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Holm, Howard spark victory over Panthers

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The 1-2 punch of Nathan Holm and Beau Howard offset a career-high 23 points by Tyler McCollum as Pine River-Backus defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 74-62 Tuesday night at Pine River.

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Holm scored 31 points and Howard added 28 points to spark the Tigers to the win.

Both Holm and Howard hit two 3-pointers each and combined for 25 points as PR-B claimed a 33-28 lead at the half. McCollum's four 3-pointers and three baskets by Zach Jewison led the Panthers in the first half.

McCollum opened the second half with a jumper, a 3-pointer and a three-point play and Kyle Goplerud followed with a pair of baskets as the Panthers led 46-42 with 12:04 to play. Two more baskets by Goplerud kept the Panthers in front 53-51 with 8:23 remaining before PR-B closed the game with a 23-9 run. Holm and Howard scored 34 of PR-B's 41 points in the second half.

Goplerud finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds while McCollum led the way with six rebounds. Ryan Peterson had five steals as the Panthers fell to 1-15 on the season.

PR-B improved to 7-9.

PARK RAPIDS: K. Goplerud 7 0-0 14, Peterson 0 0-0 0, C. Goplerud 2 1-2 5, Waller 0 3-6 3, McCollum 8 2-2 23, Otterness 1 0-0 2, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 2-2 2, Ridlon 2 0-0 5, Crist 1 0-1 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Wolff 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-1 0, Jewison 3 0-3 6, Massie 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 for 65 (FG), 8 for 17 (FT).

PINE RIVER-BACKUS: Burgoyn 0 1-3 1, Howard 9 8-8 28, Krecklan 1 1-2 3, Struss 3 1-2 7, Holm 9 10-15 31, Pederson 1 0-0 2, Sepin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 (FG), 21 for 31 (FT).

Halftime: PR-B 33, Park Rapids 28. Three-point field goals: McCollum 5, Ridlon 1, Howard 2, Holm 3. Team fouls: Park Rapids 25, PR-B 17. Fouled out: C. Goplerud, Waller, McCollum. Rebounds: Park Rapids 30 (McCollum 6, K. Goplerud 5, Jewison 4, C. Goplerud 3, Otterness 2, Bergquist 2, Ridlon 2, Crist 2, Peterson 2, Waller 2). Assists: Park Rapids 15 (K. Goplerud 5, Otterness 2, Peterson 2, C. Goplerud 2, McCollum 2, Crist 1, Carlson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 14 (Peterson 5, Crist 3, C. Goplerud 2, McCollum 2, Long 1, K. Goplerud 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (K. Goplerud 1, McCollum 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 19.

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