Flyers get past Panthers in a tale of two halves


Alex Orr rushes past an East St. Louis defender during last Friday evening’s game. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Alex Gruberman)

It was a tale of two halves for the O’Fallon Panthers last Friday when they took on, and ultimately fell, to the East St. Louis Flyers.

In the first half, the Panthers had a hard time getting baskets to fall in, had a hard time rebounding, and had a hard time stopping East St. Louis. By halftime the Panthers would trail the Flyers, 38-21. Head Coach Brian Muniz said it was obvious that his team wasn’t playing with their typical energy.

“We just didn’t come out with our usual energy. It was an unusual sight,” Coach Brian Muniz said.

Whatever Coach Muniz said during halftime worked, because the Panthers came out roaring and went on an unanswered ten-point run. The Panthers would cut the deficit down to only six points at one time, but the Flyers continued to battle throughout the second half and hit some big shots late in the fourth quarter to solidify their 72-58 victory.

Burke Watts and Alex Orr finished the night with double digit points.

While Coach Muniz had a lot of praise for his team, he also touched on a few key mistakes his squad made after the game.

“There was a lot of miscommunication on defense, especially late in the fourth quarter,” Muniz said. “We fought throughout the whole game and at no point in the game did we just give up.”

Muniz didn’t let the loss drag him down though and was already looking ahead to their next game.

“We just have to push this game aside and work on getting ready for the next game,” he said. The Panthers return to the court on Friday against Collinsville High School and will return to the Dome on February 4 for the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout.