Exeter beats Kerman; beat up by WU

Tom Price Jr.

There is a reason Washington Union is the No. 1 seed in the Division III boys basketball playoffs.

They are good.

They ended Exeter's personal six game winning streak on Thursday with a crushing 84-46 loss at Washington Union in second round action of the Division III playoffs.

"They were pretty good," said a near speechless Morgan Munger after the game.

Pretty good probably doesn't give justice to the Panthers who earned the top seed with a 19-5 record and haven't lost a game since Jan. 10.

The lopsided final score doesn't tell the story of a first half in which Exeter kept pace with the powerhouse Panthers.

Trailing 21-13 at the end of the first quarter Jacob Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to open the second quarter, trimming the lead to five points.

The teams traded baskets for much of the second quarter before the Panthers finished the half on a 8-0 run and taking a commanding 44-26 lead.

"Those guys are a different level," Exeter forward Aaron Lopez said. "Their full-court press hurt us and they forced a lot of turnovers."

Kurtis Stutsman led the team in scoring with 12 points and Johnson added nine. All of Johnson's points came from beyond the arc.

Cory Griffin came off the bench in the fourth quarter and provided a little spark with two baskets. Aaron Henderson had nine points and Lopez had six points.

"It won't be hard to look back at this year," Lopez said. "We had a good team and a good year, a great year."

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