VAN ALSTYNE — It was a classic barn-burner in the Van Alstyne varsity basketball home non-conference win over the Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy Eagles (8-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The neck-and-neck 58-56 Van Alstyne victory was easily one of the toughest challenges for the team this young season.

With a game this close, Van Alstyne relied on big performances from key players. CJ Leutwyler and Noah Boling gave the Panthers the offensive performances they needed to keep the razor-thin contest in their favor. Both players scored 16 total points each, with most of their scoring coming in the second half of play.

Other impressive Panther performances include Tyler Sperry — who scored eleven total points — and Samuel Tormos — who scored ten total points.

Mixing aggressive play with capitalization on scoring opportunities allowed Van Alstyne to maintain their small lead against a continuously attacking Eagles team. The Panthers would lead at the end of every quarter, leading by their biggest margin at the end of the third with a score of 45-42.

The Van Alstyne boys hope to ride this adrenaline rush into the Highway 5 Classic Tournament. The three day event starts on Thursday, Dec. 7, concluding on Saturday.

Also catch the boys in action on Friday, Dec. 15 as they hit the road to play Whitewright High School. Tip off starts at 7:30 p.m. The Van Alstyne Panthers will then take a brief holiday hiatus before resuming play on Tuesday, Jan. 2 with a home game against Farmersville.