The first few minutes of the Friday night game between Derby and Andover seemed to be leading to a Panthers win before the Trojans began to dig into the deficit. Ultimately, the Trojans walked away with a tough 46-43 win over the Panthers.
Derby got off to a fast start defensively. The full court press was a problem for Andover forcing turnovers on steals and errant passes. Once the Trojans figured out how to advance the ball, they were able to run their offense to get looks at the basket, only they weren't falling.
During the drought for the Trojans, Derby was able to build a double digit lead. Isaac Ray and Nick Bonner, both upperclassmen for the Panthers in numerous ways, each tallying a layup off of a steal in the first quarter.
The second quarter is where the game changed for the Trojans. Jack Johnson paved the way for the Trojans to come back, finding open teammates as well as hitting big shots.
Johnson's biggest shot of the game came with 10 seconds to go when he hit a layup to ice the game over the Panthers.
Derby looks to get back on track when they travel to Salina South while Andover hosts Liberal.