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Panthers rely on pressure defense, balanced offense to rout Sebeka

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Tenacious defense created easy fastbreak baskets as the Park Rapids boys basketball team coasted to an 88-58 win at Sebeka Thursday night.

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Five baskets by Rilee Johnson, a three-point play by Chris Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum gave the Panthers a quick 18-8 lead before 3-pointers by Jordan McCollum and Tyler McCollum, two more baskets by Johnson and a pair of baskets by Kyle Goplerud sparked an 18-6 run as the Panthers led 36-14 with 6:01 to play in the first half. Kyle Goplerud's two field goals and 3-pointer and baskets by Andy Waller, Cory Gartner and Jordan McCollum gave the Panthers a 49-25 lead at the half.

Two baskets by Tyler McCollum and baskets by Johnson, Kyle Goplerud and Zach Jewison pushed the Panthers' lead to 62-31 with 10:54 to play. Three straight baskets by Kyle Goplerud, a 3-pointer by Jordan McCollum and a basket by Chris Goplerud made it 75-46 with 5:35 remaining. Derek Porozinski hit a jumper and three free throws down the stretch as the Panthers coasted to the win.

Kyle Goplerud recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Johnson added 18 points and Tyler McCollum finished with 16 points. Jordan McCollum dished out seven assists and Jewison hauled down 10 rebounds as the Panthers improved to 2-5.

Carlos Castro (17) and Derek Lillquist (13) hit three 3-pointers each and combined for 30 points to lead Sebeka, which fell to 0-6 on the season.

PARK RAPIDS: T. McCollum 6 2-2 16, Johnson 9 0-0 18, C. Goplerud 2 1-1 5, Waller 2 0-3 4, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Massie 0 1-3 1, Long 0 0-0 0, J. McCollum 3 0-0 8, K. Goplerud 9 0-0 19, Porozinski 1 3-4 5, Gartner 3 1-2 7, Jewison 1 3-4 5. Totals: 36 for 70 (FG), 11 for 21 (FT).

SEBEKA: Skaro 2 1-4 5, D. Lillquist 5 0-1 13, Brockpahler 1 4-8 6, Castro 3 8-12 17, Paulson 0 3-4 3, Steinke 0 2-3 2, M. Lillquist 0 3-4 3, Clark 4 0-2 9. Totals: 15 (FG), 21 for 38 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 49, Sebeka 25. Three-point field goals: T. McCollum 2, J. McCollum 2, K. Goplerud 1, D. Lillquist 3, Castro 3, Clark 1. Team fouls: Park Rapids 25, Sebeka 16. Fouled out: Clark. Rebounds: Park Rapids 42 (K. Goplerud 11, Jewison 10, Johnson 5, Waller 5, T. McCollum 4, C. Goplerud 3, J. McCollum 2, Long 1, Gartner 1). Assists: Park Rapids 17 (J. McCollum 7, C. Goplerud 3, K. Goplerud 2, Long 1, T. McCollum 1, Johnson 1, Gartner 1, Waller 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (J. McCollum 3, Johnson 2, K. Goplerud 2, T. McCollum 1, Gartner 1, C. Goplerud 1, Jewison 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 16.

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