Panthers fall twice more as season comes to a close

Panthers fall twice more as season comes to a close

On February 14, 2018 our Hartnell Men's Basketball team faced a tough Gavilan Rams in a crucial game for the Panthers playoff hopes. Unfortunately, the Panthers were not able to muscle up a win even with their great play as they fell 96-89. It was a game that had Hartnell trailing and fighting back as hard as they could against a team that had already defeated the Panthers earlier in the season. There was no defense being played in this one, as Gavilan shot 50% from the field and Hartnell shot 55.4% from the field, the biggest difference was that the Rams shot an unbelievable 57% from the three off of 14 shots and held Hartnell to 25% shooting behind the arc off only 12 shots. Big time starters such as (#5) Kishon Rogers, (#23) Jesse Hurtado, and (#22) Spencer Conrad Combined for 58 points alone. Gavilan had two players score a combined 61 points for their team, and still finding ways to produce with everyone else. It was a tough loss and one that the Panthers couldn't bare as playoffs looked to be on the brink. The match with MPC followed in a classic rivalry game on February 16, 2018. The last time sophomores would be on the floor for the Panthers and needing this win for any chance at a playoff spot, players (#23) Jesse Hurtado, (#22) Spencer Conrad, (#5) Kishon Rogers, (#21) Carsen Williams, and (#15) Dallin Mortensen came out to ball. In a game which was completely opposite then last, Hartnell found itself in a defensive showdown as neither team shot better than 37% from the field and both were just under 21% shooting from the three. Sadly, MPC pulled away, mainly due to the fact that they got to the line for 31 free throw attempts and shot for 81%. (#5) Kishon Rogers produced 15 and (#22) Spencer Conrad made 19 points of his own yet, the Panthers would fall 66-59 ending their stellar season with an overall record of (13-13). We are proud of you Panthers!!!