With a turn around game less than 24 hours from Friday night's tip against all-everything guard Sebastian Telfair and Brooklyn Lincoln High before a sold out crowd at Louisville Gardens Saturday evening, you can bet Mabrey would have preferred to pull away and rest his starters for tomorrow's showdown.
Sebastian Telfair (ITV)
Unfortunatley for the Panthers, that didn't happen.
After building a 17 point half time lead, PRP's reserves wilted against Western's full court pressure. The Warriors cut the lead to 13 at the end of three quarters and before you knew it, the Panthers lead was just three with under two minutes remaining in the game.
But some big plays down the stretch by PRP's JuJuan Spillman and Phillip Morrison put the game away, and the Panthers escaped with a 69-62 victory.
Individually, 6'10 U of L signee Terrance Farley started like gang busters. He owned the back board, particularly on the defensive end, in the first frame and posted a double-double before halftime despite facing the Warriors 2-3 zone that was clearly designed to stop him (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Farley scored three field goals in the first 16 minutes of action, two of the monster dunk variety, and one on a nice catch and finish in traffic in the lane. He was 4-5 from the line and also had the game's highlight moment when he came from nowhere to swat a certain Warrior layup on the break.
In the second half, Western did a good job adjusting and keeping Farley off the boards. They turned up the heat full court on the Panthers and shot lights out from beyond the arch to get back in the game.
Farley finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Ten of his rebounds came at the defensive end.
Spillman, who did not start, was slow to get into the flow offensively. He finished with just two points, both free throws, and missed all four of his shots from the field. He did have two key assists late in the game to thwart the Warriors come back bid.