In a game that came down to the final possession, Campus' defense was too much in the end, forcing a turnover out of Derby to clinch a 56-53 home win Tuesday.
The two rivals fought back and forth for much of the night, with the difference maybe being an early drought from the Panthers in which Campus scored 13 unanswered to create an early 7 point spread.
Derby quickly erased the deficit, tying the game up in the second quarter with the Colts down two starters to early foul trouble. But the second quarter ended with the Colts going back on a run, coming back from five down to score the final eight points of the half and taking the lead on a Steele Chapman buzzer beater.
The Colts kept the momentum going to lead for much of the third, but Derby again came back to tie it up late, the teams trading buckets to start the fourth.
But down the stretch Thomas King provided enough offense for the Colts to go up 5 and never look back. Tre Washington got the game as close as one at 54-53, but Derby was unable to extend the game from there.
Sterling Chapman lead the way with 14 for the Colts, with Shawn Warrior adding 12 and King 10 in the win that kept Campus unbeaten atop of Class 6A. Isaac Ray and Nick Bonner scored 12 each in Derby's first blemish of the season.