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FW Paschal recovers to defeat Arlington Lamar

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The shots weren’t falling, so Fort Worth Paschal had little choice but to turn to its defense.

It was one of those games for the Panthers, whose lock-down defense in the fourth quarter lifted them to a 43-32 victory against Arlington Lamar to move into a three-way tie for third place in District 3-5A with the Vikings and North Crowley.

After the heartbreaking 54-53 loss on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at North Crowley on Tuesday, Paschal coach David Watson made sure his team put that game behind them and focused on the Vikings.

“This was the biggest game of the season,” Watson said. “It was very important to move past [Tuesday’s loss]. Our guys came in totally focused.”

Paschal (14-7, 4-3 3-5A) used a stifling defense to hold Lamar (11-9, 4-3) without a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ four points came from the free-throw line.

Trailing 28-27 at the end of the third quarter, the Panthers opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 scoring run to put the game away.

“Our defense has been good all season long,” Watson said. “We aren’t the greatest scoring team in the world, so we really emphasize defense wins games.”

Sophomore guard Tyrik Price had an impact at both ends of the court, giving the Panthers an all-around performance with a game-high 14 points, five rebounds, and four steals.

“I wanted to stay aggressive and looked to score anytime I had the ball,” Price said.

“We executed tonight and came out with the same intensity from last game.”

Xavier Mayes was also solid for Paschal, doubling Lamar’s point total in the fourth quarter with eight of his 12 points.

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