NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse – Fort Worth, TX
The North Crowley Men’s Basketball Team has been on a role since an unexpected district loss to Arl. Bowie on January 5th. 8 straight double figure wins over district opponents including a crucial 84-62 win over Arl. Bowie at NCHS. The Panthers had set themselves up after the Bowie win to “control their own destiny”, but knew that it would probably take “winning out” to win an out right District 4-6A title… This week’s foes? Arlington Martin at home and travelling to Arl. Sam Houston.
The Panthers 25-5 (10-1) entered the home game vs. Arl. Martin 14-16 (6-5) with a certain milestone in their sites. The North Crowley Men’s Basketball Team had an incredible all-time record of 199-13 at NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse (93.9% winning percentage). Standing between the Panthers & number 200, was none other than the program with the most wins by an opponent (3) in Panther Fieldhouse, the Warriors from Arl. Martin.
The Panthers came out on fire offensively outscoring the Warriors 21-9 in the first period and really never looked back. In fact, the Panthers outscored Arl. Martin in all 4 quarters 21-9, 20-8, 21-13 & 15-8 for the decisive 77-38 victory. The 39 point win was by far the largest margin of victory by either squad in their long time rivalry. The Panthers were led in scoring by Jr. phenom and UCLA commit, Grant Sherfield with a game high 30 points. The Panthers were led in rebounding and blocks by Jr. wing, Isaiah Crawford with 9 & 4 respectively. Forward/Post Craig Jordan led the team in assists with 6 for the game to go along with 9 points and 7 boards of his own. Jr. wing, Isaiah Crawford joined Sherfield in double figure scoring with 10 for the game. The win moved the Panthers overall season record to 26-5, their District 4-6A record to 11-1 and their all-time home record to 200-13. *See Sherfield article at the bottom of the page.
On Friday, the Panthers traveled to Arlington’s Sam Houston High School to take on the Texans. The Panthers again started strong with a 24-10 first quarter lead & a 51-20 halftime lead. The Panthers coasted through the second half for the 83-62 district win. The Panthers were led in scoring and assists by Sherfield who recorded 17 points and 7 assists for the game. Sherfield was joined for “leading scorer” honors by fellow back court mate, Sr. Tayron Moffett who had 17 points including 5 triples. The Panthers also recorded a couple of 16 point performances by Crawford and Wyatt who also shared the honor of being the leading rebounders for the game with 6 apiece. The win over the Texans pushed the Panthers season record to 27-5 and their district mark to 12-1 which assured them at least a tie for the 2017-18 District 4-6A Championship. The District Championship will be the Panthers 16th district championship in 20 years. It will also mark the 19th time in 20 years the Panthers have made the post-season.
The Panthers close out District 4-6A play on Tuesday night with their last home game of the 2017-18 season at Panther Fieldhouse hosting the Mansfield Tigers. It will be Senior night for the class of 2018 Panther ballers who will be playing their last home game in Panther Fieldhouse. The Panthers will also play host to games between their 2 feeder middle schools. The Summer Creek Colts will take on the Crowley Middle School Panthers on the main floor with the 7th Grade A Team game starting at 5:00PM and the 8th Grade A Team game starting at 6:15PM. The Panthers Senior Night activities are scheduled to start at 7:30PM in the main gym of Panther Fieldhouse.
** The North Crowley Panthers’ Jr. Guard, Grant Sherfield also received honors this week as he was voted the Channel 5 Inside High School Sports “MVP” for his recent play and received a “Little Grant Bobble Head” and an opportunity to be interviewed on Inside High School Sports that aired on Sunday night after the winter Olympics. IHSS will upload the video of Grant’s interview to their website on Monday morning http://www.gamedayhighschoolsports.com/ihss/dallas/ “What a neat experience for Grant and so very well deserved. The young man is an incredibly hard worker and it’s always great to see that hard work rewarded” said Head Coach Tommy Brakel. “A recognition of 1 of our teammates is a recognition for all of our team!”