There are few teams in D2 that can match up against the Potter-Dix Boys Coyote Basketball team, and it looks like the undefeated Paxton Tigers are one of those teams. Last season, the Coyotes came away with a 13 point win in the one game they had against Paxton, but even in the loss, the Tigers knew how to play defense against Potter-Dix, limiting the Coyotes to just 43 points.
In Saturday's matchup, the Coyotes had one of those games where everything seemed to go wrong, while the Tigers defense did a great job of offering very few good shots and keeping the Coyotes' offense unsettled for the entire game.
Both teams started out with aggressive defenses, with the Tigers doing a great job limiting Potter-Dix's scoring opportunities. Gaining a lead at the end of the first period, the Tigers then clamped down on the Coyotes' offense, disrupting their sets and causing turnovers and bad passes. Potter-Dix scored just three points in the period and went into the half down 24-to-11. The Tigers weren't exactly lighting up the scoreboard either, but their tough defense made the Coyotes fight for every point.
Potter-Dix got into a better rhythm in the third period, putting up 17 points to cut into the Paxton lead a bit, but Potter-Dix did not have enough left to make a surge in the fourth period, and Paxton outscored them 14-to-7 in the final frame to hand Potter-Dix their first loss of the season, 53-to-36.
Paxton did a great job blanketing senior scoring leader Luke Kasten, limiting him to just six points on 12 field goal attempts. Senior Zach Rotert led the scoring for Potter-Dix with 13 points in the loss. Paxton junior Josh Eakins gashed the Coyotes for 22 points and senior Isaiah Fox had 15 points in the win.
Potter-Dix had a match-up on Tuesday against Leyton postponed due to snow, and next was scheduled to host Caliche on Thursday.