STANLEY – The Doyline Panthers traveled to Stanley for a tough road matchup.
Doyline took their ‘A’ game on the road with them and played the much bigger Stanley team down to the wire.
However, it was not to be, as Doyline couldn’t steal this one, falling by a score of 63-58.
I thought we played pretty well against a much bigger team,” Doyline head coach Michael Normand said. “At the end of the game, we were down by 3 points with 30 seconds to go in the game and we just couldn’t secure a defensive rebound.”
Doyline made Stanley work for it all night, playing good defense and knocking down perimeter shots to put the homecrowd on upset alert.
“I thought Desmond Jackson had a good game tonight,” Normand said. “He knocked down five three-pointers for us.”
The Panthers were unable to get the ball back down by three in the late going as Stanley missed a couple of attempts at the basket.
Doyline is making strides though, as their youngest team in years tries to gel before they head into a tough district schedule.
“As I’ve said all year, we are a very young team,” Normand said. “But since the break it seems like we have grown up a little bit. Overall, I’m pleased with the effort of my guys, the kids played extremely hard.”
The Panthers will head back to practice in preparation for their next contest on December 8, versus Gibsland on the road.