Panthers lose two at Brindlee Mountain



Cleveland’s Khalil Johnson looks to pass against Sardis in the first round of the Brindlee Mountain Tournament.

Cleveland’s Khalil Johnson looks to pass against Sardis in the first round of the Brindlee Mountain Tournament.

Cleveland split the first two games of the Brindlee Mountain Christmas Tournament.

In the first game Friday, the Panthers got out to a big lead (14-2) over 4A Sardis but then had to hold on down the stretch for a 58-57 victory over the Lions.

On the second day of the tournament, Cleveland (10-5) faced 4A North Jackson. The Chiefs feature a pair of 6’7 forwards and that made things tough on the Panthers. Cleveland stayed with the Chiefs for the first three quarters but North Jackson (11-2) pulled away over the final four minutes to win, 69-57.

With the loss, the Panthers played Falkville (8-5) in the third-place game Monday. In a back-and-forth contest, Falkville took control in the final minutes to win, 62-58.

North Jackson went on to win the tournament Monday, beating Randolph 79-62 in the championship game.