Feb 7, 2018
The Portland boys fell 65-48 to host Beech on Friday night in a district match-up.
The Panthers trailed by seven after one quarter of action but scored just 12 points in the second and third periods and never could climb back into the contest.
“We didn’t compete tonight,” coach Darryl Travis said. “We had a lack of effort. We had two or three kids that tried. We’ve been close so many times. It was a letdown tonight. We didn’t meet the challenge.”
Austin Hicks led the Panther attack with 24 points with Bryce Keith adding eight and Peyton Martin six. Luke Jones chipped in with five, Dawson Simmons netted three and Mitchell Eagle and Grant Cook contributed one apiece.
The Bucs jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Hicks drained a 3-pointer at the 5:12 mark. Beech would go up by nine, 16-7, but Hicks recorded his second 3-point shot to create a 16-10 difference. The hosts then built a double-digit lead with five unanswered points.
But Hicks netted a charity toss and Martin buried a 3-point bucket as the Purple trailed 21-14.
Beech would extend their lead over the next two quarters as the Panthers scored 12 points in 16 minutes. Hicks had eleven of those points. The Bucs led 39-20 at halftime and stretched that to 24, 50-26 after three periods of action.
Portland opened the fourth period with a Hicks basket and a Jones 3-pointer and the Purple trailed 50-31. Beech came back with six straight, but Jones hit a short jumper, Keith nailed a 3-pointer and Hicks dropped in a pair of foul shots to leave the Panthers behind by 17, 55-38.
The Purple would get no closer the rest of the way.
Portland made 15 field goals while the Bucs recorded 22. Jayson Brown tallied 24 points for Beech and Mitchell Sorenson scored 10.
PHS suffer road loss at Hendersonville
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Portland boys faced Hendersonville on the road and lost 54-45. The Commandos led 11-9 after the first eight minutes of play and took a 27-20 lead into the locker room at intermission.
Hendersonville held a 43-35 lead going into the final eight minutes of action and held on for the win. The Panthers cut a ten-point deficit to four midway through the fourth but never got any closer.
“We competed tonight, we just didn’t shoot the basketball well,” Travis explained. “We played hard.
The Purple were 18 of 54 from the field including four, 3-point buckets. The Commandos made 20 shots from the field and made six foul shots in the final two minutes.
Martin led the Purple with 20 points including 13 in the third quarter and a trio of 3-pointers. Keith fired in ten, Dairius Bell scored eight, Hicks followed with five and Eagle netted two.
Zach Morris led all scorers with 28 points and teammate Noah Taylor contributed 11.
Portland hosts Lebanon Friday for senior night and travels to White House on Feb. 12.