Defensively the Panthers had no answer in attempting to stop the Maconaquah assault. The Maconaquah guards time after time broke down the perimeter defense and were able to penetrate into the middle hitting easy shots or feeding the post for the bigger Braves to score at will. With the offense stagnant and the defense getting shredded the Panthers found themselves at a 42-25 disadvantage by the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter was pretty much a repeat of the third with Pioneer struggling to score and the Braves scoring at will. The Panthers were able to connect on a couple from long range late in the contest but there was just too much in the Braves attack to hope for any kind of a comeback.
Leading the way for the Panthers (3-16) was Caleb Kindley with 10 points.
Leading the Braves (6-12) was Wyatt Hughes with a game-high 21 points. He was followed by Kyle Dinn with 20 and Adam Harts with 10 of his own.
“I really thought that we had things figured out during the first half,” Pioneer coach Austin Cowley said. “During the break we talked about keeping our confidence and we talked about hitting the open shots we were getting inside. But they came out and went on a run right away and the lead went from two to 10 and it only took like a 1:20 for that to happen and we just never got settled in after that.
“Give credit to Maconaquah. They sped us up and kept us from running our offense. The things that had been working for us they simply took away.”