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NYSSA – With the Idaho Parma Panthers in town on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Nyssa boys’ basketball team played 24 minutes of good, solid basketball. The problems came for the Bulldogs for the important final eight minutes. Ahead 48-47 in the final minutes of the game, Nyssa saw turnovers and the ability of Parma to make free throws shift the game with Parma leaving the Bulldog gym with a 56-49 come from behind win.
The first half saw the Dawgs jump out quick, leading by as many as nine points at the 15-6 mark. The Panthers fought back to knot up the score at 18 and again at 27 points before the Panthers took their first lead of the game just before the half, going into the locker room with a 29-27 lead.
Photo Gallery – Parma v Nyssa – Boys Basketball – John Braese
The second half started much the same as the first with the Bulldogs regaining the lead and into the fourth quarter, leading by as many as nine points at 45-36. After a timeout by Parma, a number of turnovers by Nyssa and strong free throw shooting and timely three-point shots by the Panthers saw the game take a turn. After taking the lead at the 47-46 mark, Parma finished the game with free throws to take the non-league victory.
For the game, the Bulldogs committed 23 turnovers with many of those coming in the final quarter of play.
“Turnovers killed us tonight,” said Nyssa coach Aaron Mills. “We played well for the first three quarters. With experience, this team will learn you need to finish games, especially when you have the game won.”
The final eight minutes of play saw Parma score 22 points including four three-pointers and nine free throws. For the game, the Panthers shot 68 percent from the free throw line, but only missed a single free throw in the final quarter.
Andrew Enders finished the game with 17 points for the Dawgs to lead Nyssa. Zach Kaulser ended his night with 11 points and Orin Stipe had 9 points. Nyssa struggled from the free throw line, going 8-for-17 or 48 percent.
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