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Panthers with a Dramatic Win Against Pleasant Grove

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Tyler Hill playing defense in a game earlier this season

Tyler Hill playing defense in a game earlier this season

North Lamar has a knack for close games at home and Friday night was no different. With 3.5 seconds left in the game, Tyler Hill knocked down two free throws to put North Lamar up 37-35 over the Pleasant Grove Hawks.  Pleasant Grove's attempt to the game would be halted by an errant pass that was picked off by Hill.

The game was back and forth until the fourth quarter. That's when the Panthers took an eight point advantage. The Hawks, though, would make a comeback and eventually tie the game at 35 on a layup with 35 seconds left to play. Playing for the last shot, North Lamar held onto the ball until Hill was finally fouled right in front of the North Lamar bench. 

The win gives North Lamar sole possession of fourth place in the district. However, they are only one game ahead of Liberty-Eylau for that spot. As fate would have it, these two teams play each other Tuesday night in the regular season finale. If the Panthers win they will be claim the final playoff spot outright. However, if the Leopards win there will be a play-in game to decide who gets the fourth playoff spot. The game on Tuesday will be in Texarkana.

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Panthers Fall to Wildcats

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(Photo by Joe Watson) Tyler Hill going up for a shot against Paris

(Photo by Joe Watson) Tyler Hill going up for a shot against Paris

North Lamar played great defense against the Wildcats on Tuesday night. The Panthers held Paris to only 53 points for the game. Unfortunately for North Lamar, they could not muster any offense of their own as they lose 53-39 to their crosstown rival.

North Lamar enjoyed a 10-6 lead with under three minutes to play in the first quarter. It was then that Josh Robinson took over for Paris. The Wildcats would go on a 19-2 run, led by 11 from Robinson.

Trailing 25-12, North Lamar would get the lead down to eight on multiple occasions, but that's as close as they would come. In the end it was too much Robinson and Jalon Pipkins as they scored 44 of the 53 points for Paris High.

With the loss, North Lamar falls to 2-4 in district and will host Atlanta on Friday night. Tip-off will be around 7:30, right after the girls game concludes.

Paris   16     15      8      14     53

NL      10     10      9      10     39

Tyler Hill 16 points

Jay Walters 10 points

TK Finch 4 points

Sam Asay 4 points

Jake Stewart 3 points

Menderiz Gray 2 points

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Panthers Defeat LE with a dramatic Finish at Home

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(Photo by Joe Watson) Jay Walters (10) with a layup to win the game for North Lamar as Jake Stewart (12) watches. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Jay Walters (10) with a layup to win the game for North Lamar as Jake Stewart (12) watches. 

The Panthers ended the first half of district play with a 45-43 victory over Liberty Eylau at home. They didn't make it easy, either. After an up and down first quarter, the Panthers' offense stalled in the second.

Taking a 17-16 lead into the second quarter, North Lamar was outscored 11-4 in the second frame. The offense picked back up in the second half, though. The fourth quarter, though, is where the drama happened.

With the game tied at 40 and the Panthers in possession of the ball, North Lamar decided to play for one shot. While most people were probably expecting Menderiz Gray or Tyler Hill to take the last shot, the heroics came from a different place. Jay Walters, who had already scored 14 points for North Lamar, got the ball in the corner with nine seconds left. Having made four from behind the arc all he had to do was pump fake. The LE defender bit and Walters drove to the hole. Walters hit the running floater with three seconds left in the game to put North Lamar up by two.

That shot would secure the victory for the Panthers as they move to 2-3 in district. They will host the Paris Wildcats on Tuesday night at approximately 7:30.

Jay Walters - 16 points, 3 rebounds

Jake Stewart - 12 points, 6 rebounds

Menderiz Gray - 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Tyler Hill - 5 points, 3 rebounds

Josh Daingerfield - 3 points, 1 rebound

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Panthers Fall to Pittsburg in Overtime

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(Photo by Joe Watson) Menderiz Gray looking to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Menderiz Gray looking to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. 

The Panthers fought back from seven down in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. However, the comeback couldn't be completed as the Panthers fell to Pittsburg 46-42.

North Lamar struggled offensively in the first half as they only managed 13 points. Defensively, though, they held Pittsburg to only 16 points. Then, in the third quarter, North Lamar fell behind by seven at 31-24.

The Panthers would comeback, though. Thanks to three pointers by Tyler Hill, Josh Daingerfield and Menderiz Gray, North Lamar erased the deficit. The score would be tied at 40 after regulation. In the overtime period, the Panthers could only manage two free throws from Hill. With the loss, North Lamar is now 1-2 in district and will travel to Texarkana on Tuesday to face Pleasant Grove.

North Lamar  6     7     11     16     2     42

Pittsburg       8     8     15      9     6     46

Menderiz Gray 15 points

Jay Walters 11 points

Josh Daingerfield 9 points

Tyler Hill 7 points

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Paris Too Much for North Lamar in District Opener

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(Photo by Joe Watson) Sam Asay going in for a layup against Paris Hig

(Photo by Joe Watson) Sam Asay going in for a layup against Paris Hig

If you are coach Garner, you couldn't ask for a better start in their game against Paris High. North Lamar shot 50% from the field (11/22). They out-rebounded the Wildcats 12-10 and they only trailed by one point 31-30.

The second half, though, was a different story. It started under the goal too as the Panthers got out-rebounded 24-5 in the second half. Many of those coming on the offensive side of the ball. Of the 34 rebounds for Paris, 17 of them were offensive rebounds.

The third quarter doomed the Panthers as they were outscored 21-9 in the frame. After that, Paris would cruise to a 69-53 victory over North Lamar. The Panthers are 0-1 in district play and will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday night to face the Rabbits.

North Lamar       12    18     9     14     53

Paris High           13    18    21     17     69

Menderiz Gray 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Josh Daingerfield 9 points, 2 rebound

TK Finch 9 points, 1 rebound

Sam Asay 8 points, 2 rebounds

Jay Walters 7 points, 2 rebounds

Jake Stewart 6 points, 4 rebounds

Tyler Hill 4 points, 1 rebound

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Paris Holiday Tournament Results

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Photo by Bill Higgins: Sam Asay (21) going up for a shot while Menderiz Gray (13) watches.

Photo by Bill Higgins: Sam Asay (21) going up for a shot while Menderiz Gray (13) watches.

Down several starters going into the Paris Holiday Tournament, the North Lamar Panthers would be tested each and every game. The goal in every tournament is to win. Since only one team can win, though, it's also important for teams to start playing cohesively. Especially with district play right around the corner.

This is what North Lamar needed to happen. It would be hard with several team members not able to play (due to UIL tournament rules). With district play two weeks away, North Lamar wanted to start perfecting some things offensively and defensively.

The team went 1-4 in the tournament. Although that doesn't sound like a good record, you have to look at the complete picture. During the tournament, North Lamar played Teague (Ranked 7th in Class 3A), Paris High (Ranked 17th in Class 4A), Hot Springs (won tournament last year), Hope and Lufkin-Hudson.

Some of the surprises of the tournament was the play from the bench. Bryalon Perrin came off the bench and gave the Panthers a huge lift. In their 55-42 loss to Hope, Arkansas Perrin gave the Panthers 10 points while coming off the bench. He knocked down a couple of big three's as well in that game. Menderiz Gray finished with 13 in the game.

Photo by Bill Higgins: Josh Daingerfield driving for a layup against Paris High. 

Photo by Bill Higgins: Josh Daingerfield driving for a layup against Paris High. 

The next game was the big game for North Lamar. They played Lufkin Hudson in the final game of pool play. North Lamar trailed by 17 points with three minutes to play in the half at 27-10. Once again it was the bench play that helped spark the turnaround. Perrin finished with 18 points off the bench. Gray had 25 for North Lamar as they came back to win 64-55. The defense also helped fuel the comeback as North Lamar had nine steals in the game.

This setup a matchup with crosstown rival Paris High. The game was somewhat close through the first quarter with Paris leading 12-8. It was the Jalon Pipkins show too as he scored all 12 points for Paris. As a matter of fact, he scored the first 15 points of the game for Paris High. Paris would pull away and win easily 66-42. Josh Daingerfield led the way for North Lamar with 15. Jake Stewart finished with 10 points and seven boards in the loss.

Next up for North Lamar was a game with Hot Springs. Hot Springs had gotten beat the day before by Clarksville so they were ready for some revenge. Offensively North Lamar couldn't get anything going as they only managed 33 points for the game. They only had one quarter in which they scored in double figures. The Panthers only shot 26% for the game while Hot Springs shot 40%. As the buzzer sounded to end the game, North Lamar was on the wrong side of a 47-33 score.

Next up was Teague. Similar to the game against Lufkin Hudson, North Lamar got down big. This time, though it was in the fourth quarter. Teague entered the quarter with a one point lead. They opened up the fourth with a 19-4 run to open up a 59-43 advantage. The Panthers used tenacious defense and great shooting to claw back and make it a very interesting game. North Lamar finished the game on a 17-6 run but came up a little short as they lost 65-60. Gray once again led the team in scoring with 21 points. It was Sam Asay though that sparked the team. He finished with six points but led the team with eight rebounds.

North Lamar will be in Canton Tuesday night to face the Eagles.

Deja Vu for North Lamar at the American Airlines Center

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Menderiz Gray securing a rebound for North Lamar with Jake Stewart (12) and  TK Finch (23) also there for North Lamar. 

Menderiz Gray securing a rebound for North Lamar with Jake Stewart (12) and  TK Finch (23) also there for North Lamar. 

For the second year in a row, the North Lamar Panthers played the Melissa Cardinals at the American Airlines Center. For the second year in a row, the North Lamar Panthers won in dramatic style. Thanks to Menderiz Gray, the Panthers walked out with a 49-48 victory over the Cardinals.

I'm not sure what the deal is, but Gray enjoys playing at the AAC. Last year, he tipped in a shot at the buzzer to defeat the Cardinals by one point 52-51.

On Monday, Gray was given the ball after a made bucket by Melissa. Dribbling at the top of the key, he waited. With the clock under six seconds, he made his move. He drove to the right and pulled up for an eight foot baseline shot. The whole building watched as the ball hit the front of the rim and then bounced up and back through the net.

With one second on the clock, Melissa tried throwing it down the court but the pass was intercepted by North Lamar. The Panthers had knocked off Melissa for the second straight year. Melissa walked away in disbelief as North Lamar celebrated on the home of the Dallas Mavericks.

The game itself was just as exciting. Both teams battled back and forth. The Panthers jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, but Melissa came roaring back with six straight points to end the quarter. Melissa would then outscored North Lamar by a couple in the second quarter to take a one point lead at halftime.

The game would be tied at the end of the third which set up the dramatic fourth quarter for North Lamar. Menderiz was the only Panther in double digit scoring as he had 23 points. Gray also finished with six rebounds.

Josh Daingerfield had eight points for North Lamar. Tyler Hill had five points and a team high eight rebounds. Jake Stewart finished with five points and four rebounds in the game. North Lamar will travel to Idabel on Friday to play the Warriors.

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Sulphur Springs Too Much for North Lamar

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The North Lamar Panthers traveled to Sulphur Springs to take on the Wildcats. After hanging tight through one quarter, Sulphur Springs pulled away for a 59-33 victory over North Lamar. 

Trailing 14-13 after one, the Panthers only managed one point in the second quarter. That came from Seybian Holt. The third quarter wasn't too much better as North Lamar only had seven points. Meanwhile Sulphur Springs scored 13 in the second and 10 more in the third. 

Josh Daingerfield led the way for North Lamar with 13 points. Menderiz Gray had seven, Jake Stewart finished with five and Cody Anthony had four. North Lamar will be at the Wills Point tournament beginning Thursday. 

Panthers Remarkable Journey Comes to an End

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It was a journey that started in November as the North Lamar Panthers took the court against Sherman. It was a journey that took them to the American Airlines Center. A journey that had them playing against top 10 teams in Texas. It was a journey that saw them make the regional semifinals for the first time in 35 years.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, that's where the journey ended as they fell to AAA 73-56. Even though they were the only unranked team playing in Commerce, North Lamar showed why they belonged in the regional tournament.

North Lamar kept the game close for two and a half quarters thanks to their three-point shooting and their ability to get inside the lane. Versache Buchanan knocked down three of his five from behind the arc in the first half. Levi Porter added two more in the half.

AAA came in with a 6'-9" and a 6'-6" player. Both of whom were taller than the tallest Panther (Jake Stewart: 6'-5"). However, Stewart and Grant Erickson dominated the paint for North Lamar. They did what needed to be done to limit offensive rebounds and help keep AAA from scoring too many points in the paint.

One of the things that caught coach Homer Garner and the Panthers off guard was the outside shooting ability of AAA. As a team, they knocked down nine three pointers.

"What we didn't account for was their three point shooting. Those guys could shoot. They hadn't shown it on film. The film, though, can be deceptive. They were big, physical and can adapt to any style of play." - Homer Garner

North Lamar only trailed by seven at the break. It was the second half in which AAA started to show some separation. Versache tried keeping the game close with a couple of long balls from behind the arc. The Panthers, though, as a team would only knock down four shots in the quarter.

Unfortunately, the Panthers only knocked down five shots the entire second half. The rest of the points in the half came from the free throw line. North Lamar attempted 12 in the half and only missed three.

In the end, AAA walked away with the 17 point victory. Even though the team that finished the season Friday night wasn't the same team that started the journey in November, it was the team that finished the journey. This team came together and played their heart out every single night. From the starters to the role players, everyone chipped in and did exactly what coach Garner asked of them.

For the seniors, this is the last time they play basketball in a North Lamar jersey. This is the last time they will lace them up together and represent their school. It may be the last time they step on a court as a Panther, but the memories they left us will forever be etched in our minds.

From a tip-in at the buzzer to win the game over Melissa at the AAC, to the thrilling overtime came against the Paris Wildcats this team has given us something that will last a lifetime. They've given us the joy of watching a group of 11 kids play the game they love. They gave us the picture of a team and what a team can accomplish. For this, we are extremely grateful and we thank you.

Triple A             21     20     16     16     73

North Lamar     17      17      12     10    56

 

Levi Porter - 18 points, 2 rebounds
Versache Buchanan - 15 points, 3 rebounds
Grant Erickson - 8 points, 8 rebounds
Jake Stewart - 6 points, 4 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 5 points, 5 rebounds
Tyler Hill - 3 points, 1 rebound
Javon Franklin - 1 point

North Lamar Advances To Regional Tournament with Win Over Pleasant Grove

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Photo by Beverly White: Jake Stewart grabbing a rebound earlier in the season against Paris High

Photo by Beverly White: Jake Stewart grabbing a rebound earlier in the season against Paris High

The rubber match between the North Lamar Panthers and the Pleasant Grove Hawks wasn't just another game. The two district rivals hooked up for a chance to represent the district in the Regional Tournament this weekend in Commerce.

The two teams split their district meetings earlier in the season. Pleasant Grove won on January 22 in Texarkana 64-45 while North Lamar returned the favor at home a couple weeks later. This time, it would be the Panthers who once again came out on top as they defeated the Hawks 57-47.

Things didn't start off well for North Lamar as they found themselves down 9-3 to start the ball game. Menderiz Gray got North Lamar rolling, though, as he drained a three-point basket. The Panthers would end the quarter on a 9-1 run to take a 12-10 lead heading to the second.

Versache Buchanan drained a three to open the second quarter for North Lamar. It was his first of two in the frame. The Panthers jumped out to a 24-15 lead midway through the second quarter. This was thanks, in part, to the play of Tyler Hill coming off the bench. Pleasant Grove would score six straight points after a timeout to cut the lead to three. A three pointer by Hill and a driving layup by Gray would close out the half for North Lamar with a 29-21 lead.

Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter. North Lamar scored five of its 11 points at the free throw line. Buckets by Levi Porter, Jake Stewart and Gray were the only offense North Lamar could manage besides the free throws. Yet the still held onto a 40-35 lead heading to the fourth.

During the final frame, North Lamar did what they had to do to get the victory. They went to the free throw line a lot as Pleasant Grove was trying to foul. Versache knocked down a couple of big three point shots for the Panthers. In the end, it was North Lamar cheering as they held on for a ten point victory.

With the win, the Panthers advance to the Regional Semifinals for the first time in 35 years. North Lamar will face Triple A at 8:00 pm at Texas A&M Commerce. The first Semifinal will be Paris High and Lincoln at 6:00.

North Lamar            12     17     11     17      57

Pleasant Grove        10     11     14    12      47

 

Versache Buchanan - 19 points, 7 rebounds
Levi Porter - 14 points, 7 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 10 points, 11 rebounds
Tyler Hill - 6 points, 2 rebounds
Grant Erickson - 4 points, 9 rebounds
Jake Stewart - 4 points, 5 rebounds
Javon Franklin - 1 rebound

North Lamar: Area Champs

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It took the North Lamar Panthers a half to get things together, but when they did, it was over for Athens. North Lamar led 39-34 at the break. The third quarter, though, was a different story. The Panthers defense held Athens to only four points in the quarter while the offense scored 19 on their way to a 78-60 victory.

One of the main reasons for the differing halves was the play on the defensive side of the ball. Miles Koehler and Katarius Arroyo scored 26 of the 34 first half points for Athens. They knocked down five from behind the arc as well. In the second half, these two combined for five points.

The third quarter started with Versache Buchanan knocking down a three pointer. However it was a quarter in which the whole team got involved. Seven players scored for the Panthers in the third and nobody scored more than six points.

Versache led the way with 26 points, however it was the play of the big guys down low that really helped change the tide for North Lamar. The first half was dominated on the glass by Athens. The second half, though, Grant Erickson and Jake Stewart really helped clean that up.

"We had a little conversation at halftime. A few kind words of encouragement. We weren't guarding anybody in the first half. We couldn't guard our shadow. We weren't boxing out." - Head Coach Homer Garner

Grant finished with eight rebounds while Jake had 11. It was a total team win for North Lamar. Eight of the 11 players scored in the game.

The win gives North Lamar the Area Championship and sets up a rematch with District opponent Pleasant Grove. The two teams tied during the district with a 6-4 record and split both of their games with each other. Both teams won on their home court. This time, the game will be played in a neutral location. The game will be played Tuesday at 7:00 in Mt. Pleasant at the High School. The winner will move on to the Regional Tournament at Texas A&M Commerce.

North Lamar       25       14      19       20      78

Athens                21        13       8       22      60

 

Versache Buchanan - 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Grant Erickson - 15 points, 8 rebounds
Levi Porter - 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block
Jake Stewart - 10 points, 11 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 4 points, 6 rebounds
Javon Franklin - 4 points, 2 rebounds
Dakota Grissom - 2 points, 1 rebound
Tyler Hill - 2 points

Panthers Cruise in Bi-District Win over Gilmer

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Photo by Beverly White

Photo by Beverly White

Versache Buchanan and Levi Porter got off to a hot start as the Panthers easily took care of Gilmer in the Bi-District round of the playoffs. Versache scored a team high 21 points as North Lamar defeated the Buckeyes 74-50.

Versache and Levi scored the first 10 points of the game as the Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Buchanan knocked down a couple of threes and Levi added one of his own plus a free throw. The Panthers showed a full-court press as well that really caused problems for Gilmer. The first four times down the court, the Buckeyes turned the ball over to North Lamar.

North Lamar made them pay as well as they took a 26-4 lead after the first quarter. The Panthers kept the pressure on in the second quarter as they extended the lead to 30 at 44-14. This time it was Levi providing the offensive explosion as he scored 10 points in the quarter.

In the second half, the Panthers took the foot off the gas as they were able to sub players in and get some rest for the starters. In the end, North Lamar finished with the 24 point victory. The Panthers will face Athens in the Area Round. That game will be on Saturday at 2 pm. It will be played in Sulphur Springs.

North Lamar     26     18     15     15     74

Gilmer                4       10     15     21     50

Versache Buchanan - 21 points, 3 rebounds
Levi Porter - 18 points, 2 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 17 points, 3 rebounds
Tyler Hill - 8 points, 3 rebounds
Grant Erickson - 4 points, 6 rebounds
Julique Franklin - 3 poitns, 5 rebounds
Jake Stewart - 2 points, 6 rebounds
Pierre Young - 1 point
Dakota Grissom - 1 rebound

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Panthers Clinch Playoff Spot in Win Over LE

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(Photo by Beverly White) Levi Porter with a free throw against Paris earlier in the season.  

(Photo by Beverly White) Levi Porter with a free throw against Paris earlier in the season.  

Levi Porter put in 31 points and Tyler Hill added 12 as North Lamar cruised to a 68-55 victory Friday night against Liberty-Eylau. The win puts North Lamar back in the playoffs. Seeding is still to be determined based on Tuesday's games.

All 12 of Hill's points came in the fourth quarter Friday, with nine coming from the free throw line. Levi knocked down four three-pointers and 11 from the foul line.

North Lamar will close out the season at home Tuesday night against Pittsburg. It's senior night.

Levi Porter - 31 points
Tyler Hill - 12 points
Versache Buchanan - 8 points
Menderiz Gray - 8 points
Grant Erickson - 6 points
Jake Stewart - 2 points
Julique Franklin - points

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Panthers Bounce Back Against Pleasant Grove

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(Photo by Amber Clark) Tyler Hill with a layup for North Lamar against PG

(Photo by Amber Clark) Tyler Hill with a layup for North Lamar against PG

After an emotional loss Saturday night at Paris, the North Lamar Panthers bounced back at home against the Pleasant Grove Hawks. North Lamar had three players in double figures as they won 63-51 before their home crowd.

"We're peaking a lot better this week. I like wehere we're at. Do I think we are where we need to be? No." - Homer Garner

The game was close throughout the first half as both teams battled to a 26-26 halftime score. North Lamar, however, would outscore the Hawks 23-12 in the third quarter behind Menderiz Gray and his nine points.

From that point, the fourth quarter was mostly back and forth as Pleasant Grove could never get any closer. It was the second half, that saw North Lamar with some easy transition buckets. Versache Buchanan and Levi Porter helped spread the floor for the Panthers.

This game wound up being a polar opposite from the game these two teams played in Texarkana earlier in the year. A game in which North Lamar lost 64-45.

"The difference was about two and a half weeks. On the other side of that. They didn't shoot 50% from the field. We guarded. We shot the ball better tonight. We moved the ball better tonight. We got into the paint more tonight. We got to the foul line more." - Home Garner

With the win, North Lamar is now 4-4 in district and in third place. The Panthers will close out the season at Libery Eylau on Friday and then at home for senior night against Pittsburg Tuesday.

North Lamar          12       14       23       14       63

Pleasant Grove     10      16        12        13       51

Versache Buchanan - 15 points, 7 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 15 points, 6 rebounds
Levi Porter - 13 points, 4 rebounds
Grant Erickson - 6 points, 7 rebounds
Tyler Hill - 6 points, 2 rebounds
Julique Franklin - 6 points, 2 rebounds
Jake Stewart - 2 points, 3 rebounds

Panthers Lose Heartbreaker in Overtime

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(photo by Beverly White) Versache Buchanan with a three-point shot

(photo by Beverly White) Versache Buchanan with a three-point shot

The last time the Paris Wildcats lost a district game at home, the North Lamar Panthers was the team opposite them. That was in 2014, however. Saturday night, the Panthers came close to knocking off the 8th ranked Wildcats but Paris was too dominant in the overtime period as they won 71-59.

(Photo by Beverly White) Grant Erickson playing defense against Paris

(Photo by Beverly White) Grant Erickson playing defense against Paris

Overtime was needed because both teams were deadlocked at 54 after the four quarters of play. This was thanks, in part, to the play of senior Versache Buchanan. Versache, who knocked down nine three pointers in their game at Paris last year, tried matching the feat this year. This time, he managed to knock down seven from behind the arc on his way to 28 points.

With the game tied at 54, Paris had the ball. However, Versache managed a steal and a three-point attempt at the buzzer for the win. The ball would clank off the iron, thus sending the game to over time.

In the overtime period, Jalon Pipkins and Josh Robinson took over for the Wildcats as they scored 12 of the 17 overtime points. 

[Paris] spread the floor out and Pip and Robinson made some plays in the end. We missed a few shots here, transition defense and a few buckets here. Before you know it, it’s a six or eight point ball game. Before you know it, it’s over.
— Homer Garner

One of the reasons North Lamar was in this position was because of the senior leadership on the team. Versache, Levi Porter and Grant Erickson executed when they needed to. Levi knocked down a couple of big three pointers and Erickson made some huge defensive plays as well as knocking down big free throws down the stretch.

Unfortunately it wasn't enough. With the loss, North Lamar moves to 3-4 in District and will host Pleasant Grove on Tuesday night.

Paris High         8     14     20     12     17     71

North Lamar    11      5      24     14      5     59

Versache Buchanan - 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Levi Porter - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Grant Erickson - 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Menderiz Gray - 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Jake Stewart - 4 points, 6 rebounds
Julique Franklin - 2 points, 4 rebounds

Panthers Even District Record After Third Straight Win

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(By Beverly White) Menderiz Gray

(By Beverly White) Menderiz Gray

After starting district play with a 0-3 record the North Lamar Panthers have rattled off three straight victories, including a 60-40 win at Atlanta. The key to the game was the second quarter in which the Panthers outscored Atlanta 19-4.

Atlanta scored 19 points in the first quarter. After that, the defense of North Lamar intensified as they held Atlanta to double digit scoring in only one other quarter. They scored 10 in the third. The next two games will be a test for North Lamar as they play Paris and Pleasant Grove.

Menderiz Gray - 16 points
Levi Porter - 16 points
Tyler Hill - 10 points
Julique Franklin - 8 points
Jake Stewart - 4 points
Dakota Grissom - 2 points Versache Buchanon - 2 points Matt Gibbons - 2 points

North Lamar Speeds Past Pittsburg Behind Big Second Half

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The North Lamar Panthers led 27-25 at the half. Then, they proceeded to out score the Pirates 44-31 in the second half on thier way to a 71-56 victory on the road. North Lamar finishes the first half of district with a 2-3 record and will be on the road in Atlanta Tuesday night.

North Lamar     16     11     24     20     71

Pittsburg           11     14    15      16      56

 

Levi Porter - 28 points
Versache Buchanan - 20 points
Menderiz Gray - 11 points
Jake Stewart - 10 points
Grant Erickson - 1 point
Tyler Hill - 1 point

North Lamar with a Much-Needed Win Against Liberty Eylau

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Jake Stewart getting ready to block out an opponent earlier this year.

Jake Stewart getting ready to block out an opponent earlier this year.

The North Lamar Panthers played one of their best games of the season Tuesday night at home against Liberty Eylau. The Panther put together four strong quarters on their way to a 62-41 victory.

It was a game that was dominated down low as well. North Lamar’s big men, led by Jake Stewart and Grant Erickson, took over the paint. Stewart almost had a double-double as he finished with eight points but pulled down 16 rebounds. He also had five blocked shots.

The other big man, Erickson, did his part down low as well. Erickson passed the ball with efficiency, blocked out and paved the way for North Lamar to get to the basket.

From the opening tip, North Lamar did what they needed to do to win the ball game. As a team they had five blocked shots and knocked down six from behind the three point line.

North Lamar moves to 1-3 in district play and will begin a three-game road trip in Pittsburg Friday night.

North Lamar     14      14     18     16     62

Liberty Eylau   10       7       9     15     41

Versache Buchanan - 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Levi Porter - 14 points, 9 rebounds
Menderiz Gray - 10 points, 5 rebounds
Jake Stewart - 8 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks
Grant Erickson - 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks
Tyler Hill - 4 points
Dakota Grissom - 2 rebounds

Stone 7th Grade Boys Win Val-Alstyne Tournament

Boys BasketballGreg Higgins

Jan 9th 2016 - Van Alstyne JH Tournament

7th grade A - 1st place Champions

Game 1: Pottsborro 3 - NL 28

               Leading scorers: Jalen Gray-9 points, Javin Cary-7 points, Caleb Wilson-4 points

               Defensive standouts-Austin Stutsman, Jalen Gray, Jaden Hay

 

Game 2: Van Alstyne 16 - NL 34

                 Leading Scorers: Raymond Owens - 9points, Javin Cary- 9points, John McDonald- 6 points

                 Defensive standouts- Trent Nickerson, Keaton High, Jace Cooper

 

Game 3 (Championship Game): White Wright 14 - NL 48

                Leading scorers: Javin Cary-16 points, Keaton High - 11 points, Jalen Gray- 8 points

               Defensive standouts- Jalen Gray, John McDonald, Jaden Hay