Winter break is officially over and basketball is back in full swing. The Maxwell Panthers hosted their first home league game on Wednesday with a tough loss to the Quincy Trojans, 70-82.
Maxwell’s Trent Hendrix landed a hook shot at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 34-37 lead at the half, but they couldn’t maintain it once the Trojans warmed to the game.
“After not playing for three weeks, our team forgot to show up in the first half,” said Trojans’ head coach, Valerie Campa.
The Trojans came out in the second with a changed offense and put up 14 straight unanswered points on the Panther defense. Panthers junior Isaiah Cardenas nearly turned the game around for Maxwell in the fourth, scoring off five steals to narrow the score deficit 66-74, but the Trojans’ offense proved to be too much for the Panthers as they secured the win 70-82.
“Quincy came out with more fire and a desire to win in the second half than we did,” said Maxwell’s coach, Gustavo Rangel.
Maxwell’s top scorer was Cardenas, who put up 26 points, eight steals, and two blocks on the night. Daniel Lara added 16 points, and D.J. Windsor ended with 10 points for the Panthers’ offensive effort.
Maxwell traveled to Princeton Thursday to secure a 22-67 victory over the Eagles, for the second time this season. Maxwell hosts Esparto tonight at 7 PM. ■