Omari Bobbitt scored a season-high 20 points, and the Class 5A No. 18-ranked Midlothian Panthers got back into the win column on Monday night with a 59-45 victory over Irving Nimitz at MHS Gymnasium.
Nyk Madison added 17 points for the Panthers (8-5), who outscored Nimitz in every quarter. MHS took a one-point edge at the end of the first, then outscored Nimitz 16-9 in the second and 12-7 in the third.
Other scorers included Corbin Green with six, Trevor Wyckoff with five, Jackson Tollefsbol with four, Kelton Williams with three and Taylor Tobey, Paden Harris and Haylen Mattiza with two each.
The “dub” was exactly the palate-cleanser the Panthers needed following the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Barbecue Classic, where a series of close defeats left them with a 1-3 record in the tournament. The losses dropped the Panthers six spots in this week’s Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 5A boys poll.
The Panthers opened the tournament with a narrow 56-52 loss to Shreveport (La.) Southwood on Thursday afternoon.
MHS bounced back in the consolation bracket later Thursday with a 68-57 win against Class 4A No. 21 Wilmer-Hutchins.
On Friday afternoon, the Panthers lost a heartbreaker to Waco Midway, 62-61, in the consolation quarterfinals.
The loss dropped MHS into a guarantee game later Friday, where the Panthers departed with a 63-57 loss to Lubbock Monterey.
Next up for the Panthers is a non-district visit to Mesquite High School on Friday night at 8 p.m., followed by a home contest against Burleson Centennial next Tuesday night at 8 p.m.