The Hershey Panthers ran away from the Sutherland Sailors Tuesday 69-48 for their third straight win.
The Panthers (7-4) opened the game with a three-point bucket by Nolan Benjamin and never looked back.
Hershey was too tall and their bench too deep for the Sailors.
The Panthers led 17-11 at the end of the first period and outscored Sutherland by 11 in the second to take a commanding 15-point lead into the locker room.
Both teams scored 15 in the third, but Hershey came back to outscore the Sailors by five in the final period to seal the 21-point win.
Tyler Johnson led the Panthers with 15 points. Teammate Benjamin scored 14, McKade Smith, 13 and Kacy Trusty 9.
Hershey was hot from outside, scoring six treys in the game. Johnson had three and Benjamin, Smith and Kyler Banks sank one apiece.
Hershey Coach Dustin Jorgenson was pleased with the performance.
“You know I have been telling our kids they need to play with heart and hustle for 32 minutes and I think they did that tonight,” he said. “And everybody contributed, that is what we have to do every game. It was a team effort all the way around.”
Ryan Richardson was the high scorer for the Sailors with 12. Teammates Bennett Floyd and Dylan Hiatt each chipped in 8.
Next, Hershey will travel to Valentine Friday to battle the Badgers (1-8).
“They are scrappy and athletic, we will have to go there ready to play and be locked and loaded,” Jorgenson said.
Next, Sutherland (2-6) is at home Friday facing Cambridge (8-2)
Score by quarters:
Hershey: 17-17-15-20 – 69
Sutherland: 11-8-15-14 — 48