Panthers begin B.I.T. by crushing Carlyle

Video highlights of the Panthers' win over Carlyle. (Doug Daniels Video)

Grant Jausel was one of three Panthers to score 11 points in Tuesday's win over Carlyle at the Benton Invitational Tournament. (Doug Daniels Photos)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / pinckneyvillesports.com

January 17, 2018

  (Benton, Ill.) - The Panthers wasted no time in jumping on their first opponent at the 2018 Benton Invitational Tournament, outscoring Carlyle 23-7 in the opening quarter on their way to a 70-37 mauling of the Indians on Tuesday night at Rich Herrin Gymnasium.
  Pinckneyville shot a blistering 61% from the field which included 8-for-14 on three-point shots. J.C. Moll, Dawson Yates and Grant Jausel each finished with 11 points to share the team-high in scoring. Those three included, six Panthers finished with at least 7 points in the game. 
  "With having school out, you can lack a little focus, you can come in and be kind of stagnant because you're not in your regular schedule," said PCHS head coach Bob Waggoner, "but our guys showed a lot of energy. I think the extra couple days helped them. I think playing Thursday (instead of Friday) we got our legs back and were fresh. We did a nice job of contesting passing lanes, switching on defense, and really giving them a hard time getting the ball in the post."

  Devin Kitchen had 9 points, all on three-pointers. Tanner Spihlmann added 8 points, Kyle Luke 7, Dustin Bartnicki 4, Grant Tanner 4, Kyle Kreger 3, Tyler Rice 2. Moll led PCHS with 6 assists, and also had a team-best 6 steals. Moll, Yates and Luke each grabbed 5 rebounds.
  "We really shared it well, shot it well, and played within our offense," Waggoner said. "What I really liked is that every guy that came in contributed. "
  "It's just one step. It's a long week, there are a lot of challenges. We just have to understand that tomorrow's another challenge with Sesser, put this one behind us, and come ready to play."
  The Panthers (17-1, 5-0) will look to move to 2-0 at the BIT on Wednesday night when they take on Sesser-Valier at 7:00 p.m. The tournament continues through Saturday.

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