It took about a half for the Latta Panthers to shake the Byng Pirates Tuesday night inside the Bill Koller Field House. But in the end, coach Donnie Husband's team proved to be too much and won going away, 56-41.
"I really thought in the second half, or midway of the third until the end, we had some great possessions off of set patterns," Husband said. "We got active defensively and kept the ball in front of us.
"I think they have a good team, and they are so well coached. Most of the time, we don't come in here and get out with a win."
In the girls game, the Class 4A, No. 7-ranked Lady Pirates wasted little time showing why they're so highly thought of in the rankings by jumping to a 13-3 lead en route to a dominating 58-38 victory over rival Latta.
Not that the Lady Panthers didn't stand up to the Lady Pirates.
"We didn't give up," said Latta coach David Tinkler, whose team in now 9-6 for the season.
"We played hard, but they have a nice team and some really talented players. We can't be shooting ourselves in the foot.
"We're not the kind of team that can fall behind by a lot and then shoot our way back into it. We have to keep it close to have a chance at the end."
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