Shaky shooting dooms Panthers

Staff reports
Campbell-Savona’s Terry Pavlicktries to steal the ball from Naples’ Jake Ball.

Over the course of the game Wednesday, Campbell-Savona was better at the free-throw line than visiting Naples.??

However, with the game on the line in the final minute of play, Naples hit the two critical free throws that proved to be the difference in its 37-36 victory over Campbell-Savona.??

With a chance to build on a 36-35 lead with just 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Panthers missed the front end of a oneand- one. Naples quickly capitalized, hitting two free throws on its ensuing possession to take the lead.??

The Panthers had a couple of shots in the final seconds, but could not convert.??

“We got a good look and we missed, got an offensive rebound, got another good look and we couldn’t put it in at the end,” Campbell- Savona head coach Collin Wright said of his team’s final offensive possession. “They stepped up and hit (the free throws) when they had to and we missed some opportunities. And it wasn’t just (in the fourth quarter). We’ve got to score more than five points in the first quarter and we’re not in that spot.”??

Despite shooting just 13-of-23 (56.6 percent) from the line for the game, Naples came through when it counted most, connecting on 8-of-11 shots from the stripe in the fourth quarter. Campbell-Savona shot 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the line, but had some critical misses over the final eight minutes of play.??

Naples’ Luke Parker led all scorers with 13 points.??

Ryan Dilly netted a team-high 10 points to lead the Panthers, while teammate Mitchell Allen added nine points in the loss. Jake Wilson chipped in with two points and grabbed a team-best six rebounds for Campbell-Savona.??

Campbell-Savona (1-1) will host Wellsville at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Campbell-Savona’s Mitchell Allen cuts between two Naples defenders.