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Patriots control second half in win over Panthers

Pequot Lakes opened the second half with an 18-0 run to break open a close game and defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 81-43 in a Mid-State Conference game Jan. 24 at the Area High School gym.

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Park Rapids' Hunter Brandt (12) flipped a shot over Pequot Lakes' Korey Jackson during a Mid-State Conference game at the Area High School gym on Jan. 24. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Pequot Lakes opened the second half with an 18-0 run to break open a close game and defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 81-43 in a Mid-State Conference game Jan. 24 at the Area High School gym.

Park Rapids held leads of 10-9, 20-15 and 25-23 before the Patriots closed the first half with an 11-6 run to carry a 34-31 lead into the intermission.

Gabe Bagstad hit two 3-pointers and a jumper and scored off a steal to give the Panthers a 10-9 lead with 13:16 to play in the first half. A jumper by Jeff Haas and a 3-pointer and a basket off a rebound by Bagstad extended Park Rapids' advantage to 20-15 at the 7:22 mark. Another layup by Bagstad made it 25-23 with 3:18 left in the opening half. A 3-pointer by Sean Ryan gave Pequot Lakes a 34-29 edge before Bagstad's layup before the buzzer closed the half.

The Patriots took charge to open the second half as a pair of 3-pointers by Ryan, a 3-pointer by Owen Seidl, two layups by Tyler Manley and a pair of inside baskets by Jordan Schommer extended the lead to 52-31 with 12:41 to play. Bagstad connected on three 3-pointers, but the Panthers still trailed 61-41 with 7:27 to go. Pequot Lakes ended the game with a 20-2 run as 3-pointers by Seidl and Dylan Collins provided the spark as the Patriots outscored the Panthers 47-12 in the second half. A layup by Bagstad (who scored all 12 of the Panthers' points after the intermission) with 2:58 remaining accounted for Park Rapids' only points during that game-ending run.

Bagstad finished with 32 points, six rebounds and four steals to lead the Panthers. Haas (5), Ty Karger (5) and Jake Reish (1) combined to score Park Rapids' other 11 points. Haas had three assists, Nick Michaelson had four rebounds and Preston Renneberg had two blocked shots as Park Rapids fell to 2-3 in the conference and 4-9 overall with its seventh straight loss.

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Ryan (16), Schommer (15), Vincent Miska (12) and Seidl (11) led a balanced scoring attack as the Patriots improved to 4-1 in conference play and 12-3 overall. Detroit Lakes leads the conference standings at 5-0.

PEQUOT LAKES: Ryan 6 0-0 16, Seidl 4 0-0 11, Ackerman 1 0-0 2, Magnuson 2 2-3 6, Morgan 1 1-2 3, Manley 2 2-2 6, Kotaska 0 1-2 1, Jackson 2 1-1 5, Monahan 0 1-2 1, Schommer 4 7-8 15, Collins 1 0-0 3, Miska 4 4-6 12. Totals: 27 (FG), 19 for 26 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Stewart 0 0-0 0, Reish 0 1-3 1, Clark 0 0-0 0, Haas 1 3-4 5, Renneberg 0 0-0 0, H. Brandt 0 0-0 0, Garwood 0 0-0 0, Bagstad 10 7-12 32, Karger 2 1-2 5, Michaelson 0 0-2 0, Walsh 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 for 47 (FG), 12 for 23 (FT).

Halftime: Pequot Lakes 34, Park Rapids 31. Three-pointers: Ryan 4, Seidl 3, Collins 1, Bagstad 5. Team fouls: Pequot Lakes 18, Park Rapids 23. Fouled out: Haas. Rebounds: Park Rapids 22 (Bagstad 6, Michaelson 4, Haas 3, H. Brandt 3, Karger 3, Reish 2, Clark 1). Assists: Park Rapids 6 (Haas 3, Renneberg 2, H. Brandt 1). Steals: Park Rapids 9 (Bagstad 4, H. Brandt 2, Michaelson 2, Walsh 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Renneberg 2). Turnovers: Park Rapids 28.

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