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Duff sparks W-H-A to win over Panthers

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Chris Duff scored 33 points to lead three players in double figures as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 67-58 Tuesday night at Walker.

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Duff scored 11 points as the Wolves jumped out to a 17-5 lead before a basket by Cory Gartner, a three-point play by Zach Jewison and two baskets by Tyler McCollum sparked a 12-4 run as Park Rapids cut the gap to 27-17 with 6:46 to play in the first half.

A three-point play by Chris Goplerud and baskets by Jewison and Rilee Johnson gave the Panthers a 26-22 lead before W-H-A ended the half with a 9-4 run to claim a 31-30 lead.

W-H-A led the rest of the way as a 14-4 run to open the second half produced a 45-34 advantage.

Baskets by Jordan McCollum, Jewison, Johnson and Kyle Goplerud cut the gap to 49-44 wit 8:13 remaining. The Wolves pushed the lead to 61-49 before baskets by Kyle Goplerud, Jewison and Jordan McCollum made it 63-56 with 53 seconds left. Two free throws apiece by Austin Richter and Caleb Ginos in the final 39 seconds sealed the win.

Seth Kimball added 15 points and Ginos finished with 11 points as the Wolves improved to 18-2 on the season.

Jewison had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Tyler McCollum (11), Johnson (10) and Chris Goplerud (10) also scored in double figures for the Panthers, who went 0 for 18 on 3-pointers in falling to 6-14 on the season.

PARK RAPIDS: Long 0 1-2 1, T. McCollum 5 1-1 11, Johnson 5 0-0 10, K. Goplerud 2 0-0 4, C. Goplerud 3 4-5 10, J. McCollum 3 2-4 8, Gartner 1 0-0 2, Jewison 4 5-5 13. Totals: 23 for 72 (FG), 13 for 17 (FT).

W-H-A: Ginos 4 2-4 11, Richter 0 2-2 2, Kimball 5 5-7 15, Duff 14 4-5 33, Fisher 2 0-0 4, Hein 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 (FG), 13 for 18 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 31, Park Rapids 30. Three-point field goals: Ginos 1, Duff 1. Team fouls: Park Rapids 19, W-H-A 19. Rebounds: Park Rapids 37 (Jewison 11, T. McCollum 7, J. McCollum 5, C. Goplerud 5, Johnson 4, K. Goplerud 4, Long 1). Assists: Park Rapids 13 (C. Goplerud 5, J. McCollum 4, T. McCollum 3, Johnson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 10 (T. McCollum 4, J. McCollum 2, Johnson 2, K. Goplerud 1, C. Goplerud 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 15.

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