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Boys Basketball: Pequot knocks off PRB in opener

Ryan Harmala and Cruz Megazzini each finished with 11 points for Pequot Lakes as they defeated Pine River-Backus 66-44 in the season-opener for both teams Thursday, Dec. 2.

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Pequot Lakes senior Nic Kotaska looks to pass in the Patriots' win over PR-B on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

Ryan Harmala and Cruz Megazzini each finished with 11 points for Pequot Lakes as they defeated Pine River-Backus 66-44 in the season-opener for both teams Thursday, Dec. 2.

Eli Laposky recorded 10 points for the Patriots while Nick Kotaska added nine points.

Brady Bristow was the leading scorer for the Tigers as he scored 13 points and Jared Hamilton finished with 11 points.

Pequot Lakes 28 38 — 66

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Pine River-Backus 14 30 — 44

PEQUOT LAKES

Ryan Harmala 11, Nic Kotaska 9, Cruz Megazzini 11, Gavin Kennen 8, Grant Loge 7, Conner Quale 2, Eli Laposky 10, Sam Rysavy 8. FT 13-20 (65%). Overall: 1-0. Next: at Grand Rapids 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Irvin Tulenchik 2, Carson Travis 5, Brady Bristow 13, Jared Hamilton 11, Andrew Bueckers 8, Rian Struss 5. FT 15-20 (75%). Overall: 0-1. Next: at Staples-Motley Friday, Dec. 3.

PR-B 47, S-M 44

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Bristow, Hamilton and Rian Struss each scored 11 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 47-44 Friday, Dec. 3.

Pine River-Backus 26 21 -- 47

Staples-Motley 25 19 -- 44

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Irvin Tulenchik 9, Carson Travis 2, Brady Bristow 11, Jared Hamilton 11, Robert Bueckers 3, Rian Struss 11. Overall: 1-1.

STAPLES-MOTLEY

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Chandler Braith 3, Isaiah Schultz 16, Sivert Klefsaas 10, Joshua Schimpp 5, Wyatt Kobliska 6, Hunter Miller 4. Overall: 0-1.

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PR-B's Jared Hamilton takes a contested shot in the Tigers' game against Pequot Lakes on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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