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Lufkin hosting Magnolia in pivotal 15-5A matchup

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Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2007 12:00 am

The Pack, currently tied for first with The Woodlands at 6-2 in District 15-5A, has a vested interest in the outcome of the Highlanders/College Park game going on at the same time. Wins by both the Panthers and Cavaliers leaves Lufkin all alone atop the standings with just one game remaining in the regular season - a Tuesday trip to 1-7 Conroe. However, should both the Highlanders and Panthers win out over these next two games, the two will square off in a one-game playoff with the time and location to be announced. But before donning the "District Champions" caps - and giving J.T. McManus his first title as Lufkin's head coach - the Panthers (18-10, 6-2) will need to take care of business against a dangerous Magnolia team. The Bulldogs (16-12, 4-4) lost to The Woodlands by just four points earlier in the season, and to College Park by just six in their second game. Led by Chris Weldon (16.9 ppg) and Ryan Fort (8.2 rebounds per game), Magnolia is just the type of team that can give better teams fits. Still, the Pack has won five of their last six games, with the lone loss that haunting buzzer-beater against College Park. With their combination of size, speed and scoring, the Panthers have managed to meld those three attributes together in a way that makes every game a potential win. They just can't spend too much time watching the other guys. Tonight's contest will begin at 7 p.m., and will mark Senior Night for 10 Panther seniors: A.J. Penson, Jamarcus Little, Max Taylor, D.J. Martin, Cam Davis, Jasmar Jackson, Mechie McDuffie, Kelverett Maddox, Jeremy Claybon and Mario Gebrikidan. Listeners can catch game action with J.P. Heath and Don Muhlbach on KYBI 100.1 FM.

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