By TODD LAMBERTH
After starting the season 4-0, Portland’s boys basketball team suffered their first two losses last week against two teams that stand with just one loss so far this season.
The Panthers dropped a heartbreaker to White House before falling in their opening district game against Gallatin.
White House outlast Portland in overtime thriller
The Panthers welcomed rival White House on Tuesday night and narrowly missed moving to 5-0 in a 76-73 overtime loss.
Portland held a three-point lead going into the final seconds of regulation, but White House junior Jared Ward dropped in a three-pointer to force overtime.
From there, it was anybody’s game, but the Blue Devils were able to finish the comeback and come out with a win to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Ward led all scorers with 33 points in the win. Fellow junior Kyle Elliot followed him with 11 points.
Austin Hicks led the Panthers offense with 12 points, followed by Bryce Keith and Mitchell Eagle with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Portland gets its chance to avenge the loss when the two teams meet on February 12th for the last game of the regular season.
Gallatin slows down Panthers offense
After scoring 73 points on Tuesday, the Panthers managed just 40 in Friday’s 53-40 loss to district foe Gallatin.
A slow start doomed Portland as they scored just 15 points in the first half, shooting just 32 percent from the field in the half. On the other side, the Green Wave came out hot, mounting a 35-15 lead going into the half. The Green Wave shot 9 of 19 from the outside.
The offense picked up in the third quarter for the Panthers, as they were able to double their point total in the period.
Portland was able to outscore Gallatin 25-18 in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough, however, as the Green Wave were able to hold onto their big lead.
Zyun Mason led all scorers in the game with 17 points, followed by Zool Kueth with 11 and Octavian Arnold with 10. Portland senior Grant Cook was the only Panther to reach double-digits with 10 points.
The win moved Gallatin to 7-1 on the young season, while Portland fell to 4-2.