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Panthers Edge Villa Madonna

     The Augusta Panthers were on the road Saturday to face the Villa Madonna Blue Lightning.  In a game where offense was for the most part, offensive, the Blue Lightning would have a 10-9 edge after one quarter.  For most of the 2nd quarter, Villa Madonna outscored the Panthers 4-3.  That lead almost held up until Preston Philpot hit a go ahead three pointer gave Augusta a 15-14 halftime lead.

     The 3rd quarter would be dominated by the Panthers as they held Villa Madonna scoreless for just over five minutes in the quarter and they would hold a 23-18 lead going into the final period.  The home standing Lightning finally started putting up points in the 4th as they made up the deficit and took a late lead.  The Panthers had multiple chances late and could not convert.  Their 3rd chance to retake the lead in the final minute resulted in a Villa Madonna rebound and left Augusta needing to foul to stop the clock.  As the Panthers scrambled to foul a Blue Lightning player, Thomas Mains would get a steal and lay in the go ahead bucket with 4.1 seconds left.  After a pair of Villa Madonna timeouts they were able to get a good shot attempt but it would not fall as time ran out and the Panthers had the win, 35-34.

Stephen Cordle led the way with 11 points and he was joined in double figures by Thomas Mains with 10.  The win improved the Panthers to 11-13.

Scoring vs. Villa Madonna:  Cordle 11, Mains 10, Philpot 7, Ripato 3, Appelman 2, Eichenberger 2