Panthers Basketball Resilient Despite Injury
by S.C. Taulbee, January 31st 2020
January 20th, the Portland Community College (PCC) women’s and men’s basketball teams hosted the Southwest Oregon Community College (SWOCC) Lakers at the Cascade campus gym. Five bucks—or two bucks with a student ID—meant that if you didn’t arrive early, you were going to have a difficult time finding a seat in the bleachers.
The afternoon saw the Panther men’s team secure a spectacular win, 107-78, getting back at the Lakers for the 83-62 loss sustained by the women’s team.
With one of their top-scoring teammates, Tynesha Parnell, out for the foreseeable future with injuries sustained on the court earlier in the season, other members of the squad had to work just that much harder to keep the contest competitive.
Number 11, India Gultry—who, teammate Nadia Guadarrama says is usually relied upon to work the post—was explosive at both ends of the court, making plays with and away from the ball and coming away from the loss with an impressive 29 points, 13 boards, 5 steals, and 4 assists.
Teammates Karissa Postula and Victoria Hanson scored 10 and 9 points, respectively.
Though the game will put an X in the L column for the Panther women, the team played hard against the taller Lakers, managing to keep the margin within ten or fewer points for most of the contest. Considering the circumstances and the strength of their adversary, that was no small feat.
After the women’s game, Coach Tony Broadous and the men’s squad ran onto the court deliberately. Broadous is in his ninth season coaching the Panthers men’s team. He was recently inducted into the PCC Athletics Hall of Fame for the 2013-14 season, which saw the Panthers take the title in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
This season, their record coming into the game was one under five-hundred, so Coach Broadous was pulling for a win to put his team at three-and-three on the season in the NWAC.
His team, like the women’s, has been hindered by injury: one of the team’s top scorers—Darius Gary, who had been averaging 25 points per game—is out with a season-ending knee-injury sustained on the court earlier this year. Jorge Crawford and Taylor Howard are also out for the season. The team is rebuilding and has added two other players, Tariq Harris and Terrell Hicks, Jr., whom Coach Broadous calls talented and a great addition to the team.
Despite being absent some of their key players, the Panthers wasted no time in frustrating the Lakers, putting points on the board, pulling ahead early, and sustaining a sizable lead throughout the game which resulted in a dominating win.
“We will continue to work hard every day in the classroom and on the court,” Coach Broadous said. “As a team, we believe that although we have lost three games we can still win the conference title.”
Students, faculty, family, and friends kept the gym loud in support throughout the afternoon. Former Black Student Union Coordinator and staunch PCC Athletics supporter, Alex Davis, told me emphatically after the men’s team was done having their way with the Lakers: “This is our best game ever!”
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