Glen Oaks High and Northside-Lafayette staged a boys basketball chess match worthy of a March playoff game.

Coach Harvey Adger’s Panthers executed their zone defense to near perfection in a key 12-minute stretch paving the way for a 57-40 GOHS home win Tuesday night.

Late in the first quarter, Glen Oaks switched from man-to-man defense to the 2-3. That one move turned a 13-10 lead into a 38-16 advantage with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter.

“(Northside) was a senior bunch of kids that like to dribble-drive to the basket and their bigs like to post up strong, and I wanted to take that away,” GOHS’ Adger said. “Of the things they do the best, we wanted to try to negate something.

“We weren’t going to be able to take everything away. It was a chess match. We make a move; they make a move. I just thought the zone really caused them some problems.”

Trevante Dyre had 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as Glen Oaks outscored the Vikings 14-2 in the second period. Erron Chesterfield had a pair of key baskets late in the period to help the Panthers take a 31-16 halftime lead.

The Vikings (6-1) were clearly flustered by the zone. During that stretch, they made just one 3-point shot and two free throws while committing nine turnovers.

“They got out on us with their length and quickness,” said Northside coach Devan Clark, a former Southern Lab and Southern University guard. “We’ve got to get used to playing outside our comfort zone. The officiating is different out here. The officials did a good job. We as players have to adjust to it. Things were physical and we needed to play physical. I think that took a toll on us.”

Late in the third quarter as its offense got in gear, Northside picked up the tempo with an array of full court and half court traps. The Vikings’ 19-2 run over a near six-minute stretch cut a 27-point deficit to down to 10 at 50-40 with 4:23 to play in the game. Jonathan Tolivour scored 10 of his 14 points to lead Northside.

However, back-to-back baskets by Drye helped Glen Oaks to close the game on a 7-0 run. Drye added 11 rebounds to lead four Panthers in double figures.

“When you see kids able to handle that kind of pressure, I thought my bigs did a great job to bail our guards out,” Adger said. “I thought our adjustments were great. I thought my kids grew up tonight. We’ve been really working on get that chemistry to where it needs to be.”

Glen Oaks began the game on a three-point barrage, with Christen Wilson, Jalen Variste, and Keith Broome all making 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Panthers to an early 13-6 advantage.

The Vikings then went on an 8-2 run to cut the margin to 15-14. A three-pointer by Denzel Noel with 1:26 to play provided the game’s only tie at 10-10. It was the last made field goal by Northside until Nick Syrie’s layup with 4:46 to play in the third quarter.