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Park Rapids' Mason Long put up a jump shot during Tuesday night's game against Thief River Falls.
Park Rapids' Mason Long put up a jump shot during Tuesday night's game against Thief River Falls.

Thief River Falls boys rely on fast start to spark win over Panthers

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Thief River Falls opened the game with a 21-0 run and coasted to a 77-27 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

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Phillip Onkka hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 13 points as the Prowlers jumped out to the early lead. Mason Long's 3-pointer with 11:35 to play in the first half ended that run.

Christian Ridlon and Chris Goplerud had two layups apiece as the Panthers trailed 42-12 at the half.

A jumper by Ridlon, a three-point play by Ridlon and two jumpers by Ryan Peterson kept the Panthers within 54-22 with 11:48 to play before three layups by Nathan Hruby sparked a 12-0 run that gave Thief River Falls a 66-22 advantage with 9:16 to play.

A layup by Ridlon ended that run. Another 3-pointer by Long capped the scoring for the Panthers.

Ridlon finished with 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Panthers, who fell to 1-17 on the season.

Onkka (16) and Hruby (12) led a balanced attack for the Prowlers, who had 13 players enter the scoring column. The win lifted Thief River Falls' record to 14-5.

THIEF RIVER FALLS: Hjelseth 1 1-2 3, Williams 3 3-4 9, Hutton 1 0-0 3, Gunderson 4 1-2 9, Onkka 6 2-4 16, Bastian 0 3-4 3, Beito 2 0-0 4, Sorvig 1 0-0 2, Olson 1 4-6 6, Mattison 1 0-0 2, Hruby 6 0-0 12, Milks 2 1-1 6, Schneider 1 0-0 2. Totals: 29 (FG), 15 for 23 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Otterness 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 0-0 0, T. Ridlon 0 0-0 0, Long 2 0-2 6, K. Goplerud 0 0-0 0, Massie 0 0-0 0, G. Goplerud 2 0-0 4, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Gartner 0 0-0 0, Waller 0 0-0 0, C. Ridlon 5 3-5 13, Wolff 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 for 34 (FG), 3 for 7 (FT).

Halftime: TRF 42, Park Rapids 12. Three-point field goals: Hutton 1, Onkka 2, Milks 1, Long 2. Team fouls: TRF 10, Park Rapids 16. Rebounds: Park Rapids 22 (C. Ridlon 6, C. Goplerud 5, K. Goplerud 3, T. Ridlon 2, Long 2, Wolff 2, Waller 2). Assists: Park Rapids 1 (Long). Steals: Park Rapids 2 (T. Ridlon 1, C. Goplerud 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (C. Ridlon 1, T. Ridlon 1, K. Goplerud 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 22.

Larsen leads W-H-A to win

Matt Larsen scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to lead Walker-Hackensack-Akeley to a 56-44 win last Thursday night at Walker.

Three-pointers by Long and John Massie kept the Panthers within 39-34 with 8:17 to play, but two layups by Larsen and a 3-pointer by Christopher Duff pushed the Wolves' lead to 46-34 with 6:51 to go.

Two baskets by Ridlon, another 3-pointer by Long and a basket by Chris Goplerud capped off the scoring for the Panthers.

Ridlon led the Panthers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Goplerud (8) and Chris Goplerud (7) combined for 15 rebounds for Park Rapids, which trailed 23-18 at the half.

PARK RAPIDS: C. Ridlon 7 6-10 20, T. Ridlon 2 0-2 5, K. Goplerud 2 0-0 4, Peterson 0 1-2 1, C. Goplerud 1 0-0 2, Long 2 1-2 7, Wolff 1 0-0 2, Waller 0 0-0 0, Massie 1 0-0 3, Gartner 0 0-0 0, Otterness 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 for 60 (FG), 8 for 16 (FT).

W-H-A: Larsen 25, Ginos 11, Fisher 8, Kimball 5, Duff 5, Cox 2.

Halftime: W-H-A 23, Park Rapids 18. Three-point field goals: T. Ridlon 1, Long 2, Massie 1. Rebounds: Park Rapids 35 (C. Ridlon 11, K. Goplerud 8, C. Goplerud 7, T. Ridlon 2, Peterson 2, Long 2, Wolff 2, Waller 1). Assists: Park Rapids 3 (Long 2, K. Goplerud 1). Steals: Park Rapids 8 (C. Ridlon 2, Peterson 2, K. Goplerud 1, C. Goplerud 1, Long 1, Wolff 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 6 (C. Ridlon 2, K. Goplerud 2, Wolff 2). Turnovers: Park Rapids 9.

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