The Van Alstyne Panthers started the Highway 5 Tournament off right with a, 77-49, victory over Covenant Christian on Dec. 7.

Van Alstyne would outscore Covenant in every quarter of play, scoring 20 points in the second quarter and 22 points in the third quarter.

Samuel Tormos and Austin Moore had great games with 14 and 12 total points respectively. With a strong defensive performance to go along with an aggressive offensive attack the Panthers cruised into an easy first win.

The Panthers lost a close one, 71-64, against the Reedy Lions in the Highway 5 Tournament on Dec. 7.

Despite a incredible 31-point performance from Van Alstyne’s Noah Boling, the Lions were able to keep up the momentum after putting up 19 points and taking the lead in the second quarter, 38-34.

A quiet third quarter would hurt the Panthers as they were outscored, 18-12, by the Lions — stretching the Reedy lead to, 56-46.

The Panthers would make the Lions sweat a little in the fourth quarter, putting up 18 points. But, Reedy would maintain its lead until the final buzzer.

Jackson Rogers would score six off the bench for Van Alstyne in the final minutes.

The Van Alstyne boys took a loss in their shoot out against Sherman, 67-64, in the Highway 5 Tournament on Dec. 8.

Boling put up an impressive 21 points, backed up with a 13-point performance by Tormos.

After a strong 18-point first quarter, the Panthers seemed to have control early in the game, however, the Sherman offense would strike back hard in the second quarter — putting up 24 points in the quarter.

This would put Sherman in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game, keeping the lead just out of Van Alstyne’s reach until the final minutes ran down.

The Panthers would give Denison Yellow Jackets a rough time in their, 86-58, win in their final game of the Highway 5 Tournament on Dec. 9.

Tormos led the way for his team with 18 points, five total players would score over 10 points for the Panthers.

The Panthers scored 22 total points over Denison’s 11 in the first quarter — giving them a large lead early. They would only cushion that lead with a 31-point third quarter, putting the Panthers up 69-40 into the final minutes of the game.

This victory put Van Alstyne, 2-2, in the Highway 5 Tournament, putting them in the winner’s bracket.