Panthers earn split at Florida Get Down Showcase

Published 10:08 pm Monday, November 28, 2022

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ORLANDO, FL – The Sumter County High School boys’ varsity basketball team (SCHS) made the trip down to Orlando during the Thanksgiving weekend to compete at the Florida Get Down Showcase. In their first game of the tournament, the Panthers lost to Blake High School from Tampa, FL 66-53 on Friday, November 25, but came back the following day and defeated Leesburg (FL) by the score of 53-52 to earn a split in the tournament.

In their first game against the Blake Yellow Jackets, the Panthers came out aggressive early, but committed numerous turnovers in the third quarter, which caused them to be down by as much as 20.

SCHS fought back and the Panthers were able to cut their deficit to eight by the start of the fourth quarter, but they were not able to make the full comeback due to cold shooting from the field and went on to lose 66-53.

SCHS senior shooting guard Brandon Pope was named the Player of the game for his performance. Pope scored 19 points in the loss to Blake, senior shooting guard Devon Dowdell had 14 and senior point guard Cameron Evans had eight.

In their second game against Leesburg (FL), the Panthers played their normal aggressive style of ball the entire way and were able to edge out the Yellow Jackets 53-52 to earn the split at the tournament.

Evans led the way for the Panthers with 13 points and Pope poured in 12. Both Dowdell and senior guard D.J. Hurley were also in double figures with 10 points each.

SCHS (3-1) will resume play on Friday, December 9 when they travel down U.S. Highway 19 to Leesburg, GA to take on the Lee County Trojans at 7:30 p.m.