Big fourth quarter leads Panama past Forestville, 74-54

OBSERVER Staff Report

PANAMA – Forestville was able to play with Panama (7-3) for the first three quarters on Saturday, but the Panthers were able to pull away over the game’s final eight minutes to pick up a 74-54 non-league boys basketball win over the Hornets.

“Forestville played great (Saturday),” Panama head coach Ed Nelson said. “They have some big guys and they kept it close for three quarters, then we pulled away.”

Panama held a 48-44 lead heading into the fourth, then they outscored Forestville, 26-10, for the win.

“I run 12 guys out on the court,” Nelson added. “They all share minutes and (Forestville head coach Ralph Jackson) doesn’t have that many. So, we wore them out a little bit and the three ball started hitting a little bit in the fourth quarter.”

The Panthers’ Greg Delahoy led all scorers with 17 points while adding six rebounds on the night. Also for Panama, Alec Blose had 14 points, Ricky Eddy had nine points, Dan Odell chipped in six points, five rebounds and four assists and Dylan Mescall had six points and five assists.

The Hornets held a 17-14 lead after the first quarter, but the Panthers used a 21-point second quarter to take a 35-31 lead into the break.

For the Hornets, Jake Nosbisch had a team-high 14 points while adding five assists, Caleb Makuch had 12 points and six rebounds and Wayne Hartloff chipped in 12 points while grabbing six rebounds and recording four blocks.