The Miami Trace Panthers tipped off the 2017-18 basketball season Friday night with a home game against the Waverly Tigers.
In a very exciting game, played for the most part at a hectic, quickly up-and-down-the-floor pace, the Tigers came away with an 88-77 victory.
Miami Trace senior Cameron Carter was the game’s high scorer, pouring in 31 points. He hit two three-point baskets and went 15 of 17 from the free throw line.
Senior Darby Tyree tallied 24 points, with three threes and 7 of 8 shooting from the foul line.
Panther junior Austin Brown led his team on the boards with eight rebounds.
There were a lot of fouls called in the game and both teams had many opportunities at the free throw line.
Miami Trace made 26 of 29 charity attempts for 89 percent.
Waverly went to the line for 36 attempts, sinking 26 of those for 72 percent.
Junior Cody Remington led four Tigers in double figures with 20 points.
Junior Landon Hoover and junior Easton Wolf both scored 12 points and senior Ethan Adrian scored 10 points.
“From a first-game standpoint, we’re going to be pretty happy with 77 points,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Pittser said. “The problem is, we can’t get in the habit of giving up 80-some points.
“The good news for us is that, we feel like a lot of the reasons we gave up so many points tonight are things that are fixable,” Pittser said. “We like the fact that we were pretty potent on offense, 77 points, even with a lot of those points coming from the free throw line. I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to score the ball that easily.
“There were a lot of positives tonight,” Pittser said. “Obviously, you’d like to come out on the winning end. But, Waverly’s a good basketball team. They are very well-coached (by Travis Robertson) and they have a lot of kids back. They’re going to win a lot of games.
“We just told the kids to keep it on the positive,” Pittser said. “We’ve got a lot of growing still to do and we’re going to go from there. We’ll get a couple of days work in to get ready for Logan Elm.
“This is going to be a process all year long and we want to continue to grow,” Pittser said.
Miami Trace took a 7-0 lead to start the game.
The Panthers later led by as many as eight points at 14-6.
Waverly fought back and pulled to within two points at the end of the first quarter, 19-17.
After trailing by eight, Waverly took a lead of seven points, 32-25 at one stage in the second quarter.
This time, it was the Panthers’ turn to find their way back, going on a 12-2 run to take a 37-34 lead with 1:40 to play in the first half.
The lead changed hands three times in the final moments of the second quarter, with Waverly taking a 40-39 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter turned out to be the lowest-scoring period of the otherwise prodigiously offensive game.
The Tigers outscored the Panthers, 16-11 to take a 56-50 lead after 24 minutes of play.
The Panthers were able to get to within five points of the Tigers twice in the early going of the fourth quarter.
Waverly led by 11 points (64-53) with 6:13 to play in the game.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 16 points (71-55) with just over four minutes remaining.
The Panthers thrice pulled to within nine points, but that was as close as they would come in the final 2:55 of the game.
Miami Trace will be back in action Tuesday at home against Logan Elm.
The freshman game starts it all off at 4:45 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
MT 19 20 11 27 — 77
W 17 23 16 32 — 88
MIAMI TRACE — Cameron Carter 5 (2)-15-31; Darby Tyree 4 (3)-7-24; Brett Lewis 1 (2)-0-8; Austin Brown 2-2-6; Matt Fender 2-0-4; Heath Cockerill 0-2-2; Austin Mathews 1-0-2. TOTALS — 15 (7)-26-77. Free throw shooting: 26 of 29 for 89 percent. Three-point field goals: Tyree (3), Carter (2), Lewis (2). Combined field goal shooting: 22 of 55 for 40 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 7 of 24 for 29 percent. Rebounds: 29 (10 offensive). Assists: 9. Steals: 11. Blocks: 4. Turnovers: 21. Personal fouls: 25. Bench points: 6. Second chance points: 11. Points off turnovers: 8.
WAVERLY — Cody Remington 6-8-20; Landon Hoover 2 (2)-2-12; Easton Wolf 5-2-12; Ethan Adrian 2-6-10;Clayton Howell 2 (1)-2-9; Ethan Dunn 2 (1)-2-9; Bailey Pennington 2 (1)-7; Cobe Marquez 1-4-6; Jake Reed 1-1-3. TOTALS — 22 (6)-26-88. Free throw shooting: 26 of 36 for 72 percent. Three-point field goals: Hoover (2), Howell, Dunn, Pennington, Reed. Combined field goal shooting: 28 of 57 for 49 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 6 of 23 for 26 percent. Rebounds: 35 (12 offensive). Assists: 11. Steals: 10. Blocks: 0. Turnovers: 17. Personal fouls: 24. Bench points: 44. Second chance points: 5. Points off turnovers: 16.
Panthers win j-v game over Tigers
In the junior-varsity game Friday, Miami Trace defeated Waverly, 42-33.
Cody Brightman was the game’s leading scorer for Miami Trace with 14 points. He connected on four three-point field goals.
Dylan Bernard scored eight for the Panthers, Kyler Conn scored seven, Colin Farrens had six points, Trevor Barker scored five points, including hitting one three-point basket and Wyatt Cory had two points.
Jake Atwood also played in the game for the Panthers.
Zack Brown led the Tigers with eight points.
Grayson Diesel scored five, Tanner Smallwood, Zeke Brown and Phoenix Wolf each scored four points and Haydon Shanks added two points.
Editor’s note: Friday, Dec. 1 was long-time Miami Trace scorebook-keeper Tom ‘Chatter’ Harris’ birthday. Happy birthday, ‘Chatter’.