Panola men advance to Region XIV semifinals after defeating Jacksonville
Lufkin, Texas – The Panola Men’s Basketball team defeated Jacksonville
College in the quarterfinals of the Region XIV Conference Tournament here
Thursday night, 82-70. The win propels the Ponies to the conference
semifinals tomorrow against Lamar State Port-Author. Panola improves their
overall record to 23-9. “We hit some adversity early in the game and
finally started to hit on all cylinders in the middle half of the game.”
Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “Jacksonville made a heck of a run in the
second half and our guys gutted out the win.” He added.
After trailing by nine points early in the first half, Panola ended the
half on a 35-12 run to take a 46-29 lead at halftime. The Ponies continued
their strong play to begin the second half where they extended their lead
to 28 points, 69-41. Jacksonville eventually cut the deficit to six points
before the Ponies prevailed with the 12 point victory.
Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) came off the bench to lead the offensive
charge with 24 points. Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) netted 14 points,
all in the first half. Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) and Tyonte
Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in with 13 and 10 points,
respectively. As a team, Panola shot 52 percent from the field.
Panola will take on Lamar State Port-Author tomorrow at 8:00 PM in the
conference semi-finals of the Region XIV Tournament. The tournament is held
at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.