54-45.

Last week, Greg Graves made a dunk that made the crowd go wild. Last night, he did it again! He made a huge dunk that contributed to the Panthers 61-49 lead.

The Panthers won with the final score 71-53. The first half of the game was close, but in the second half the Panthers dominated by outscoring the Patriots 38-22.

The leading scorer for the Panthers was Lukas Mihailovich with 20 points. Brendon Chesson added 18, while Greg Graves scored 13 points. Zack Curran scored 10 points, Tarrell Owens had 6 points and Zach Hobby and Matt Hoover both scored 2 points.

For Park View, Ryan McCarter led all scorers with 25 points. Tim French added 7 points, while JR Shooks and Jordan Owens both scored 6 points. Brandon Lee had 4 points.

Coach Hawes said, "We didn't play real well the first half, but that's the best second half we played all year against anybody. We picked the right time to have a good half."

With this win, the Panthers are now 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the district.

On Friday, these two teams will meet again in the second game of a home and home series. This time the game will be at Park View. The Patriots have been playing really well at home, so let's hope the Panthers prevail in Patriot territory. Tip-off is at 7:30PM.

Last time the Panthers were at Park View (competing against Stone Bridge), Lukas Mihailovich scored 50 points. He set a school record and made a half-court buzzer beater in triple overtime. Will something amazing happen again? Panther Pit be there to witness it!