Leslie Ends Panthers Season in District Finals

The boys’ basketball team saw its season come to an end at the hands of rival Leslie as the Blackhawks took down the Panthers 55-40 in the D3 district finals.

The Panthers struggled offensively most of the night and could not overcome a slow start.

Leslie took a 10-6 lead after one quarter, but the Panthers would hold tough in the second and trailed 23-16 at the half.

Drew Robinson scored six points in the third, but the Blackhawks would push their lead to 36-27 after three.

Leslie would go to the line 25 times in the fourth quarter, making 15 of them, sealing the win and ending the Panthers season.

Robinson finished with a team-high 13 points.

Keegan Collins finished with eight points and Joey Ballagh seven. Brock Rochow chipped in with five points, Jalen Rogozinski three, Zach Fletcher and David Kluesner two each.

The Panthers reached the finals by taking down Dansville 63-51.

The teams combined for 21 three-pointers on the night with Dansville making 11 and the Panthers 10.

The Aggies hit five triples in the opening quarter and took a 15-11 lead after one.

Ballagh and Collins each sank a pair of triples in the second as the Panthers tried to rally, but Dansville still lead 33-28 at halftime.

Stockbridge would rally back in the third by outscoring the Aggies 18-11 to take a 46-44 lead after three.

The Panthers would seal the win by going 10 for 12 from the free throw line in the fourth and pulling away for the win.

Ballagh had a huge night with six triples and was 5-5 from the line and finished with a team-high 25 points.

Collins sank four triples and finished with 18 points, while Robinson chipped in with seven points. Noah Lewis added six points, Fletcher four, Jake Dalton two, and Rogozinski one.

The Panthers finished with a 13-9 overall record.

Photos by Dawn McCann

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