Panama starts fast, holds off Belfast

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jack Sperry connected six times from 3-point land to lead the Panama Panthers (VI)  to the NYS Class D semifinals with a 56-51 victory over the Belfast Bulldogs, Saturday evening.

In a game where Panama never trailed, Perry hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to pace the Panthers to an early double-digit advantage. Perry’s third triple of the quarter gave Panama a 12-2 lead. His next trey, two possessions later, made it a 15-4 game – the Panthers’ largest lead of the day.

Belfast’s Adam Enders scored a game-high 39 points on 13-of-35 shooting, but it proved to be not enough. The Belfast senior hit a trio of 3-pointers and converted 10-of-12 free throws. His rebound and putback knotted the game at 47.

From that point, Panama closed the game outscoring Belfast 9-4.

Panama’s Dominic Spontaneo connected on 4-of-6 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Gerrit Hinsdale had 10 points. Mitch Hovey handed out a game-high 10 assists, grabbed five rebounds and scored six points.

Cameron Barmoore hauled in a game-high 17 rebounds.

Despite Belfast outrebounding Panama, 15-6 on the offensive boards, the Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 11-6 in second-chance points.

Belfast converted 14 Panama turnovers into a 11-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Panama had a 16-14 edge in the paint.

Belfast’s Kevin McCumiskey grabbed 11 rebounds. Enders had 14. Enders finished his career second on the Section V active scoring list with 2,567 points.

Panama will play Oppenheim-Ephrahtah-St. Johnsville (II) in next Saturday’s semifinal.

PANAMA (18-6)
Jack Sperry 6-14 1-1 19; Dominic Spontaneo 4-6 0-1 12; Gerrit Hinsdale 3-5
4-6 10; Mitch Hovey 2-10 2-2 6; Cameron Barmore 3-13 0-2 6; Ryan Joslyn 1-1
1-2 3; Braden Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 8-14 56.
BELFAST (18-7)
Adam Enders 13-35 10-12 39; Kevin McCumiskey 2-15 0-0 6; Stephen Struckman
2-6 1-2 5; Alex Enders 0-3 1-2 1; Matt Weaver 0-0 0-0 0; Jason Drozdowski
0-0 0-0 0; Hunter Enders 0-1 0-0 0; Carter Guilford 0-0 0-0 0; Devin
Harriger 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 12-16 51.
Panama……………………   19   14    7   16  –   56
Belfast…………………..   14   11   10   16  –   51
3-point goals–Panama 10-27 (Jack Sperry 6-14; Dominic Spontaneo 4-6; Mitch
Hovey 0-6; Cameron Barmore 0-1), Belfast 5-37 (Adam Enders 3-19; Kevin
McCumiskey 2-12; Alex Enders 0-3; Hunter Enders 0-1; Devin Harriger 0-2).
Fouled out–Panama-Cameron Barmore, Belfast-None. Rebounds–Panama 37
(Cameron Barmore 17), Belfast 40 (Adam Enders 14). Assists–Panama 15 (Mitch
Hovey 10), Belfast 2 (Adam Enders 1; Alex Enders 1). Total fouls–Panama 16,
Belfast 15. Technical fouls–Panama-None, Belfast-None.

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