For most of the game, the Pinnacle Panthers trailed Altamont by 10 or more points. But a spark ignited late in the fourth quarter and the Panthers came roaring back to pull within four points with 38 seconds left on the clock. The rally fell short, though, and Altamont prevailed 47-38.
Head coach Cameron Gardner said that if his team would play with the energy and heart they showed in their fourth quarter run, they could beat just about any team.
“It was a little too late to help,” he said. “I hope they learn from this and feel the urgency to step it up from the beginning of every game.”
Gardner also noted that they did a much better job of taking care of the ball in the second half of play.
The team has their toughest stretch of the season ahead with games on the road. Gardner says if they can just battle through this, they can look forward to home court advantage.
Javanni Alzayyat lead the scoring for Pinnacle with nine. Levi Rutherford and Isaiah Martinez added six each.