In Tuesday night’s matchup between Tug Valley and the visiting Mingo Central, the Panthers clawed to a 67-59 win in the sequel of the Battle for Bloody Mingo.
In the first quarter, Caleb May and the Panthers came out like it was the Daytona 500. Caleb May scored the first four points for the Panthers, both baskets came on tough contested layups. However, these shots set the tone for the Panthers who played a tough physical style of basketball through out the first. At the 5:00 mark, Mingo Central found a way to get their first basket. Tug Valley went on a run throughout the first quarter that put the score at 16-4 at the end of the corner.
The feel of the game at the start of the second quarter was that of a blowout. On the other hand, the Miners from Mingo Central had other feelings spilling out into their play in the second quarter. Nathan May and Isaac Moore came out and absolutely lit up the scoreboard accounting for 14 of the Miners’ 20 points. Both scored seven apiece. The Miners defense picked up holding the Panthers to 10 points in the quarter. The score at the half came out to 26-24 with the Panthers up two.
Caleb May was still feeling it in the third hitting two threes to push the Tug Valley lead to eight.
The Miners answered with two threes of their own. At the 4:20 mark of the quarter, the Miners took their first lead 36-35.
It was a fast paced high scoring quarter that had Nathan May for the Miners Scoring 10 points in the quarter. He led all scorers in the quarter. Scoring totals for both teams was in the 20’s with the Panthers scoring 22 and the miners putting up 20 to keep it close with a score of 48-44 and the Panthers on top going into the fourth.
The moment of the game that coaches and players consider clutch time.
And in a game that to this point could go either way, the Panthers had a clutch performer step up. The Panthers’ Easton Davis came out and played solid most of the game, but his play in the fourth securing four offensive boards and putting two right back in for four points on the quarter helped him finish the game with 14 points along with 12 rebounds giving him a solid performance on the night and securing a win for the Panthers. The Panthers swept the Miners in the season series.
The Miners were led by Nathan May who walked away with 24 points.