By CRAIG HALL
CAMERON—Panama’s boys were right with Cameron after the first 17 minutes of play here Monday night.
The final 15 minutes were not as kind as Cameron used two big runs in the second half in a 53-34 win over the Razorbacks in the second game.
In the earlier game, Panama’s girls put the clamps on Cameron’s offense in a 29-19 victory.
After trailing by three points at halftime, Panama’s Anthony Milburn got a steal and a layup to cut Cameron’s lead to 22-21 early in the third quarter.
But Panama’s offense went stale just as Cameron heated up. Kenny Whitehead got an offensive rebound, scored, was fouled and made the free throw for a conventional three-point play.
In just three minutes, the outcome was pretty well decided as the Yellow Jackets went on a 14-0 run to build a 36-21 advantage over the Razorbacks.
The run was part of an 18-3 edge for Cameron to finish out the third quarter as the Jackets led, 40-24, at the end of the third quarter.
Trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, Panama staged a mini-rally to cut the deficit down to 44-32, only to see Cameron go on a 9-0 run to put the game away for good.
Ryan Carter scored five of the points in the run while Rodie Snell added the final four as the Jackets led 53-32 before turning the game over to the substitutes.
Carter finished with 19 points to lead Cameron, now 17-6, while Dylan Poor added 10. Panama, which played without Mark Garner, out with the flu, was led by Anthony Milburn’s 11 points.
Panama’s girls used a 13-8 advantage in the second quarter to build a 21-12 lead over Cameron in the first game.
In the second half, both teams struggled to score as Panama only added eight while Cameron had seven.
Panama, now 6-9, was led by Hannah Goines with nine points and Lauren Smith’s eight. Cameron, which won its previous game on a 3-pointer at the buzzer over McCurtain, was led by Kacey McGee’s 10 points.
Panama plays at Gans Tuesday while Cameron hosts Arkoma Friday.