Panthers bounce back to beat Bombers

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Mountain Home’s Blake McKee looks to pass around Cabot’s Hunter York during action Friday night. (Photo by Neal Denton/Baxter Bulletin)

Cabot picked up its first conference win of the season Friday night, coming home from Mountain Home with a 49-30 win over the Bombers.

Cabot was able to work the ball inside and dominate Mountain Home in the paint.

“I was really pleased with our effort,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “You never know what you’re going to get up there. That’s a long trip and a tough place to play.”

Sophomore post Garrett Rowe led all scorers with 16 points. Adolpho Iglesias came off the bench for his best game of the season with 14 points.

“The interior played really well for us,” said Bridges. “We were able to take advantage of what they gave us. Our guards didn’t score as much, but that’s because they saw where we were hurting them and were unselfish.”

The Panthers beat the Bombers on the boards by a solid margin. That was something that bothered Bridges in his team’s loss to Marion on Tuesday.

‘We had one defensive rebound at halftime against Marion. One,” Bridges said. “That’s all you need to know about our effort that night. But I think that opened our eyes and we got after it on Friday.”

Nick Thomas scores eight points for Cabot, moving from guard down to power forward.

“We had to make room for Jake (Ferguson) at guard. He’s ready and we need his athleticism,” said Bridges. “Nick has been down there before and can do it. Having a four with point guard vision can be a plus.”

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