DOYLINE – The Doyline Panthers played host to the Weston Wolves Friday evening to open their district schedule.
The two schools have got to know each other well over the years, and inside a slam-packed gym, no love was lost between the two rival schools. The Panthers and Wolves treated the crowd to a classic with Doyline, unfortunately, coming out on the losing end, 68-62.
Doyline came out energized, seizing the early lead thanks to a rebound-and-run attitude. After one quarter of play, the Panthers held a 13-10 lead.
Fouls began to pile up for both teams in the second quarter, which slowed the rhythm of Doyline and allowed Weston to surge to a 32-29 lead at halftime.
At the break, both teams had multiple starters with three fouls.
Coming out of the break, Weston went on a shooting spree, knocking down 3-pointers from all around the arc. By the time the hot-handed Wolves cooled off, Doyline was down 50-40.
Late in the third quarter, the Panthers made a run, thanks to the inside-outside combo of Xaveion Jackson and Tyreck Wilson. Doyline finished the quarter on 13-2 run and the game was up for grabs.
With Xaveion Jackson suffering from cramps and Desmond Jackson going to the bench after a blow to the head, Weston took control of the physical affair, jumping back out to a 10-point lead. Doyline tried to mount one last run, but came up six points shy of sending the game to OT.
Jatavion Jackson led the Panthers with 16 points, followed by Xavieon Jackson with 14, Desmond Jackson with 13 and Tyreck Wilson with 11.
Doyline travels to Castor for another district game on Tuesday.