The Cabot Panthers opened the 2017-18 basketball season with a 56-30 rout at Morrilton on Thursday night.

Cabot led 16-6 after one quarter but was outscored 11-7 by the Devil Dogs in the second, cutting the deficit to 23-17 at halftime.

The Panthers came out in the second half and continued to play good defense and execute on offense, leading 38-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Cabot put the game away, outscoring Morrilton 18-6 in the final eight minutes.

“I think we got a little better as the game went on,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges, who is entering his 14th season as the Panthers’ coach. “I thought we played much better in the second half than we did in the first half.

“I thought our execution got better in the second half as far as what we’re doing. I thought we had too many unforced turnovers in the first half. We were a little excited, playing in spurts. In the second half, I thought we cleaned that up.”

Jalen Brown led the Panthers with 21 points and four assists. Noah Allgood had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Mario May had 9 points. Seth Vance had 5. Christian Weir scored 3. Patrick Dickinson and Jacob Hudson had 2 points each.

Cabot tourney

Cabot will host the 2017 Cabot Pre-Holiday Classic on Dec. 4-9 at Panther Arena.

The boys tournament will be pool play.

Pool 1 includes Cabot, Searcy and Pulaski Academy. Pool 2 includes Little Rock Catholic, Lonoke and Jacksonville Lighthouse.

Cabot will play Pulaski Academy on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The Panthers will play Searcy on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

The tournament will conclude on Dec. 9.