Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The South Iron Panthers Varsity Boys Basketball team stomped Ellington 92-33 to move to 2-0 on the season.
These two teams have some history against each other. The last time they met the Panthers won 64-41, keeping true with the theme of Ellington historically struggling against the Panthers. They are 8-14 against South Iron all time. They have also lost four seniors which made a tall task even taller.
Much like their first game, it was a dominant effort from start to finish for the Panthers. This team has taken no time to move past the nerves and settle into a groove. They had another monster first half, outscoring Ellington 38-7 in the first quarter and 27-4 in the second. That put them ahead 65-11 at the half.
The South Iron attack cooled off a little in the second half. They still outscored Ellington 19-12 in the third and Ellington had the edge in the fourth 10-8. It didn’t matter. The first half was too much to overcome, and the Panthers had the luxury of taking their foot off the gas a little as they strolled to a 92-33 win. They have outscored their opponents 192-51 in their first two games.
Drenin Dinkins was the leading scorer again. He poured in 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He shot 4-4 from the three-point line and was a perfect 7-7 from the free-throw line. Brock Wakefield tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. There were three other Panthers in double figures as well: Lucas Lunyou with 12, DJ Prater with 11 and Jermarco Burse with ten. Prater snagged seven rebounds and Burse had five.
Big wins like these first two inject confidence and a hunger for more into a team that is already as dangerous as anyone out there. Bad news for anyone having to lace up against the Panthers.
“It feels pretty good,” Champ McMurry said. “I feel a lot more confident in my game and understand my role better than my freshman and sophomore seasons.”
They want to keep the ball rolling, and are well aware of what they are capable of achieving.
“Feels great,” Lunyou said. “Our team has worked very hard to be able to play at a high level.”
The win brought them to 2-0 in the Thanksgiving Arcadia Valley tournament and 2-0 on the season overall. South Iron’s next test will be against Bunker in the tournament championship.