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Three-point shots propel Prowlers past Panthers

Thief River Falls makes nine 3-pointers to spark 69-53 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team.

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Mason Yliniemi (13) attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds during Park Rapids' game against Thief River Falls at the Area High School gym on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Three-point shooting at crucial points propelled Thief River Falls to a 69-53 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team in a game between Section 8AA opponents at the Area High School gym on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

A 3-pointer by Storm Manning gave the Prowlers an early 9-4 lead before a pair of jumpers by Nick Michaelson enabled Park Rapids to tie the game at 9-9 with 12:46 to play in the first half.

After 3-pointers by Brevyn Lingen and Zach Praska gave Thief River Falls a 19-14 advantage at the 8:39 mark, two inside baskets by Shawn Ohm helped the Panthers tie the game at 19-19 with 6:01 to play in the opening half.

Another 3-pointer by Manning gave the Prowlers a 28-19 edge at the 4:19 mark before a 3-pointer by Mason Yliniemi cut the gap to 28-15 with 3:57 to go before the break. A layup off a steal and a 3-pointer by Lingen gave Thief River Falls a 39-25 lead at the intermission.

Jeff Haas opened the second half with a layup to make it 39-27 before a pair of 3-pointers by Manning helped extend the Prowlers’ advantage to 48-29 with 15:12 to play.

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Three straight jumpers and a basket off a rebound by Michaelson closed the gap to 49-39 with 11:30 to go. A layup off a steal by Lingen, a three-point play by Lingen and a 3-pointer by Gunner Zutz pushed the Prowlers’ lead to 58-39 with 8:23 remaining.

The Panthers used consecutive 3-pointers by Haas and Kaiden Walsh and a jumper by Michaelson to trim the deficit to 60-47 with 6:17 showing, but a 3-pointer by Manning gave Thief River Falls a 63-47 lead with 3:27 left.

Yliniemi countered with a 3-pointer at the 2:37 mark before a pair of layups by Gunnar Aune in the final 1:52 sealed the win.

Michaelson posted a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five blocked shots to lead the Panthers. Haas added 11 points and six rebounds while Kolby Brandt (7) and Hunter Brandt (5) combined for 12 rebounds as Park Rapids fell to 0-2 against Section 8AA opponents and 1-3 overall. The Panthers went 4 for 18 on 3-pointers and missed 12 free throws.

Manning (19), Lingen (18), Aune (10), Zutz (9) and Praska (9) led a balanced scoring attack for the Prowlers, who made nine 3-pointers and forced 35 turnovers in improving to 2-1 on the season and against section foes.

THIEF RIVER FALLS: Zutz 4 0-1 9, Lingen 6 4-5 18, Praska 3 1-2 9, Aune 4 2-4 10, S. Manning 6 3-6 19, Krukeberg 0 2-3 2, J. Manning 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 (FG), 12 for 21 (FT).
PARK RAPIDS: Hartig 0 1-2 1, Haas 4 2-3 11, Walsh 1 0-0 3, Michaelson 11 4-8 26, K. Brandt 0 1-2 1, Olson 0 0-0 0, Arola 0 0-0 0, Yliniemi 2 0-0 6, Harmon 0 0-0 0, VanBatavia 0 0-2 0, H. Brandt 0 0-1 0, Phillippi 0 0-0 0, Ohm 2 1-3 5. Totals: 20 for 54 (FG), 9 for 21 (FT).
Halftime: Thief River Falls 39, Park Rapids 25. Three-pointers: Zutz 1, Lingen 2, Praska 2, S. Manning 4, Haas 1, Walsh 1, Yliniemi 2. Team fouls: Thief River Falls 21, Park Rapids 21. Rebounds: Park Rapids 39 (Michaelson 12, K. Brandt 7, Haas 6, H. Brandt 5, Hartig 3, Yliniemi 2, VanBatavia 2, Walsh 1, Ohm 1). Assists: Park Rapids 3 (Walsh 2, Yliniemi 1). Steals: Park Rapids 6 (Michaelson 2, Haas 1, Walsh 1, VanBatavia 1, H. Brandt 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 6 (Michaelson 5, H. Brandt 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 35.

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