By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent
Josh Hale appeared to be a man on a mission last Tuesday (Nov. 27) in Spring Garden’s 46-36 victory over host Gaston.
Coming off of a broken arm he suffered during the football season, Hale rained down six 3-point baskets. Hale scored a game-high 25 points as the Panthers handed the Bulldogs their fourth straight loss of the young season.
The visitors raced to a 14-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Panthers led 25-11 at the half and 36-21 after three quarters of play. Gaston managed to cut the lead to 42-34 with 3:16 remaining in the game but could get no closer.
Gaston head coach David Wright was concerned about his young team.
“We are not evolved offensively. Our defense is holding our opponents to 30-40 points per game, but our offense is not where it should be. We’re taking a lot of off-balance shots, but we’ll come around and be competitive.”
Jackson Bogle led Gaston with 13 points, followed by Trevion Rooks with 11.