Panthers nip Bobcats

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2004

Opp earned a "miracle" win against the Geneva Panthers earlier this season in Geneva.

Last night, the Panthers got revenge with a last-second, comeback win of their own. Martell Myhand scored and was fouled with 5 seconds left in regulation. The bucket knotted the score at 61-61.

Myhand stepped to the free-throw line and buried the charity shot for a 62-61 Geneva lead.

Opp inbounded the ball and pushed it across halfcourt before calling a timeout with 3 seconds left to play.

Opp inbounded the ball after the timeout and managed to work it in close to the basket, but a shot from the baseline glanced off the side of the backboard as time expired with Geneva holding on for a 62-61 win.

The game ended like it began.

Opp's Mariel Mount drained a three-pointer at the buzzer signaling the end of the first quarter to give the Bobcats a 19-15 lead.

Geneva rallied in the second quarter with a 12-4 run during the first five minutes of the second frame for a 27-23 lead.

Opp managed to outscored Geneva 7-4 the final two minutes of the first half, but remained one point behind the Panthers by a score of 31-30 going into the half.

The teams swapped baskets during the early part of the second half. Each team scored six points in the first four minutes of the third quarter.

The Panthers got run late in the third quarter and outscored the Bobcats 11-7 the final four minutes to go into the fourth period on top 48-43.

Opp would rally.

The Bobcats knotted the score at 52-52 with 5:17 left to play when Emanuel Lane hit a shot and was fouled. He drained the free throw for a 53-52 Opp lead.

Daniel Coleman stretched Opp's lead to 55-52 when he cut to the basket and made a lay-up. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.

Riley Flowers got Geneva within one point at 55-54 with a basket. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw and Opp was on top 55-54 with 2:40 remaining in regulation.

Sanches Stephens made one of two free throws and Lane drained a field goal for a 58-54 lead with 1:14 left to play.

The Panthers turned to their long-distance bomber for an answer.

Robert Cox delivered a direct hit when he drained a three-point shot from well beyond the stripe. It was his second long-range three of the game.

Cox's three pushed the Panthers to within one of Opp at 58-57 with 53 seconds left.

Tyrell Hunter stretched Opp's lead back to three points with two free throws. His second free throw gave Opp a 60-57 lead with 39 seconds left in the game.

Cox came up big again for Geneva by draining two free throws with 15 second left in the game to get the Panthers within one point of Opp at 60-59.

Geneva fouled quickly when Opp inbounded the ball and Tyrell Hunter made one of two attempts to stretch Opp's lead to 61-59 with 14 ticks left on the scoreboard clock.

Myhand got the ball and scored just as he was fouled to set up the eventual game-winning, three-point play.

Riley Flowers was the leading scorer for Geneva with 12 points. Robert Cox and Michael Threats scored 11 points each.

Emanuel Lane was the leading scorer for Opp with 13 points. Tyrell Hunter added 11. Daniel Coleman scored 10. Also scoring for Opp were Alphonso Harris, Sanches Stephens, Mariel Mount and Holt Parker.

The loss drops Opp to 10-10 overall and 2-4 in area play.

Geneva is now 10-11 overall and 2-4 in area play.

Geneva's win creates a three-way tie for the No. 2 seeding in the Class 4A, Area 3 Tournament. A coin toss will determine the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seedings for the area tournament.

The Lady Bobcats fell to Geneva by a final score of 51-45 after losing the first meeting 51-44.

Geneva is now 19-4 on the season and 6-0 in area play.

Opp falls to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in area play.

Geneva began the game with a 13-6 run and held a 23-17 lead at the halftime break.

Opp cut the lead to five points in the third quarter trailing 34-29 entering the fourth period.

The Lady Panthers, however, outscored Opp 17-16 in the final quarter for a 51-45 win.

Megan Bass paced Geneva with 19 points in the win. Kendall Niles added 12 points.

Sasha Musgrove was the leading scorer for Opp with 15. Kiara Henderson added 12.

Also scoring for Opp were Trinity Osborn, Ashley Mock and Kim Crittenden.

Geneva won the B-team game by outscoring the Bobcats, 44-34.

Zach Bryant paced the Panthers with 18 points. Greg Weary added 12.

Opp's leading scorer was Bryan Tillis. Also scoring for Opp were Demario Jones, Janico Mount, Zach Banks, Torshawn Brooks and Rodney Colston.

All three Opp teams will be back in action Thursday against Samson. The Opp teams also play on Friday and Saturday before taking Sunday off only to return to games on Monday and Tuesday. The Opp basketball teams will play five games in six days.

The games begin with B-team action at 4:30 p.m. followed by the girls' and boys' games.