The PBL Panthers blew past the Watseka Warriors in their regional semi-final face off on Feb. 25. The final score was 53-22.
Things looked promising for the Warriors to start the game as Watseka's Conner Curry put up a successful three-point shot just under a minute into the first quarter of play to give them a 3-0 lead. The Panthers' Trey VanWinkle then managed to put up two-points with 5:58 on the clock making the score 3-2. The Warriors' Brayden Haines was then fouled with just over five minutes left in the first quarter to extend Watseka's lead back to three points, 5-2. PBL's Coy was then able to put up a layup for two to put the score at 5-4. From there, the Panthers were able to grab the lead when VanWinkle was fouled twice and sent to the line to make three of his four shots to take a 7-5 lead. VanWinkle then managed a successful three-point shot followed by a full-court layup to run out the quarter with PBL in a seven-point lead, 12-5.
Quarter two moved rather slowly after Drake Schrodt managed a layup to put the Panthers at a 14-5 lead. The quarter remained scoreless on both sides until the 3:27 mark when the Warriors' Maddux Rigsby grabbed two points on a drive to the hoop. Watseka's Curry was able to score two-points after driving down the court on a fast break to make the score 14-9 with 3:11 on the clock. With just 2:06 remaining in the half, VanWinkle was able to sink yet another three-points before Coy put up two points to give the Panthers a ten-point lead 19-9. Coy was then able to turn around and put another three points on the board at around the 1:20 mark to give PBL 22 before Watseka's Giroux grabbed two points of his own to close out the half with a score of 22-11.
The third quarter is where things really took off for PBL. The Panthers managed a total of 16 points before Watseka was finally able to get themselves on the board with just two minutes left before the final quarter. The Warriors' Wittenborn was then able to then hit a successful three-pointer to give Watseka 16 points to PBL's 38. Watseka then went scoreless to close out the third quarter as PBL extended their lead by seven points making the score 45-16 to move into the final quarter of play. From there, the Warriors found themselves unable to overtake the extensive lead by the Panthers and suffered defeat 53-22 to end their season.
Trey VanWinkle led at the rim with a total of 22 points while Colton Coy grabbed 13 of his own. Jarred Gronsky also contributed nine points.
The win allowed the Panthers to move on to take on the Tuscola Warriors for the regional title on Friday night.