Basketball has always been a game about runs.
The Pennfield boys’ basketball team has found themselves going on a nice run of their own as of late.
The Panthers defeated visiting Maple Valley, 62-48 on Tuesday night in Kalamazoo Valley Association action at Pennfield High School.
The win brings the Panthers’ home win streak to five games, along with winning four of their last five contests.
“Since the Harper Creek game – and that little wake-up call – it seems like we are starting to find a little chemistry and guys are starting to find roles, people are starting to play a little better,” said Pennfield head coach Steve Grimes.
On Tuesday, Pennfield (9-9) dominated Maple Valley (11-6) from start to finish, finding success on both ends of the floor early and often.
“We ran a lot of plays the first half. We came off screens and made layups and looked like we knew what we were doing,” said Grimes.
The Panthers even took a 19-point lead into halftime.
“I knew we had a chance to beat them if we played well,” Grimes said. “(The halftime lead) shows me that this team is capable on a given night of beating some good teams.”
The Lions threatened to come back in the second half, as they hit five 3-pointers. But the Panthers worked the ball inside, drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line.
Pennfield will host their last three games at home, giving the Panthers a big advantage and a bigger opportunity to bring some momentum into the playoffs.
“Our goal is to have a winning season, each game matters right now,” said Grimes. “We were 2-5 at one point, we were 6-9 at one point, and people wrote us off. The kids have really done a good job and just been sticking together and staying positive. Good things are starting to happen. I’m real proud of that. They are playing to have a successful season.”
Sam Duckham led Pennfield with 15 points, six rebounds and two steals. Jake Grimes also added 13 points. Ryan Lowe finished with six points and 12 rebounds and Brayden Bennett had 10 assists.
Maple Valley was led by Austin Gonser and Sammy Benedict, who both had 15 points. Micah Bromley added eight points as well.