A third-quarter meltdown was basically the difference in a possible win for the Delta Panther boys last Friday evening in Monument.
Even though the Panthers trailed 25-19 after one period of play, they were still in the hunt for a win and a shot to advance to the next round of 4A state playoffs. Delta won the second quarter but trailed 45-40 at halftime.
It was the third period that spelled doom for Delta in the second round contest against Greeley Central. The Panthers found various methods to turn the ball over and provided the Wildcats an opportunity to take over the game for good.
Greeley Central's Sheldon Darnell hit four threes in the first quarter and scored 14 points to pace the Wildcat offense to a 25-19 run. Delta's Ethan Jack Baier led six Panthers scorers with six points in the same frame to help keep Delta close.
The Jake Ames' show began in earnest in the second quarter with Ames blistering the net on his offensive end of the court for 15 points, including three treys. The Panthers outscored Greeley Central 21-20 and trailed by five, 45-40, at the half.
Murphy's Law took over in the third quarter. If it could happen to Delta, it did. Seemingly nothing went right for the Panthers as Greeley Central pounded out a 22-9 advantage and take control of the game, 67-49.
Delta failed to quit however and held on to outscore the Wildcats 16-14 in the final period to make the final score 81-65. Blake Velasquez had six points with Ames and Baier chipping in five points each for the Panthers.
Greeley's Darnell finished the game with six three-pointers and 32 points to lead all scorers. Ames finished with 28 for the Panthers and had four treys in the game.
Baier was next high in the books with 11 points and Velasquez finished with 10.
The loss ended a 10-game winning streak for the Panthers and left them with a 17-7 record for the season.blog comments powered by Disqus