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Patriots fall to Park Rapids boys in playoffs

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A late rally fell short as the fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball lost to the visiting No. 5 Park Rapids 60-57 in the Northeast Subsection 8AA quarterfinals on Thursday, March 7.

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The Patriots, who finish 11-16 overall, had defeated Park Rapids twice in Mid-State Conference play during the regular season. But in the quarterfinals, Pequot Lakes fell behind 30-25 at intermission and went on to lose a close finish.

“We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half,” Grewe said. “We missed some shots that we that we generally make. And we made too many turnovers.”

The Panthers, who came into the game with an 8-17 record, jumped to a 12-5 lead behind six points by Kyle Goplerud. The Patriots rallied, and trailed 18-15 after a 3-point basket by Wes Mumm, and Jordan Redmond scored on a rebound and Travis Jacobson added a layup basket.

Pequot Lakes trailed 27-20 late in the first half before Redmond scored five straight points to cut the deficit. But the Panthers answered on a 3-point basket by Tyler McCollum to give Park Rapids a 30-25 lead at intermission.

Brett Peterson made a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 36-32, but the Panthers extended the lead to 46-35 with less than 13 minutes remaining.

Tyler Tappe and Peterson each made 3-pointers to reduce the deficit to five points. Park Rapids eventually led 54-44 with 5:20 left before the Patriots rallied with six points behind a 3-point shot by Kevin Beltz, a pair of free throws by Tappe and Redmond scored on a layup.

Pequot Lakes suffered a setback when Redmond fouled out with a game-high 24 points with 3:57 remaining. The free throw was missed, but Beltz grabbed the rebound and made a nice pass to Jacobson for a layup to reduce the Panthers’ lead to 56-53.

Park Rapids was killing off time in the final two minutes, which forced the Patriots to foul. Chris Goplerud converted both free throws to push the lead to five points.

Jacobson’s layup cut the deficit to 58-55, before the Panthers would turn the ball over to Pequot Lakes. Peterson was fouled with 18.1 seconds left, and he made both free throws to make it a one-point contest.

The Patriots needed to foul, and Jordan McCollum made both attempts with 13.8 seconds remaining for the final score.

“We did make a nice run late to get back into the game, but it hurt to lose Jordan,” Grewe said of Redmond, who averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. “(Park Rapids) played well and they came here wanting to win.”

Jacobson and Redmond each had eight rebounds while Tappe added eight assists. Tyler McCollum led the Panthers with 14 points.

In the other Northeast Subsection quarterfinals on March 7, No. 2 Warroad topped No. 7 Roseau 51-37 and No. 3 Crookston downed No. 6 Bagley 70-62. In the subsection semifinals on Saturday, March 9, top-seeded Crosby-Ironton held off Park Rapids 54-50 and Warroad beat Crookston 68-62.

The top seeds also advanced in the Southwest Subsection as No. 1 Hawley will play No. 2 Perham in the final. The subsection finals were Tuesday, March 12, while the Section 8AA final is Friday, March 15, at Concordia College.

Park Rapids 30 30 — 60

Pequot Lakes 25 32 — 57

PARK RAPIDS

Mason Long 2, Jordan McCollum 6, Tyler McCollum 14, Rilee Johnson 10, Kyle Goplerud 10, Chris Goplerud 10, Zach Jewison 7. FT 13-19 (68 percent). FG 22-44 (50 percent). 3-point: 3-9 (33 percent).

PEQUOT LAKES

Brett Peterson 8, Kevin Beltz 3, Wes Mumm 6, Michael Ryan 2, Jordan Redmond 24, Tyler Tappe 7, Travis Jacobson 7. FT 12-19 (63 percent). FG 20-45 (44 percent). 3-point: 5-18 (28 percent)

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