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Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By NAYIRAH DOSU [email protected]­villere­corder.com

At 6-foot-4, lanky sopho­more Dane Od­sather, is prov­ing to be a per­fect sixth man for the Porter­ville High School boys bas­ket­ball team.

Com­ing off the bench mid­way through the first quar­ter of Thurs­day’s East Yosemite League game against Tu­lare Union (3-18, 0-3 EYL), Od­sather had an im­me­di­ate im­pact and scored sec­onds later after check­ing in. He went on to fin­ish with a game-high 13 points — all in the first quar­ter at Bill Shar­man Gym­na­sium.

“Dane can score the bas­ket­ball,” PHS head coach Lance Wal­lace said. “And I mean you can just see his con­fi­dence level grow and grow as the sea­son goes along. He’s our sixth man off the bench, he comes in, he’s like a mi­crowave — he gives us in­stant of­fense. His con­fi­dence is get­ting big­ger and big­ger. Once his body catches up with his head, he’s go­ing to be a mess to be han­dle for other teams.”

After one lead change in the first quar­ter, the Pan­thers (155, 3-0 EYL) were able to pull away from the Tribe in the sec­ond and go into half­time up 31-17. The rest of the game con­tin­ued in that fash­ion but from the sec­ond quar­ter on, it was more than just Od­sather giv­ing Union prob­lems.

The Tribe had to move away from a zone de­fense by the sec­ond half after re­al­iz­ing that the Pan­thers had mul­ti­ple 3-point shoot­ers. Se­niors C.J. Fish, Kaden Ra­m­age and Gabriel Su­rita, as well as Od­sather, all knocked down treys for Porter­ville.

But even with a switch to man-to-man de­fense, Porter­ville’s un­selfish style of play al­lowed all play­ers to con­trib­ute. Fish, Su­rita, Od­sather, and se­nior Jesse Her­nan­dez all did a good job of dis­tribut­ing the ball while ju­nior Jose Tapia came through when his name was called. Tapia came off the bench, re­bounded the ball well and fin­ished with 10 points.

“Tu­lare’s strug­gling a lit­tle bit and we thought go­ing into tonight we’d be able to get a lot of kids in and we were able to do that,” Wal­lace said. “First half we didn’t play real sharp, we didn’t ex­e­cute real well. PHOTO BY Sec­ond half we ex­e­cuted bet­ter and we were able to get every­body in. And I think every­body got in the score­book, I could be wrong. But it’s a fun game to get every­body in to have some fun like that.”

Porter­ville se­nior Ja­cob Dagu­man at­tacked the bas­ket well and fin­ished with nine points. Su­rita had two three’s and to­taled eight points. Nine of the Pan­thers’ 13 play­ers scored

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Porter­ville High School’s Dane Od­sather bat­tles un­der the net to take a shot Thurs­day, Jan. 10, dur­ing the first half of a game against Tu­lare Union High School at Porter­ville.

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