East drops contest to Rucker Stewart

Portland East brings the ball inside the arc against Rucker Stewart.

Portland East Panthers were not able to continue their winning ways last Thursday against Rucker Stewart, losing 34-17. The East Panthers were coming in on a high after their first win of the season against their cross-town rival Portland West, but were not able to escape with a second win in a row.

Portland kept things close for the first half of the game and went into the half down by eight points. Needing to make some adjustments Head Coach Scott Steinbrecher spoke with the boys at the half and encouraged them to continue to fight.

“This was a very physical game from start to finish I felt like the boys hung in there all game long,” Steinbrecher commented.

Portland came out in the second half looking for a strong start, but Rucker would go on a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter. “Their run to start the third quarter really put us in the hole badly and we were not able to fully recover,” Steinbrecher replied.

“I was really impressed with the fight my boys put up tonight you would have thought this was a one point game at the end,” Steinbrecher stated.

Leading scorers for the Panthers were Duncan Smallwood with nine points, Dawson Kennedy with four points, and Hunter Hicks and LeCyrus House with two points each.

The Panthers will be back in action Tuesday, Nov. 21 at TW Hunter. Game time is 5:30 p.m. for the girls’ game with the boys’ game to start immediately after.

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