KINGSLEY -- A second half comeback by Kingsley-Pierson almost took the game back from Charter Oak-Ute Thursday, but the Bobcats prevailed with a two-point win, 39-37.
Charter Oak-Ute (2-11) led for the first half, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and keeping the Panthers to eight, then adding 10 more in the second period while keeping K-P to seven. The score was 21-15 at halftime.
But the Panthers weren't ready to give up the fight. They charged back into the game with a 13-point third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, who scored 12. Going into the final stanza, K-P had closed the Bobcats' lead to five points, 33-28.
The Panthers outscored Charter Oak-Ute in the fourth quarter 9-6, but ultimately couldn't get the edge over the Bobcats.
Charter Oak-Ute senior Jordan Thies led scoring with 12 for the night and Bobcat senior Dylan Beeck led rebounds with 20.
K-P senior Colin Henrich led the Panthers with 10 points and eight rebounds.
He also had 10 steals for a double-double night again.
Sophomore Austin Neumann added nine points for K-P, and senior Levi Mahrt and freshman Jacob Harvey each grabbed seven rebounds.
Senior Ryan Langel had three blocks for the Panthers.
The loss puts K-P's record at 6-6 for the season heading into a conference matchup with Lawton-Bronson on the road Friday.