LANCASTER - Jamestown coach Ben Drake couldn't help but poke a little fun at Zack Panebianco between the first and second quarters of Monday night's Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game at Lancaster High School.
''The funny thing is he missed a couple layups, so I joked, 'C'mon, man, you have to make (those),''' Drake said with a laugh.
That friendly ''reminder'' came with the Red Raiders in front, 28-11.
Oh, by the way, Panebianco accounted for 21 of Jamestown's first-quarter points.
''That's a lot of points,'' Drake acknowledged. ''He came out on fire.''
By the time, the junior point guard left the game for good with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, he had scored 37 points on 16-of-23 shooting from the floor, drilled five 3-pointers and dished out three assists.
''He had three of his 3s in the first quarter and the other (baskets) were mostly penetration layups where he beat his guy or in transition,'' Drake said. ''Once he hit a couple, we started looking for him, the guys were just hooking him up and he was knocking them down. He wasn't missing.''
Panebianco's brilliance - he's averaging 29 points and five treys in his last four outings - capped an evening when the Red Raiders (11-4, 7-2) were never challenged and won for the second time in less than 48 hours.
Senior Quinn Lee Yaw shot 9-of-12 from the field on his way to 20 points. He also had five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Junior Stephen Carlson grabbed 10 boards and had three assists, and sophomore Zacc Kinsey had seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
But the headliner was Panebianco, who scored 32 points in a win over Rochester East on Saturday and, according to Drake, is playing with a hefty dose of confidence.
''He's just playing so well right now,'' Drake said. ''The second thing is we've really been shooting the ball a lot in practice lately and he's benefitted from that more than anyone. The final thing is his teammates are looking for him and they're finding him.
''Tonight, if he found a seam, we got him the ball and he finished with it. It was one of those kinds of nights you just couldn't leave him alone, because he was going to score.''
After his 21-point, first-quarter eruption, Panebianco tacked on five points in the second quarter and 11 more in the third before heading to the bench for good at the two-minute mark.
Leading 41-25 at intermission, Jamestown outscored the hosts 42-13 the rest of the way.
Mike Spengler led the Redskins with 12 points.
Jamestown returns to action on Friday when it entertains Frontier at McElrath Gymnasium.
In the junior varsity game, the Red Raiders suffered their first league loss, 68-58.
Nikk Holland led Jamestown (10-4, 8-1) with 12 points and Jesus Rodriguez chipped in with 10.
Kinsey 2 1 5, Panebianco 16 0 37, Larson 1 0 2, Carlson 0 0 0, Lee yaw 9 2 20, Hoaglund 0 0 0, Park 4 0 8, Colwell 4 0 8, Nazzaro 0 0 0, Haberberger 1 0 3, Castro 0 0 0, Totals 37 3 83.
Fellner 0 2 2, Jankowski 2 0 4, Murrey 4 1 9, Spengler 4 2 12, Konst 1 0 2, O'Bryen 2 0 5, Pamiani 1 2 4, Totals 14 7 38.
3-point goals-Panebianco 5, Haberberger, Murrey 2, Spengler 2.
Jamestown28 13 21 21 - 83
Lancaster11 14 7 6 - 38
Jayvees: Lancaster 68, Jamestown 58