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Strong second half lifts Pillager past Panthers

A balanced scoring attack and a 40-20 run in the second half sparked the Huskies to 71-47 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team.

Pillager outscored the Park Rapids boys basketball team 40-20 in the second half in a 71-47 victory in the season opener at Pillager on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Carson VanVickle’s 15 points and Spencer Schaefer’s 13 points and 11 rebounds led the host Huskies. Erik Peterson and Ty Swenson scored 11 points each to lead Pillager’s balanced scoring attack.

Kaiden Walsh was the only Park Rapids player to hit double figures with 10 points. James Hartig (9), Nick Michaelson (8) and Shawn Ohm (8) combined for 25 points with Michaelson leading the way with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Jeff Haas had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals while Gabe Arola and Kolby Brandt had seven rebounds apiece. Hunter Brandt also had four steals as the Panthers had 18 steals in the game.

Park Rapids shot only 27% from the field (20 for 74, including going 2 for 17 on 3-pointers) and missed 10 of 15 free throws while turning the ball over 28 times.

PARK RAPIDS: Hartig 4 1-2 9, Haas 3 0-2 6, Arola 1 2-2 4, Walsh 4 0-1 10, Michaelson 4 0-1 8, K. Brandt 1 0-2 2, Ohm 3 0-2 8, Olson 0 0-0 0, Harmon 0 0-0 0, VanBatavia 0 0-0 0, H. Brandt 0 0-0 0, Phillippi 0 0-0 0, Yliniemi 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 for 74 (FG), 5 for 15 (FT).
PILLAGER: VanVickle 15, Schaefer 13, Peterson 11, Swenson 11, Beard 7, Bentson 5, Hiltner 4, Decker 3, Kocur 2.
Halftime: Pillager 31, Park Rapids 27. Three-pointers: Walsh 2. Rebounds: Park Rapids 45 (Michaelson 13, Haas 9, Arola 7, K. Brandt 6, Ohm 6, Walsh 2, Hartig 1). Assists: Park Rapids 8 (Haas 5, Hartig 2, H. Brandt 1). Steals: Park Rapids 18 (Haas 4, H. Brandt 4, Arola 3, Michaelson 3, K. Brandt 2, Olson 1, Ohm 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 8 (Michaelson 6, Walsh 1, Ohm 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 15. Turnovers: Park Rapids 28.

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