DURHAM — The boys’ basketball teams from Southern Durham and Panther Creek were having a rough go of it to start their Tuesday night game.
No one had scored at the first timeout of the game, almost halfway through the first quarter. With just 3 minutes and 27 seconds left in the first quarter, Panther Creek finally scored the game’s first bucket.
It was that kind of night for the Catamounts. But wins still count, even if they’re not pretty. Panther Creek has three wins in as many tries following its 51-38 road win against the winless Spartans (0-3).
“This is an opportunity for us to face some adversity at some point throughout the game. The message for tonight is who are we and how are we going to respond,” Panther Creek coach L.J. Hepp said.
It seemed that Southern might have been feeling the effects of having just played a game the night before – and playing its third game without members of the football team.
But that first basket from Panther Creek (3-0) seemed to give Southern players what they needed. The Spartans scored 10 unanswered points at the end of the first quarter to lead 10-2.
But as Hepp had talked about, the Catamounts responded.
With quick baskets from Nubian Spann, Juan Munoz and Gaquez Hudson (game-high 14 points), Panther Creek started to fuel enough momentum to go into the locker room up 21-19 at halftime.
Hudson’s eight straight points in the third quarter – highlighted by a four-point play – gave Panther Creek more than enough cushion. Southern was still struggling on the offensive end and trailed the Catamounts 38-26 going into the fourth.
Southern never came within 10 points of Panther Creek the rest of the way. Amari Hamilton and Zane McClure led the Spartans with 12 points.
The Catamounts have allowed no more than 38 points in any contest this season.