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Hard-luck Panthers lose again

Great Bend High School Panthers boys’ basketball squad member Ty Esfeld (2) leads a Panther charge including Brock Blessing (5) and Koy Brack (22) after Esfeld steals the ball from Buhler High Crusaders player Dalton Smyers (15) Friday night during the GBHS winter homecoming game.

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 BY JIM MISUNAS
jmisunas@gbtribune.com

GREAT BEND — It’s an old, but all-too-familiar script for the hard-luck Great Bend Panthers boys basketball team. Their hustling all-out comeback came up short again.

Dalton Miller handed the Panthers their final lead on a 3-point play with 5:08 left to lead the Buhler Crusaders 34-33.

But Buhler closed the game on an 11-2 scoring run for a 44-36 non-league basketball victory. The Panthers (1-7) missed their final eight field goals and committed four turnovers in the final quarter after rallying from a 14-point deficit.

“We got the lead twice and didn ...


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