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Panthers' defense keys win over WDC

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Defense and ball distribution led the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 72-32 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena.

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The Panthers turned 28 steals into easy baskets and finished with 18 assists on 29 field goals in improving to 1-4 in the conference and 4-7 overall.

Rilee Johnson's 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Tyler McCollum's 17 points led the Panthers, who jumped out to a 40-19 halftime lead. Jordan McCollum chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists while Chris Goplerud pulled down 10 rebounds and had three assists and four steals. Bryce Brovitch scored his first varsity points on a dunk.

Dylan Dumpprope scored 12 points to lead W-DC, which fell to 1-3 in the conference and 4-6 overall. The Wolverines are coached by Park Rapids graduate Doug Haas.

PARK RAPIDS: Massie 0 1-2 1, Long 1 0-0 3, J. McCollum 7 0-0 15, T. McCollum 6 3-4 17, Johnson 7 4-7 18, K. Goplerud 2 1-2 5, Porozinski 0 0-2 0, Gartner 1 0-0 2, C. Goplerud 3 0-0 6, Waller 0 0-0 0, Carlson 1 1-3 3, Brovitch 1 0-2 2, Jewison 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 for 62 (FG), 10 for 22 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 40, W-DC 19. Three-point field goals: Long 1, J. McCollum 1, T. McCollum 2. Rebounds: Park Rapids 44 (C. Goplerud 10, Johnson 9, J. McCollum 8, K. Goplerud 5, T. McCollum 4, Waller 3, Brovitch 2, Long 1, Porozinski 1, Gartner 1). Assists: Park Rapids 18 (J. McCollum 3, Gartner 3, C. Goplerud 3, Johnson 2, K. Goplerud 2, Long 1, Porozinski 1, Carlson 1, Brovitch 1, Jewison 1). Steals: Park Rapids 28 (J. McCollum 5, Johnson 4, C. Goplerud 4, Long 3, Gartner 3, K. Goplerud 2, Brovitch 2, Jewison 2, T. McCollum 1, Waller 1, Carlson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 5 (Jewison 2, C. Goplerud 1, Waller 1, Brovitch 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 21. Fouled out: Jewison. Turnovers: Park Rapids 9.

Long, Lyngaas spark Lakers

Derek Long and Jackson Lyngaas combined for 35 points in leading Detroit Lakes to a 72-58 conference win over the Panthers last Friday night.

Tyler McCollum hit a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead before a three-point play by Long and a 3-pointer by Lyngaas sparked a 13-2 run that gave the Lakers the lead for good.

Back-to-back baskets by Kyle Goplerud and another 3-pointer by McCollum closed the gap to 17-12 before the Lakers used a 12-2 run to take a 29-14 lead en route to a 33-23 advantage at the break.

Two baskets by Johnson and a 3-pointer by Jordan McCollum kept the Panthers within 42-34 before two 3-pointers by Long, a 3-pointer by Christian Hedstrom and a three-point play by Lyngaas gave Detroit Lakes a 61-43 lead.

Two more 3-pointers by Tyler McCollum and two inside baskets by Johnson helped the Panthers close the gap to 65-55 with 2:02 to play, but the Lakers sealed the win by making five free throws down the stretch.

Tyler McCollum finished with 21 points, Johnson had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Kyle Goplerud had 10 points, and Jordan McCollum had five assists and four steals for the Panthers.

The Lakers improved to 2-1 in conference play and 4-5 overall.

PARK RAPIDS: Long 0 2-4 2, T. McCollum 7 2-4 21, Johnson 6 2-2 14, K. Goplerud 5 0-0 10, C. Goplerud 1 2-2 4, J. McCollum 1 0-0 3, Gartner 0 0-0 0, Waller 1 1-2 3, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Jewison 0 1-2 1. Totals: 21 for 56 (FG), 10 for 16 (FT).

DETROIT LAKES: Long 18, Lyngaas 17, Cihak 9, McLeod 8, Hedstrom 7, Groth 6, Eiter 3, Champa 2, Smith 2.

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 33, Park Rapids 23. Three-point field goals: T. McCollum 5, J. McCollum 1. Rebounds: Park Rapids 22 (Johnson 8, T. McCollum 5, C. Goplerud 4, Jewison 2, J. McCollum 1, K. Goplerud 1, Waller 1). Assists: Park Rapids 18 (J. McCollum 5, T. McCollum 3, C. Goplerud 3, Johnson 2, K. Goplerud 2, Gartner 2, Long 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (J. McCollum 4, Johnson 4, T. McCollum 1, K. Goplerud 1, C. Goplerud 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (K. Goplerud 1, C. Goplerud 1, Waller 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 24. Fouled out; K. Goplerud. Turnovers: Park Rapids 27.

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