AMBER — The Dibble Demons defeated the Amber-Pocasset Panthers Tuesday night 46-30 in the final Grady County Tournament first round game.
It was an even start, with hosts Panthers doing their best in front of a home crowd. Slowly, the Demons took control and now face Minco in the semifinals on Friday.
Brandon Townsend and Kaden Kennedy both helped put the Panthers on top scoring early in the first minutes of play. Dibble was quick to respond with a three point shot, but it would still be a while before they gained the upper hand.
After another three point shot and a few layups scored by the Panthers, the Demons then answered back with multiple buckets under the basket, closing the gap. A Dibble three ensured it was all even after one quarter of play.
The Second quarter played just as close as the first with both teams playing aggressive defensively and attacking the ball with neither team gaining a decisive lead till the final minute of play. Stanton James lead Am-Po in points during the second quarter with three, while Dylan Vesser and Murphy Douglas contributed two points apiece. With the Panthers hanging around, the Demons used halftime to adjust.
“It was one of the toughest games I’ve ever had to coach,” said head coach Damon Garner. “I felt like we had to make some defensive adjustments. Kaden Kennedy was hurting us down low and we had trouble stopping him. I feel like we did better in the second quarter and played better overall in the second half.”
Austin Browning helped his team to the lead scoring the first points early in the quarter with some clutch offensive rebounds. A pair of threes from Browning and Logan Ruiz put the Demons up by six at halftime.
Dibble separated themselves from the Panthers even more in the third quarter, shooting from beyond the arc and making their free throws. It allowed them to slow the game down and run the clock out.