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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Cameron Thurston has been a huge contributor to the Panthers’ success.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Cameron Thurston has been a huge contributor to the Panthers’ success.

Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Only one team so far this season has been able to stop two of the most electric guards in the league — Parkdale’s two-headed scoring monster composed of sophomore Kaine Wilson and senior Cameron Thurston.

Both players have been on a scoring tear. They are responsible for catapulting Parkdale’s boys’ basketball squad to a nearly perfect season (9-1). Sitting at third place in the Prince George’s County 4A league, the Panthers recently dominated Heritage Academy 95-62 in non-conference play on Dec. 29. Wilson scored 28 points and nailed five three-pointers against Heritage Academy, while Thurston scored 25 points in the rout.

Unfortunately, the Panthers came up short against DuVal on Friday — falling 85-78 to the Tigers — and erasing the possibility of an undefeated season.

However, Wilson is still considered one of the best scoring threats in the county — averaging 21 points per game. His limited experience has not hampered his play at all. In fact, Wilson’s improvement has been on an incline — posting two-straight double-figure games. His best performance was the first game of the year against Bowie, when he dropped 28 points and grabbed four rebounds. Surprisingly, all of his scores from that game were from the line and beyond the arc.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Kaine Wilson is the third-best scoring threat in Prince George’s County 4A league.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Kaine Wilson is the third-best scoring threat in Prince George’s County 4A league.

Not to be overshadowed by Wilson, Thurston has all of the intangibles to help his team achieve the ultimate goal of winning both the division and state championships. In his final year on the Panthers roster, Thurston has been an effective shooter from the field, shooting almost 70 percent from the floor. He has also been a consistent point scoring machine, averaging more than 17 points per game. Despite Wilson only scoring eight points against Oxon Hill earlier in the season, Thurston took the torch and led his team to victory with a season-high of 27 points.

Parkdale’s bench has been another key to the Panthers’ success. Every player has been doing his part to make this season successful, and the Panthers are clearly a formidable opponent for Eleanor Roosevelt and Flowers in the race to the postseason.

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