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Rilee Johnson went up for a basket during Park Rapids' game against Pelican Rapids Saturday night.

Torrid first half lifts Vikings past Panthers

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Ryan Bruggeman hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points during a 38-4 run in the first half that sparked Pelican Rapids to an 87-48 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Saturday night at the Area High School gym.

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A layup by Ryan Peterson and a basket off a rebound by Tyler McCollum kept the Panthers within 6-4 with 15:46 to play in the first half.

That's when the Vikings followed a 20-0 run with an 18-2 run to claim a 44-8 advantage with 6:28 to go in the first half. Bruggeman hit three 3-pointers during the first run and followed with two more during the second run. Casey Bruggeman hit a 3-pointer and scored on three inside baskets while Ryan Huseby had a pair of inside baskets for the Vikings during that stretch.

Back-to-back layups by Scott Wolff and McCollum, a jumper by Kyle Goplerud and a basket off a rebound by McCollum made it 44-16 at the 4:47 mark before a 3-pointer by Casey Bruggeman and two inside baskets by Luke Halbakken gave Pelican Rapids a 61-22 lead at the half. Kyle Goplerud, Andy Waller and Tanner Otterness hit jumpers for the Panthers, who were outscored 10-0 in the final 3:14 of the first half.

The Vikings offset jumpers by Kyle Goplerud, Chris Goplerud, Wolff and Zach Jewison, a layup by Waller, and a 3-pointer by McCollum to push the lead to 84-40. Jewison, Josh Crist, Rilee Johnson and McCollum all had baskets down the stretch for Park Rapids.

McCollum led the Panthers with 13 points, four rebounds and five steals. Waller had four steals, Mason Long had four assists, and Johnson, Kyle Goplerud and Jewison pulled down three rebounds each as the Panthers fell to 2-20 on the season.

Casey Bruggeman (23), Ryan Bruggeman (22), Halbakken (14) and Huseby (10) hit double figures for the Vikings, who improved to 21-3 on the season. Pelican Rapids is rated No. 4 in this week's state Class AA poll.

PELICAN RAPIDS: R. Bruggeman 7 2-2 22, C. Bruggeman 10 0-0 23, Halbakken 5 4-6 14, Forsgren 4 1-2 9, Huseby 5 0-0 10, Scholl 1 1-2 3, Budke 0 4-6 4, Sorum 1 0-2 2. Totals: 33 (FG), 12 for 20 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: K. Goplerud 3 3-4 9, Peterson 1 0-0 2, C. Goplerud 1 0-0 2, Waller 2 2-2 6, McCollum 6 0-0 13, Otterness 1 0-0 2, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 0-0 0, Crist 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Wolff 2 0-1 4, Jewison 3 0-0 6. Totals: 21 for 50 (FG), 5 for 7 (FT).

Halftime: Pelican Rapids 61, Park Rapids 22. Three-point field goals: R. Bruggeman 6, C. Bruggeman 3, McCollum 1. Team fouls: Pelican Rapids 12, Park Rapids 12. Rebounds: Park Rapids 17 (McCollum 4, Johnson 3, K. Goplerud 3, Jewison 3, Bergquist 1, Crist 1, Waller 1, Wolff 1). Assists: Park Rapids 11 (Long 4, K. Goplerud 2, Otterness 1, Johnson 1, Peterson 1, Waller 1, Jewison 1). Steals: Park Rapids 13 (McCollum 5, Waller 4, Otterness 1, K. Goplerud 1, C. Goplerud 1, Wolff 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 1 (Wolff). Turnovers: Park Rapids 26.

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