Lewisville, Texas - The Panola College men split this weekend in the Midwest Scouting Service East/West Challenge held at Lewisville High School. In game one, Panola upended Clarendon College 90-79 and lost to seventh ranked Odessa College 70-84 in the second game. Both Clarendon and Odessa compete in Region V.
?It was a great honor to be invited to the East/West Challenge" Head Coach Grant McMillan Stated. "We played two high end opponents this weekend. I was so proud of the way we prepared and came out against a Clarendon team who beat a ranked San Jac team the night before. Against Odessa we just weren't disciplined enough but it?s why we played these hard games early in the year." He added.
In the first half against Clarendon, Panola found themselves down by as much as 12 points before evening the score at 40 before intermission. The Ponies took control in the second half by going on a 26-9 run to give them a 17 point lead midway through the half and eventually the 11 point victory.
Four Ponies scored in double figures and were led by Marlon Taylor with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Juwan Williams netted 17, while Jeremy Roscoe and TJ Killings recorded 16 and 14 points, respectively. Shandon Goldman almost recorded a double-double tallying 9 points and chasing down 11 rebounds.
In the second game, Odessa and Panola battled back and forth the entire first half before Odessa took a 10 point lead into the locker room. Panola cut the lead to four, 58-54 with 13:39 remaining in the second half but couldn?t get any closer. Odessa?s lead stayed in the single-digits most of the second half but some untimely turnovers and missed layups prevented any comeback efforts.
Jeremy Roscoe scored a game high 21 points in the loss while Marlon Taylor recorded another double-double.
Panola?s record is 1-1 after the opening weekend challenge. They host LSU-Alexandria JV this upcoming Thursday, November 9th for their home opener. Tip-off is set up for 6:00 PM in AJ Gym on the campus of Panola College