Posted On: 02/24/18 1:38 AM
Class 4A Regionals kicked off Friday night as Harrah played host to #6 Manifold. Many thought that Mannford would take care of business, but the Panthers had other thoughts.
Mannford came out hot taking a 12-4 lead early in the 1st. Harrah fought their way back and were able to tie the game at 14 apiece to end the quarter.
Manifold took control in the 2nd quarter. The Pirates had a balanced attack and were able to score easily around the basket.
Harrah stormed back in the 3rd quarter tho, playing stingy defense and forcing the Pirates into bad shots. The Panthers were able to keep it just close enough the entire game and were able to get quality stops late in the 4th quarter to secure an upset victory over #6 Mannford.
Brock Drew (Harrah) 2018 guard
Drew played inspiring basketball to help the Panthers upset Mannford. He was all over the place scoring multiple put-backs on his way to a team high 19 points. Drew is a lengthy guard who has a solid outside shot. He doesn’t necessarily have the most skill, but was able to outwork every other player on the court.
Brett Cunningham (Harrah) 2018 forward
Cunningham has been the Panthers best player this season. A 6’4 forward Cunningham has the ability to get past defenders and can finish well around the rim. He also has a nice shot out to the 3-point line. Cunningham came on strong in the 2nd half scoring 11 of his 15 points.
Mason Slama (Harrah) 2018 guard
Slama was key to the Panthers upset victory. The smaller guard was able to hit clutch shots in the 4th quarter and even converted an and-1 that gave the Panthers a lead they wouldn’t lose. Slama finished with 8 points in the game.
Jake Banfield (Mannford) 2019 point guard
Banfield was the most talented player on the floor Friday. The smaller guard has all the tools to be a solid point guard at the next level. Banfield shot the ball well, finished well around the rim, and was able to set up teammates for easy baskets. Banfield finished with a game high 22 points.
Devon Taylor (Mannford) 2019 guard
Taylor was the Robin to Banfield’s Batman in the 1st half. The lengthy guard shot the ball well from behind the arc and was a solid scoring option for the Pirates. Taylor scored 10 of his 12 total points in the 1st half.