Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The South Iron Panthers Varsity Boys Basketball team started their season off with a bang after a ridiculous 100-18 win over Bismarck in the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday.
South Iron has dominated this tournament in past seasons. The Panthers went 17-1 the past three years, including an undefeated stretch the last two years. This year they look to make it three straight years without a loss.
The Panthers squared off against Bismarck in their first game of this tournament last season as well. It was a dominant victory to say the least, as they took down Bismarck 105-9, and 2020 provided much of the same. They controlled all aspects of the game. They executed on their offensive possessions, suffocated Bismarck on their defensive possessions and cruised to a victory. They outscored Bismarck 38-3 in the first quarter and 31-3 in the second. The Panthers would not let their prey breathe, making it 69-6 at the end of the first half.
The second half was much of the same. South Iron never took its foot off the gas, outscoring Bismarck 19-6 in the third and 12-6 in the fourth. When it was all said and done the Panthers tallied their first win of the season 100-18.
“It feels great to get back on the floor and to compete with my guys,” Drenin Dinkins said. “We have been anxious and ready for the season!”
Dinkins led the team in scoring with 22 points, adding six rebounds and four assists. Brock Wakefield put in 21 points and added five rebounds and five assists. DJ Prater scored 19 points and only missed one shot from the field. Champ McMurry scored 17 and went 2-4 from beyond the arc. Jermarco Burse had 15 points and eight steals.
It was an emotional game for Burse. He missed almost all of last season due to injury. He was giddy to get back on the floor.
“Being out last year just allowed me to realize how much I really love the game and how much I love being able to play it with my guys,” he said. “Being back on the floor competing is a huge relief for me.”
The Panthers are no joke and their first game shows it. This team’s goal is to dominate the game on both sides of the ball and execute their gameplan no matter the opponent. This game in particular was a shining example of their battleplan.
The next time they lace it up will be against Ellington on Tuesday, Nov. 25.