Panthers continue search for rhythm

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The Maxwell panthers have been down on their luck over the past couple weeks, falling short in their last three conference match-ups. Hoping to break their losing streak, the Panthers hosted the Quincy Trojans (19-4) on Feb. 5, but fell short in a 72-42 final score.
“We have had some critical injuries these past weeks,” said head coach Gustavo Rangel. “We have been out hustled and out worked by some tough competitors.”

Quincy controlled the ball most of the game starting with the tip-off and never let up. With Maxwell’s 6’1 senior guard, Trent Hendrix out, the Panthers looked to Isaiah Cardenas and Tony Lopez to keep the score gap minimal. The ball and hoop seemed to not mesh well for the Panthers in the first half, missing eight lay-ups. The Trojans grabbed a 38-23 lead by halftime.

The Panthers turned their offense around after the half, shortening the Trojans lead by just eight. What seemed to be a rhythmic comeback was short lived by Maxwell as Quincy’s Cameron Dingel fired 3-point shots in a continuous fashion. Maxwell’s defense worked to Quincy’s advantage placing the Panthers in an irrecoverable score deficit and a 72-42 loss.
On Friday, the Panthers took on the Biggs Wolverines, but came home with another loss, 38-32.

Maxwell will travel to Esparto this evening for a 6:30 PM conference match-up game time. ■

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