Was it the early low-percentage shooting, first-period foul trouble or running into a Coudersport team bent on petit larceny (seemingly endless steals)? In any case, Coudersport’s men’s basketball team was an unwelcome guest at Northern Potter on Tuesday, Jan. 28, taking an 85-58 decision from the never-quit Panthers.
Coudersport advanced to 15-2 overall, remaining perfect in the conference at 11-0.
Two teams, Smethport and Allegany-Limestone have distinguished themselves in defeating Coudersport this season. Northern Potter is now 6-10 overall, and 4-10 in conference play.
The first quarter, which ended with Coudersport up, 27-6, featured foul trouble and less-than-stellar shooting by the hosts. That was no surprise, as Panther head coach Derek Erway noted about Coudersport, “They’re fundamentally a good team. They came out shooting. The boys (his Panthers) played hard,” and never quit. Erway admitted that foul trouble caught up with the Panthers early. He noted, however, “We improved since last time (the two teams met).” That was Jan. 2, when Coudersport’s Falcons administered a 57-9 drubbing of the Panthers.
On Jan. 28, it seemed that whenever the Panthers scored a late basket, the Falcons “turned it up another notch,” according to Coudersport head coach Scott Easton.
For the Panthers, Carter Anderson led with 25 points, but Coudersport’s Hayden Keck led the field with 28, including 11 in the third quarter. Five Falcons hit double-figures.
Northern Potter’s lone remaining season game is set for February 10 at Williamson. Game time is 7:30 pm.