Balanced scoring in rather dominating fashion continued for the Midlothian Panther basketball team Tuesday night in Mansfield.
The Panthers saw double-digit scoring contribution from four players in the 67-38 win against Mansfield Legacy in their District 10-5A opener.
"I thought we played a very good, complete game," Midlothian head boys' basketball coach Steven Middleton said. "We executed the gameplan at a high level, and I was very impressed with our defensive intensity and focus tonight. We limited a good shooting team to a bad shooting night."
Midlothian jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead before taking a 35-17 advantage into the halftime locker room. The Panthers then outscored the Broncos 32-22 in the second half behind Evan Marshall's team-high 13 points and seven rebounds.
Zeke' Bennett scored 11 points in the win, while Caleb Jordan and Jon McDonald each added 10. Nyk Madison finished with eight points, Swahn Gibson had seven, and Kaden Archie and Omari Bobbitt added four points, each. Moses Moore rounded out the scoring with one point.
As a team, the Panthers converted on 5-of-6 from the free throw line and knocked down 10 three-points to just two made shots from ranger for the Broncos.
Archie also dished out a team-high seven assists to help improve the Panthers to 12-3 on the season and 1-0 in District 10-5A.
Midlothian also found itself at No. 12 in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 5A poll.
The Panthers will shift from district action back to tournament play when they embark on the In-N-Out Burger Holiday Basketball Tournament hosted by Allen ISD. Midlothian begins the double-elimination tournament Thursday, Dec. 28 at 11:45 a.m. against Frisco Heritage at Allen High School.