MILWAUKEE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE 75, PARK 58:
The Panthers started out hot, but a wavering defense at the end of the first half and costly turnovers led to a loss to the top-ranked Novas at Milwaukee.
With five minutes left in the first half, Park (4-7, 1-3 SEC) led by four. At halftime, Academy of Science (13-2) led 44-26.
“We got a little sloppy in the last five minutes and allowed them to go on two big runs,” Park coach Tray Allen said.
The Panthers gave up 19 turnovers in the first half and 10 more in the second.
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” Allen said. “Once we as a team start taking care of the ball, we will start winning games.”
Junior forward Daeyzjuan Williams, the Panthers’ leading scorer (10.5 points per game) led them with 15 points, and sophomore forward Brayden Burgher added 13 points.
“I’ll take the blame for this one,” Allen said. “Twenty-nine turnovers is the coaches’ fault.”
Davion Hannah led the Novas, ranked No. 1 in Division 4 in the Associated Press state poll, with 18 points.
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