SANGER — The Van Alstyne Panthers gave the perennial playoff power Ponder Lions all they wanted before dropping a 73-70 double-overtime decision in a Class 2A Region II area round game on Friday night.

SANGER — The Van Alstyne Panthers gave the perennial playoff power Ponder Lions all they wanted before dropping a 73-70 double-overtime decision in a Class 2A Region II area round game on Friday night.


Ponder (27-7), which will face Millsap in the region quarterfinals, leaned on the size advantage and talents of 6-5 senior Clay Morgan in regulation, then turned to freshman guard Chase Harris in the overtime to avoid the upset plans of the Panthers (25-4).


Morgan finished with 37 points and Harris, who had two 3-pointers in the overtime periods, added 23 points.


The game was tied five times in the final eight minutes with Ponder getting its offense from Harris, who had seven points in the frame, while Panthers sophomore guard Isaiah Boling scored eight points in the period.


Boling, who finished with 18 points, sent in a 3-pointer late in regulation to give Van Alstyne a 54-51 lead.


Morgan put back an offensive rebound, then split on two shots from the free-throw line to deadlock the game at 54 to force overtime.


Davis and Boling scored on back-to-back 3-pointers to open the first overtime period, but Harris stepped up his game in the OT as well.


His 3-pointer from the top of the arc started the Ponder scoring and two free throws by Brady Anderson tied the game at 62 each after the first extra period.


Morgan fouled out midway through the first overtime and things were looking good for the Panthers.


"It was a big break for us, but we couldn’t take advantage the way I had hoped," Van Alstyne head coach Russell Best said.


A Colin McCaskill basket for the Panthers tied the game at 60, but Harris drained a 3-pointer and the Lions never trailed again.


Boling drove the lane and put up a floater that went in, however, another offensive foul call wiped out the basket.


A final-chance shot from the corner by McCaskill went in before spinning out and the Lions got the win.


Van Alstyne came out firing from beyond the arc early and took the game to the Lions.


"We had a lot of confidence going into the game and I’m really proud of the way our team played tonight," Best said. "We stayed with one of the best team’s in the state and I couldn’t ask for more."


The Panthers dropped in three 3-pointers in the first quarter, the last by senior Zach Davis, who finished with 18 points.


With a 22-11 lead at the end of the first period, and a Jared McMakin 3-pointer to open the second, the Panthers built a 12-point lead before Morgan went to work.


The big post player scored 13 points in the second quarter as Ponder cut that early deficit in half.


With just six seconds left in the period, Davis sent in a floater at the buzzer, giving the Panthers a 32-27 lead at the break.


McMakin, who finished with 12 points, scored for Van Alstyne to open the second half, but Ponder then went on an 8-0 run. Morgan was fouled on a make with three minutes left in the quarter and his free throw gave the Lions their first lead of the contest.


That lead changed hands four more times over the final 11 minutes of regulation, as the two teams scrapped for the lead. A 3-pointer by McMakin gave Van Alstyne a 40-38 advantage at the end of the third quarter.