Panthers looking to finish second in district

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Despite a pair of losses last week, the French Camp Academy Panthers are hoping a strong end to the regular season will propel them to the second seed for the Region 6-1A Tournament that will start Feb. 18 in Sebastopol.

The FCA boys are currently 5-3 overall in league play and have district games against Durant and Ethel set for this week, before closing the regular season out on Friday with a non-league home contest against Nanih Waiya for ‘Senior Night.’

The French Champ boys lost to Eupora 64-53 last Monday before losing a heartbreaker to league foe Sebastopol 57-56 on Friday.

“We actually played well in both games,” said FCA boys head coach Tommy Ward. “Eupora is probably the best team we have played all year and at Sebastopol it came down to the very end. Free throws hurt us. We were only five of 17 while they were nine of 12. That’s the game right there.”

Nyang Wek scored 22 points to lead the Panthers against Eupora, while Michael Erving had 15 points and five rebounds and five assists and Tevin Harris had 10 points to go with four assists.

French Camp fell behind host Sebastopol 22-15 after one quarter of play before rallying to take a 31-30 halftime lead. The Bobcats led 46-41 after three quarters of play and held on for the win. Sebastopol is currently No. 1 in the district.

Wek leads the Panthers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Erving scored 15 points and Harris hit for nine.

The FCA girls opened last week with a solid 61-35 win over Eupora. Suna Kuac led the Lady Panthers with 17 points, while Anna Grace MacKenzie scored 12 and Myesha Scott hit for 10.

On Friday the Lady Panthers had their chances, but had a hard time getting some of their shots to fall in a 43-35 loss to Sebastopol.

FCA, which is 3-5 in district play, got 17 points from Kuac against Sebastopol, while MacKenzie scored six and Carlin West had five.