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Park Rapids’ Tyler McCollum (20) and Zach Jewison (54) went up to block a shot by Nevis’ Jordan Feder during Thursday night’s game at the Tiger Arena.

Defense lifts Panthers past Tigers

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     A half-court trapping defense turned turnovers into easy transition baskets as the Park Rapids boys basketball team coasted to a 70-35 victory at Nevis Thursday night.

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     Zach Jewison scored off a rebound and turned a steal into a layup, Wyatt Derman scored on a layup and Jordan McCollum hit a jumper as the Panthers jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 15:46 to play in the first half.

     After a layup by Gavin Becker ended that run, a layup by McCollum, a basket off a rebound by Rilee Johnson and a 3-pointer by Derman made it 15-2 at the 13:28 mark.

     Becker’s back-to-back layups cut the gap to 17-6 before two layups by Remington Hagan, a pair of layups by McCollum, and layups by Jewison and Johnson gave the Panthers a 30-8 lead with 5:16 to play in the first half.

     Jumpers by Austin Becker and Courtland Chase made it 30-12 before the Panthers closed out the half with a 13-4 run behind Johnson’s layup off a steal, Hagan’s 3-pointer, and a 3-pointer and basket off a rebound by McCollum. Gavin Becker’s four free throws accounted for Nevis’ points as the Tigers trailed 43-16 at the break.

     A layup by Johnson and a jumper by Jewison gave the Panthers a 48-16 advantage with 15:52 to play before a 3-pointer and layup by Gavin Becker and a basket off a rebound by Brandon Spain-Brist made it 49-23 with 13:12 remaining.

     Derman’s layup was followed by offensive putbacks by Johnson and Bryce Brovitch and a jumper by Derman as the Panthers led 58-28 with 7:59 left. Austin Becker’s layup and a 3-pointer by Gavin Becker accounted for Nevis’ points during that stretch.

     Park Rapids used four free throws by Riley Massie, a jumper by CJ Hess and a 3-pointer by Sam Ness to build its biggest lead of the game at 67-29 with 3:12 left. A jumper and two free throws by Gavin Hitchcock and two free throws by Clayton DeWulf were offset by a 3-pointer by Massie down the stretch.

     McCollum’s 15 points and Jewison’s 13 rebounds led the Panthers, who improved to 11-5 on the season. Johnson added 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

     Gavin Becker scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Tigers, who fell to 8-5 on the season.

PARK RAPIDS: Derman 4 0-0 9, T. McCollum 1 2-2 4, Johnson 5 2-8 12, J. McCollum 6 2-4 15, Jewison 4 0-2 8, Massie 1 4-4 7, Hanke 0 0-0 0, Ness 1 0-0 3, Hagan 3 0-0 7, Brovitch 1 1-2 3, Hess 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 for 76 (FG), 11 for 22 (FT).

NEVIS: C. Chase 1 0-0 2, G. Becker 6 4-5 18, Babler 0 1-2 1, Spain-Brist 1 0-0 2, Hitchcock 1 2-2 4, A. Becker 2 0-1 4, Feder 0 0-2 0, Byer 0 2-2 2, DeWulf 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 (FG), 11 for 16 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 43, Nevis 16. Three-pointers: Massie 1, Derman 1, J. McCollum 1, Ness 1, Hagan 1, G. Becker 2. Rebounds: Park Rapids 46 (Jewison 13, Johnson 8, J. McCollum 6, Derman 4, T. McCollum 4, Brovitch 4, Hanke 2, Hagan 2, Massie 1, Ness 1, Hess 1). Assists: Park Rapids 18 (Johnson 5, T. McCollum 4, Derman 3, J. McCollum 2, Hagan 2, Hanke 1, Jewison 1). Steals: Park Rapids 18 (Johnson 4, T. McCollum 3, Derman 2, J. McCollum 2, Hagan 2, Massie 1, Hanke 1, Brovitch 1, Hess 1, Jewison 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 1 (Brovitch). Team fouls: Park Rapids 17. Turnovers: Park Rapids 9.

Rangers control second half

     Crosby-Ironton controlled the second by outscoring the Panthers 45-16 in a 67-41 Mid-State Conference victory last Tuesday night at Crosby.

     Derman hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the first half as the Panthers led 25-22 at the break.

     Will Goodwin sparked the Rangers’ second-half rally, finishing with a game-high 23 points. Riley Jacobs added 14 points as C-I improved to 3-1 in the conference and 11-3 overall. The Rangers are rated No. 5 in the latest state Class AA poll.

     Derman finished with 16 points, McCollum added 11 points and Brovitch hauled down eight rebounds as the Panthers fell to 4-2 in the conference.

PARK RAPIDS: Massie 0 0-0 0, Derman 5 2-2 16, T. McCollum 1 0-2 2, Johnson 1 2-4 4, J. McCollum 3 4-6 11, Porozinski 1 0-1 2, Hagan 0 2-2 2, Brovitch 1 0-0 2, Jewison 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 for 47 (FG), 10 for 17 (FT).

CROSBY-IRONTON: Goodwin 23, R. Jacobs 14, Hudrlik 9, Larson 6, Tesdahl 6, Gindorff 4, T. Jacobs 3, Blom 2.

Halftime: Park Rapids 25, C-I 22. Three-pointers: Derman 4, J. McCollum 1. Rebounds: Park Rapids 26 (Brovitch 8, J. McCollum 6, Derman 5, T. McCollum 3, Massie 2, Johnson 1, Jewison 1). Assists: Park Rapids 10 (Massie 2, Derman 2, Porozinski 2, T. McCollum 1, Johnson 1, Brovitch 1, Jewison 1). Steals:  Park Rapids 10 (T. McCollum 2, J. McCollum 2, Brovitch 2, Derman 1, Johnson 1, Porozinski 1, Hagan 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 15. Turnovers: Park Rapids 13.

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