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Panola Ponies Win!!!








Panola men defeat nationally ranked Tyler Junior College in overtime, 82-78
Tyler, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated 15th
ranked Tyler Junior College here Wednesday evening in overtime, 82-78. The
victory propels their record to 20-7 and 12-4 in Region 14 play. The win
gives the Ponies seven straight victories. “Our guys did a tremendous job
responding to adversity all game long.” Head Coach Grant McMillan
mentioned. “New people step up for us on a nightly basis. We talk about it
every day.” He added.
After a back and fourth start, Panola took a five point lead in the middle
of the first half but could not distance themselves any farther. Tyler
found some momentum and took a 36-30 halftime lead. Tyler gradually
increased their lead in the second half and found themselves up by 11
points 55-44 with 11:37 remaining. Panola went on a 22-2 run the next seven
minutes of the game giving them a nine point lead, 66-57. Panola struggled
to catch a break the remaining minutes as Tyler chased down a long rebound
and converted on the other end to tie the ball game at 68. Panola got a
shot off as time expired but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Panola controlled overtime from the tip as they scored the first five
points of the extra frame. Tyler cut the Panola lead to three, 79-76 but
clutch free throw shooting ultimately game the Ponies the victory.
Leading the way offensively for Panola was Marlon Taylor who netted a
career high 28 points and chased down 15 rebounds. Tope Arikawe scored 16
points in the victory and TJ Killings came off the bench to score 12. Eric
McGill recorded 10 assists. As a team Panola recorded 51 rebounds and only
committed 10 turnovers.
Panola continues Region 14 play this upcoming Saturday when the host
Kilgore College. Tip off is set for 4:00 PM on the campus of Panola

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