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Sports : School : Alberton Last Updated: Jan 4th, 2006 - 21:08:35

Panthers C-squad fights back; close game at Victor
By Mark Hebert - Clark Fork Chronicle
Dec 29, 2005, 21:07

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The Boys C-Squad played their third game this season on Thursday in Victor and after an awful first quarter, put together three solid quarters to make the game a close 42-35 loss pushing the teams record to 1-3 on the season.

“Our defense was a little slow and we just weren’t making shots,” said Levi Radford. “After that we figured out our defense and our offense started to put the ball through the net.”

The Panthers managed just two points in the first quarter –two points of the game – after Jordan Johnson snatched an offensive rebound and put the ball back into the bucket. Several turnover, a bunch of missed shots and eight minutes later, the Panthers trailed Victor 13-2 headed into the second quarter.

Alberton’s James Wimple hit the one of two free throws to start the scoring in the second quarter followed by two forced turnovers by Gary Martin, the second of which led to an offensive board and put-back by Jamie Wemple to cut the Panther deficit to 16-5. Alberton headed into the second half after a 9-4 second quarter, 19-11 at the half.

The Panthers continued to climb back into the game and outscored Victor 14-8 in the third quarter, five points coming from Radford and a three pointer by Matt Lausch, bringing the score to 29-25 with one quarter to play.

The four point deficit was as close to Victor as the Panthers would get as the Pirates outscored Alberton 10-8 in the final frame handing Alberton the loss.

“We want to go out there every time and win,” said Radford. “But the ultimate goal is to gain experience. It’s kind of hard sometimes on the C-squad because we don’t get a lot of time to play as a team, but it’s still fun.”

Radford mentioned the nice games by his teammates, Johnson on the offensive end and senior Tony Baumbach for his play on defense but added that there is still work to be done and plenty of games to play.

"There's a lot to improve on," said Radford. "We are hoping to put some more wins up and play better."

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