A sluggish start cost the Park Rapids boys basketball team in a 69-40 loss to New York Mills at the Century School gym on Thursday, Feb. 18.
This game was added to the schedule when a Mid-State Conference game between the Panthers and Crosby-Ironton was canceled on Friday (Feb. 19) because of COVID protocol at Crosby-Ironton.
New York Mills jumped out to a 22-7 lead as the Panthers managed only two baskets by Parker Harmon and a 3-pointer by Isaiah Olson in the early going. After Noah Morris hit two free throws to make it 22-9 with 7:27 to play in the first half, the Eagles closed the half with a 17-1 run to carry a 39-10 advantage into the break.
Nick Michaelson opened the second half with a pair of inside baskets, Harmon and Olson scored on layups, Mason Yliniemi hit a 3-pointer, Michaelson scored off a rebound, and Logan Jackson hit a jumper. The Panthers still trailed 53-25 with 8:59 to play. Three-pointers by Morris and Olson made it 53-32 with 6:20 remaining, before New York Mills responded with a 15-2 spurt to put the game away. James Hartig concluded the scoring for the Panthers with a pair of 3-pointers.
Olson and Harmon combined for 16 points for the Panthers, who fell to 2-7 on the season.
Tate Olson (19), Brock Hensch (12) and Jonah Johnson (11) scored in double figures as New York Mills improved to 8-2.