“All I wanted to do is come in and compete,” he said. “I’m not sure we did that the whole game, and it got ugly quick.”
The Panthers are young, starting sophomores Jerome White and Carson Gutman, juniors Yates and Max Butler and senior Chase Grevey. They are missing sophomore R.J. Greer, their best scorer and prospect with offers from Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Cincinnati.
Greer, who missed eight games last year and averaged 15 points, played the first four games this season before an ongoing foot problem ended his season. He had surgery about a month ago, and Bales said he should be back playing by June.
“We’d love to have him,” Bales said.
Lima Senior (6-4) did to the Panthers only what Centerville had done to them recently in a 90-43 loss. Otherwise, the Panthers had won three straight and four of five to recover from a 2-6 start. They defeated Troy 59-56, Miamisburg 64-45, Lebanon 83-56 and Beavercreek 68-58. They lost their first meeting to Beavercreek 58-49.
“The last four or five games I thought we played really well,” Bales said. “And today just wasn’t a good day for us.”