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Boys Basketball: Park Rapids holds off EGF in section battle

The Panthers improved to 11-3 with the 65-58 victory.

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Zach Van Batavia (10) dribbled past East Grand Forks' Jonathan Krueger during a game at the Century School gym on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.
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PARK RAPIDS – After trailing 17-6 early, the Park Rapids boys basketball team responded by claiming a 45-28 advantage before holding on for a 65-58 victory over East Grand Forks in a game between Section 8AA teams at the Century School gym on Monday, Jan. 31.

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Isaiah Olson drove in for a layup during Park Rapids' win over East Grand Forks on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.
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Park Rapids rallied to claim a 28-22 lead at the half while Zach Van Batavia’s 3-pointer provided the biggest advantage of the game at 45-28 with 12:42 to play. Layups by Logan Jackson and Isaiah Olson kept Park Rapids in front 49-36 at the 11:09 mark before the Green Wave went on a 21-12 spurt to cut the gap to 61-57 with 1:40 remaining. Olson and Parker Harmon had layups, Noah Larson hit a 3-pointer, and Nick Michaelson scored off a rebound for the Panthers during that stretch. Noah Morris hit two free throws and Harmon and Michaelson made free throws in the final 37 seconds to help seal the win.

Michaelson’s 26 points and Olson’s 10 points led the way as the Panthers improved to 3-3 in section games and 11-3 overall.

Clyde Anderson and Tanner Campos scored 15 points apiece for the Green Wave, who fell to 2-7 against section opponents and 7-9 overall.

Warroad (15-3), Pelican Rapids (12-4), Hawley (11-3), Thief River Falls (11-4), Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (9-3), and Perham (8-5) join the Panthers atop the section standings.

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EAST GRAND FORKS: Anderson 15, Krueger 5, Campos 15, Vasek 7, Rusling 6, Carpenter 5, Smith 3, Loer 2.

PARK RAPIDS: Morris 4, Van Batavia 4, Olson 10, Harmon 6, Yliniemi 2, Larson 5, Jackson 8, Michaelson 26.

Halftime: Park Rapids 28, EGF 22.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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