East boys drop game at Shafer

Leader photo/TRENT DOBBS Matthew Elrod looks to turn the corner against Shafer.

Portland East dropped their second game of the year last week to Shafer Middle school by a final score of 29-17. Portland was not able to find a consistent offense on the evening and found themselves down most of the game. The East Panthers being a young group again this year are trying to find a rhythm that will produce more offense, but this will come with time and experience.

“Our boys keep digging in on the defensive end which will keep us in games, I just have to do a better job of putting them in better positions offensively to get open looks,” head coach Scott Steinbrecher stated.

Portland kept things close in the first quarter only down 6-4, but Shafer would go on a

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9-1 run to close out the first half and take a 15-5 lead.

Portland would come out in the third quarter and more than double their point total but still find themselves down 24-12 after three quarters of play.

“This is one of the hardest working teams I have ever had, we just have to find a way to get the ball in the basket,” Steinbrecher stated.

Leading the way for the Panthers was Dawson Kennedy and Duncan Smallwood with eight points and Hunter Hicks with one point.

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