A long second half scoring drought cost the Dexter boys’ basketball team as the Dreadnaughts saw a nine point lead vanish as they fell to Parma Western 48-33 Tuesday night.
The Dreadnaughts were sharp early as a Bobby Pnacek tip in at the buzzer gave them a 15-9 lead after one quarter.
Western would fight back and tie the game, but three-pointers by Marco Lucchesi, Colin Parachek, and Andy Durand and a basket by Zach Koone gave the Dreads a 26-17 lead with 1:22 left in the half.
This is when the wheels fell off the bus for Dexter.
Western hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to 26-20 at the break and the Dreadnaughts could not buy a basket in the third quarter as they were held scoreless and outscored 10-0 in the period, trailing 30-26 entering the fourth.
The scoreless drought would last over 12 minutes and they were outscores 19-0 before Andy Durand hit a lay-up midway through the fourth quarter.
Parachek hit an And-one to cut the Panthers lead to 38-31, but Western answered with a pair of triples to extend its lead to 15 with two minutes remaining.
Durand and Parachek scored 10 points each to lead the Dreadnaughts. Lucchesi added five points, while Pnacek, Caden Doll, Koone, and Antwan Ficklen scored two points each.