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The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team trailed by three points late before falling to the Park Rapids Panthers 79-65 in a Mid-State Conference matchup on Friday, Jan. 31.

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The Patriots trailed 47-40 at the half before making a comeback bid in the second half. The Panthers eventually put the game away with successful free throws in the closing minutes.

C.J. Borleis led Pequot Lakes with 22 points while Jack Kreitz added 18 points and Hunter Larson 10 points. Jordan McCollom had 26 points and teammate Rilee Johnson added 25 for the Panthers.

Park Rapids won the game at the line – making 29 of 38 attempts (76 percent). Pequot Lakes were 12 of 17 from the free-throw line.

The Patriots, who dropped to 2-5 in the conference and 8-11 overall, are scheduled to play at Roseau on Friday, Feb. 7.

The Pequot Lakes junior varsity defeated Park Rapids 57-33 as Josh Buell had 18 points, Gage Westlund added 14, Hunter Goerges eight, Eric Elverum and Connor Dale four, Cody Huss three, and Levi Palmer and Austin Anderson each had a free throw.

The Patriots’ C-team led 23-16 at the half and cruised to a 45-25 win. Erik Sandelin led Pequot Lakes with 13 points, Mike Pluimer had seven, Anthony Poepin and Casey Welch each had five, Ben Nelson and Kirk Johnson four, Borleis three and Hunter Clement had two.

“The guys played well, and we had a boost in the second half when Noah Borleis hit a 3-point shot,” said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent.

Park Rapids 47 32 — 79

Pequot Lakes 40 25 — 65

PARK RAPIDS

Wyatt Derman 5, Tyler McCollum 18, Rilee Johnson 25, Jordan McCollum 26, Remington Hagen 3, Bryce Brovitch 2. FT 29-38 (76 percent).

PEQUOT LAKES

Connor Davich 7, Jack Kreitz 18, Brett Peterson 1, John Craig 4, Travis Jacobson 5, Hunter Larson 10, CJ Borleis 22. FT 12-17 (70 percent).

Pelican Rapids 87, Patriots 67

The visiting Pelican Rapids Vikings downed Pequot Lakes in non-conference boys’ basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The Patriots led 12-7 early as Borleis and Larson each had 3-point baskets. The Vikings rallied to tie it at 15, but Pequot Lakes later assumed a 19-17 lead before a series of turnovers gave the momentum to Pelican Rapids. The Vikings scored 11 straight points for a 28-19 advantage before a shot jump shot by Borleis and a 3-pointer by Larson ended the run. Pelican Rapids came back with a 3-point shot by Ryan Bruggeman, and the remainder of the half was played evenly as the visitors led 45-38 at the break despite 15 points by Larson.

Bruggeman nailed a 3-pointer to open the second half while the Vikings’ Charles Taylor came off the bench to score 12 straight points for Pelican Rapids, which opened a 60-45 lead. Larson did make his fifth 3-point basket of the game in the final minutes, but the Vikings still had a 20-point win.

“We had way too many turnovers in the first half,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns.”It was like our offense shut down in the second half as (Pelican Rapids) did a good job shutting down both Larson and Borleis.”

Larson led the Patriots with a career-high 23 points while Borleis had 16 and Jack Kreitz 11. Four Vikings reached double figures, including Taylor with 23 and Bruggeman with 20.

The Pequot Lakes junior varsity defeated Pelican Rapids 56-42 as Westlund had 20 points. The Patriots started with a 14-4 lead after 3-pointers by Westlund and Connor Dale. They eventually led 25-17 at intermission behind a 3-point basket by Jackson Goerges.

The Patriots opened the second half with a 12-5 run, and they eventually led by as many as 21 points. Huss finished with 10 points while Elverum had seven, and Jackson Goerges and Andy Voges each had four.

Pelican Rapids 45 42 — 87

Pequot Lakes 38 29 — 67

PELICAN RAPIDS

Tyler Honrud 6, Ryan Bruggeman 20, Ryan Bakken 2, Mitch Mackner 3, Travis Haugen 15, Charles Taylor 23, Blaine Gorton 11, Nathan Sillerud 7. FT 20-29 (89 percent).

PEQUOT LAKES

Connor Davich 6, Jack Kreitz 11, Brett Peterson 3, Tyler Tappe 4, Travis Jacobson 4, Hunter Larson 23, CJ Borleis 16. FT 4-10 (40 percent).

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