Panther Basketball opened their season on the road against possible Sectional 21 opponent, Lakeland. With a great crowd traveling the night before Thanksgiving, the Panthers were able to hold off the Lakers in the final minutes to win 53-49.
The Panthers unselfish play and sharing of the ball led to 3 players in double figures. Ben Vincent led with 17, Trent Edwards had 12, and Senior Matt Dutkowski finished with 10. As a team, NorthWood assisted on 15 of 21 made baskets. Nick Bean and Edwards had 5 assists each and Brock Flickinger delivered 4 of his own.
NorthWood will travel to Muncie for a weekend shootout with the first game at noon.