NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse – Fort Worth, TX
The North Crowley Men’s Basketball Program moved up 1 spot to #6 in the State in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ State Poll. Rankings however meant very little as the Panthers had a tough slate of Dist. 4-6A games last week as they were scheduled to play the 2 teams that were tied for 3rd place in the district standings (Arlington High & Arlington Bowie).
On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Arlington High School for a battle with the Colts. In the first round of district play, the Panthers pulled out a hard fought home win over Arlington 56-45… which saw the Colts in the lead as late as mid way through the 3rd quarter before the Panthers eventually prevailed. North Crowley was ready for another battle with the Colts to start off a very important week. Unlike the first game at NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse, the Panthers jumped on the Colts early in this contest and coasted for the 24 point victory, 67-43. Seniors Isaiah Wyatt & Isaiah Crawford led the Panthers in scoring with 23 & 22 points respectively. Jr. Guard, Tre Ballard joined the dynamic duo in double figure scoring with 11 for the game. Crawford also led the team in rebounds with 7 for the game. Sr. Wing, Chris Jordan led the team in steals with 5 and assists with 4. The Tuesday night win set the stage for a huge showdown for the Panthers with perhaps their biggest rivals in Dist. 4-6A, the Arl. Bowie Volunteers.
On Friday, the Panthers were to host the Volunteers from Arl. Bowie HS in what always seems to be a heated rivalry. The Panther and the Vols have locked up 17 times over the years with most of them having Dist. Championship ramifications tied with them. The Panthers have won 12 of those 17 match-ups. The game was also at NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse where the Panthers were 206-13 all time. In the first round of district action, the two teams had a defensive battle that went down to the final possessions of the game before NC pulled out the 49-45 victory. On Friday night, the story line read a little differently. The Panthers jumped on the Volunteers 13-0 early in this game forcing Arl. Bowie to have to burn 2 early timeouts. The Vols made a late 1st quarter, early second quarter run on the Panthers, but never took the lead and the Panther lead at the break was 8, 28-20. The Panthers got hot and poured it on in the 3rd quarter as they hit 6-6 from three in the period to extend their lead to 52-28 after 3 quarters. The Panthers continued their onslaught in the final frame as they finished with the 68-37 victory over the Volunteers. The 31 point win marked by far the largest margin of victory by either team in the rivalry. Sr. Guard, Isaiah Crawford was again the teams leading scorer with 28 for the game and leading rebounder with 13. Sr. Guard, Isaiah Wyatt scored 12 and had 5 assists. Senior PG, Michael Coleman had 5 assists and 0 turnovers in the contest. Sr. Forward, Jay Gates had a great as well as he had 10 rebounds for the game and led the Panthers in blocked shots with 3.
North Crowley continues Dist. 4-6A play next week versus a couple of Fort Worth ISD foes as they travel to FW Paschal High School on Tuesday to face the Paschal Panthers & then host the FW Young Men’s Leadership Academy on Friday at NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse. All District 4-6A games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm.