BOYS’ BASKETBALL

An early first quarter deficit did little to derail Panorama’s plans at revenge last week.

Zach Rizzuti’s 25 points off the bench propelled the visiting Panthers to a come-from-behind double digit win over AC/GC Dec. 14.

PHS slung together a offensively plump second half while locking the hometown Chargers down.

One of AC/GC’s three victories last winter came over Panorama as the Chargers (2-5) once again were riding high off snapping their 21-game win streak in a victory over Glidden-Ralston a night prior. But AC/GC mustered just five third quarter points Dec. 14 after lurching out to a two-point halftime lead, surrendering control to Panorama.

The Panthers outscored the Chargers 33 to 17 over the final two quarters, turning the small deficit into a 14-point win, 62-48.

Rizzuti drilled nine of his 16 shot attempts, pulling in a team-high eight rebounds. Junior Kolby Shackleford formed a more-than-suitable sidekick as he chipped in 17 points on five-of-nine shooting, including a blistering three-of-five night from beyond the three-point line.

The stout Panther defense produced 14 steals.

Shackleford is currently leading Panorama in scoring at 14 points per game, knocking down a blistering 52 percent of his shots, connecting on 15 three point attempts at a 47 percent clip. Those marks are tied for sixth in the conference (threes) and the third best shooting percentage among players with at least 10 makes.

Rizzuti bumped his scoring average up to 12.8 points per game and a team-leading 5.6 rebounds per game. Rizzuti is also tied for the team lead in steals with Gracen Welberg at 12.

The Panthers improved to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in West Central Activities Conference play.

PHS was home Tuesday against Ogden, results were not available at press time.

They’ll close out the first half of the season with games at Mount Ayr Thursday night and at home against Woodward-Academy Friday. The Panthers return to the court Jan. 3 as they host IKM-Manning. The Wolves are 4-3 overall, suffering back-to-back losses to Treynor and Exira-EHK.

AC/GC dismantles WCV in bounce-back win

The AC/GC Chargers got back on the winning track in a big way Monday night, nearly matching their 2017-18 win total with a 92-58 beat down of West Central Valley in Stuart.

The Chargers bust out of the gates, racking up a 19-point first quarter to take a 15-point lead. The Wildcats woke up in the second quarter, exploding for 23 points to trim the AC/GC advantage to 11 (38-27).

That’s when the AC/GC Chargers locked in, erupting for 24 points over the next eight minutes while holding the Wildcats to nine points, extending their lead to 26. The Chargers weren’t done scoring just yet, as they rang up a game-high 30 points in the final frame, cruising to the monumental victory.

The loss dropped West Central Valley to 0-7 on the year, their fourth game this winter in which they’ve allowed at least 90 points. The Wildcats have lost 17 straight dating back to Jan. 16 of this year.

West Central Valley is surrendering an average of 93 points per game, having only scored more than 50 points on two occasions.

AC/GC’s Bryce Littler leads the Chargers in scoring at 13.4 points per game, knocking down 45.3 percent of his shots.

WCV’s Brice Seachrist is averaging 10 points per game.

AC/GC is back in action tonight, hosting Coon Rapids-Bayard while they close out the first half of the season Friday against I-35.

The Chargers return to the court Jan. 4 as they host Woodward-Granger.

WCV is home against Southeast Warren tonight then home again against Van Meter tomorrow evening. They’ll take a break before opening action again on the road at Panorama Jan. 4.