By Stephen Pianovich
Imhotep coach Andre Noble was really concerned about one statistic when his team faced Chester on Tuesday night.
“They’re an athletic team, and we thought if we could win on rebounding, we’d win the game,” Noble said. “And if we lost that battle, we’d lose the game.”
The Panthers outrebounded Chester by 10, and just as Noble predicted, they also outscored them, 67-54 on Day 1 of the Jameer Nelson Classic at Widener University.
The leading rebounder in the game was Imhotep junior Koby Thomas, who had 11 boards as the Panthers held a 34-24 advantage on the glass. Thomas didn’t just rebound, however. The 6-foot-6 forward also recorded a double-double with a team-best 13 points – a handful of which came via putbacks on the offensive end.