February 28, 2024

PCM boys open season with loss to Knoxville

Mustangs can’t overcome tough shooting night against Panthers

Gavin Van Gorp

KNOXVILLE — A tough shooting night plagued the PCM boys’ basketball team on Tuesday during a 65-56 road loss to Knoxville.

The Mustangs and Panthers were tied at halftime, but the home team pulled away in the second half in part because PCM shot 4-of-17 from 3-point range and made only 6-of-18 from the free-throw line in the non-conference contest.

Jacob Wendt and Gavin Van Gorp both scored 17 points to lead the Mustangs. Wendt added six rebounds and four assists and Van Gorp chipped in three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Jacob Wendt

Chase Wagaman had eight points and two boards, Kaleb DeVries tallied four points, three rebounds and two steals and Jack Jungling contributed four points and three rebounds.

Easton Webb grabbed four boards, Cutler Vandelune scored three points and Gavin Steenhoek, Jacob Elrod and Alex Wendt all pulled down two rebounds.

The Mustangs (0-1) shot 42.6 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 11 times.

The game was tied at halftime, but Knoxville (1-0) outscored the Mustangs 15-10 in the third and 21-17 in the fourth.

Landen Norris led the Panthers with 24 points and six rebounds and Lincoln Norris added 14 points.

Knoxville shot 39 percent from the floor but made 12-of-27 from 3 and hit 13-of-18 from the foul line. It committed 14 turnovers.

Chase Wagaman