Black Panthers top Our Family in basketball tilt (VIDEO HERE!)

It took two months, but the Black Panthers and Our Family boys basketball teams finally met Saturday evening in East Baltimore. The match, featuring players from three-time reigning Baltimore Catholic League champion St. Frances Academy and last season’s Baltimore City public champ Poly, did not disappoint in front of a sparse crowd.

The Black Panthers held off Our Family, 72-68. Freshman Derik Queen posted a game-high 19 points for the Black Panthers, and Cortez Johnson and Johnanthan Lamothe each finished with 14.

University of Maryland-bound post Julian Reese scored nine of his 11 points down the stretch for the Black Panthers, who withstood a late second half push from Our Family. The teams reached the Gold Division final at the Panther Fall League, but decided not to play.

The Black Panthers led 35-29 at halftime, then upped the advantage to 52-42 midway in the second half after a follow-up by Reese. Our Family responded with a 13-5 run, capped with Kwame Evans’ basket, to pull within, 57-55.

Behind five straight points from Lamothe, the Black Panthers scored the next seven for a 64-55 lead. Our Family got to within three on several occasions in the final 90 seconds, but no closer.

Junior Bryce Lindsay scored a game-high 19 for Our Family, and Barry Evans added 14. Adam Walden (13) and Evans (12) finished in double figures.

Black Panthers 72, Our Family 68

Our Family – Bryce Lindsay 19, Barry Evans 14, Adam Walden 13, Kwame Evans 12, Tre English 7, Daniel Parsons 2. Totals 27 7-13 68.

Black Panthers – Derrick Queen 19, Cortez Johnson 14, Johnathan Lamothe 14, Byron Ireland 8, Julian Reese 11, Elijah Davis 4, Khyrie Staten 2. Totals 25 14-19 72.

Our Family 29 39 – 68

Black Panthers 35 37 – 72