The Paxton Tigers (17-2) overpowered the Hershey Panthers 56-33 Tuesday on the Panther’s court.
Paxton’s 6’-11” senior Blake Brewster put on an offensive and defensive clinic, scoring 12 of the team’s 18 points in the first quarter while denying Hershey offensive penetration.
The Panthers were unable to score in the paint. Each attempt at a shot under the basket ended in a rejection by the big center.
That forced Hershey (12-7) to shoot outside, where they found little success finding the mark. All of their first half buckets came from beyond the three-point line, but they were only able to connect on four of them as most shots rimmed out.
Hershey had no answer for Brewster as the Tigers continued to lob high passes to him for easy buckets.
Down by double digits, the Panthers continued to fight but were unable to get consistency in their outside game. Even so, they managed to hit eight three pointers on the night for 24 points, but they only had two baskets from inside the line.
Brewster was a one-man wrecking crew, leading the Tigers with 32 points. Teammate Dayo Kennedy hit double figures with 11.
Hershey’s Garrett Brannan came off the bench to lead the Panthers, scoring six points on a pair of long bombs. Sage Young hit a trey and added two free throws to score five.
It was obvious that the Tiger game plan was to limit Hershey’s hot shooting Cayden Spearman from getting open looks. They used guard Alex Kriha to stick on him throughout the game and limited the high scoring junior to just three points.
Paxton was 13-21 from the charity stripe and Hershey was 5-8.
Next, Hershey stays at home to battle rival St. Pat’s (17-2) Thursday.
Paxton returns home to face Sutherland (11-6) Thursday.
Score by quarters:
Hershey: 8 – 6 – 9 – 10 — 33
Paxton: 18 – 17 – 12 – 9 — 56