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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Panthers punish Mustangs

  • Heber Springs punished Midland 80-26 on Thursday evening at the Panther Den as four players reached double figures while the Panthers held the Mustangs' top scorer to only six points.
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  • Heber Springs punished Midland 80-26 on Thursday evening at the Panther Den as four players reached double figures while the Panthers held the Mustangs' top scorer to only six points.
    "We played real well tonight," said Heber Coach Kevin Kyzer. "We like to play fast and we got tempo and found our comfort zone. We needed to be able to move the ball around and play some half court and we did that tonight some.
    "Our defense was solid tonight, our help was there all night. We could have done a little better job on the glass and a little better job on free throw shooting but other than that we played real well. We took care of the ball, didn't give up any many easy baskets tonight. They had to earn everything in their half court offense and when you do that you are generally going to come out on top," added Kyzer.
    Heber forward Mason Schroeder, who signed to play Division 1 basketball at Air Force last week, scored the Panthers' first three points, including a tough shot from left block over two defenders.
    After forward Michael Kramer sank a free throw, forward Spencer Grogan scored inside off an assist from guard Austin "Red" Adkins, who moments later scored in transition. Guard Waren Thomas Olmstead added a gliding layup while drawing a foul and he completed the three-point play, pushing the Panthers' lead to 11-0 with 4:44 left in the opening quarter.
    Olmstead picked a steal and found Kramer filling the lane for a layup and forward Hunter Chandler canned a free throw before the Mustangs ended their drought on a layup by guard Dalton Passmore, who got open off a back cut.
    Heber extended its lead to 21-6 after one quarter of play when Kramer swiped a steal under the basket and scored and the Panthers put the game away early, outscoring Midland 21-12 in the second period.
    Olmstead gave the Panthers a huge lift in the second with 11 points and Schroeder added four, while Adkins, Kramer and forward David Kuebler each chipped in two points.
    Schroeder tossed in 17 points in the third quarter, nailing three shots from beyond the arc, and Adkins added 10 points in the period as Heber's lead grew to 71-23 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    With the clock running continuously, the Panthers closed out the blowout victory by outscoring Midland 9-3 in the fourth quarter as Chandler scored four points, guard Chase Gallaway drained a three-pointer and Kuebler contributed a basket.
    Forward Braden Emerson led Midland (0-2) with six points, while forward Austin Passmore and guard Dalton Passmore each finished with four.
    Schroeder scored a game-high 24 points for Heber (1-1), Adkins followed with 16, Olmstead had 14, Kramer registered 11 and Chandler chipped in six.

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