24-6 fourth-quarter run propels Panthers to victory at Shaw
Published 6:53 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019
From Staff Reports
COLUMBUS, GA – The Americus-Sumter boys’ basketball team (14-2, 8-2) won their second straight game Tuesday night, January 15, when they outscored the Shaw Raiders 24-6 in the fourth quarter to earn a 69-56 victory at Shaw High School.
Three Panthers scored in double figures. Senior forward Joshua Lusane led ASHS in scoring with 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior forward Joshua Moore scored 14 points and hauled down six rebounds, and junior guard Trae Brown scored 11 points. Nine of Brown’s points came on three three-pointers. Brown also dished out one assist and tallied five steals for the Panthers.
The Raiders had two players in double figures. Rod Winfrey led all scorers with 17 points and Dylan Harris scored 12.
The Raiders came out strong to start the game. By the time the first quarter ended, Shaw was up 21-15. The second quarter was an evenly-matched quarter with both teams scoring 17 points. By halftime, the Raiders led 38-32.
Both teams were pretty evenly matched in the third quarter as well, but ASHS outscored the Raiders 13-12.
The Panthers took over in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Raiders 24-6 to earn the 69-56 win. The Panthers outrebounded the Raiders 28-20. As a team, ASHS tallied 23 steals to the Raiders’ nine. The Panthers also led in the assists category as a team. They dished out 15 assists, while the Raiders dished out a team total of six.
ASHS juniors Melton McCoy, Kanova Willoughby and Quevoluia Willoughby each tallied four steals on the night. Moore also contributed three steals to help the Panthers get it done on the defensive end.
After losing at Carver (Columbus) 72-67 on Friday, January 11, ASHS has now won two Region 1-AAAA games in a row. They defeated Westover at home in an overtime thriller 79-77 on Saturday, January 12, followed by Tuesday night’s win at Shaw.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 11-8 overall and 5-6 in Region 1-AAAA play.
The Panthers will have revenge on their mind as they take the ASHS gymnasium floor on Saturday, January 19, for their third meeting of the season with Carver (Columbus). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Panthers are now in second place in Region 1-AAAA at 8-2. They sit behind Carver (Columbus), who is 14-3 overall and is undefeated in the region at 10-0.