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Senior point guard Rakeem Perry (2019)

Men's Basketball stuns Windermere
2/1/2019 10:49:00 PM

Heading into Friday night's game, Men's Basketball was slogging through a frustrating five-game losing streak, where the Panthers were in contention for victories in all of them, but fourth quarter scoring droughts and turnovers plagued the squad in each of them. Add to that, DP had to travel to Windermere (19-4) to face the top-ranked team in class 8A in a game few gave the Panthers a chance to win. But none of that mattered as DP's backcourt duo of Rakeem Perry and Juneau Anicette logged career-best performances on both ends of the court in a 59-55 upset victory over the Wolverines. Perry finished with 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists while Anicette poured in 16 points, pulled down six rebounds and suffocated Windermere on defense. DP (10-12) also saw tremendous performances by Abdoulaye Thiam (15 points, five rebounds) and Devon Buckhanon, who ripped down a team-high 11 rebounds and was sensational defensively. In a back and forth affair and the game tied at 53-53 in the fourth quarter, DP controlled possession with 2:10 to play and ran the clock down to 22 seconds before Rakeem Perry split the defense and dished to Abdoulaye Thiam who knifed his way inside for a layup for a 55-53 lead. DP locked down defensively on Windermere's next possession and forced an errant shot that was rebounded by Thiam, who was fouled with 15 seconds left. Thiam drained both pressure-packed free throws for a 57-53 lead and the Panthers picked up another defensive stop as Juneau Anicette was fouled after a rebound as well. With just seven seconds remaining, Anicette knocked down two clutch free throws to put the game out of reach for good. DP will host Timber Creek Tuesday for Senior Night before closing out their regular season against Winter Haven in Bartow the following Saturday.

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