Boys’ Basketball: 3 Patriots, 3 Tigers named to all-area team

The Tigers finished their season with a 13-14 record, while the Patriots finished with a record of 25-8

Pequot Lakes boys basketball state Eli Laposky
Pequot Lakes' Eli Laposky led all athletes in Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus with 482 points.
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The Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus boys basketball teams each had three representatives named to the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Teams.

Pequot Lakes sees two of its athletes named to the all-area first team and one to the second, while PR-B have the inverse with one member of the first team and two on the second team.

The Tigers finished their season with a 13-14 record, falling to the Swanville Bulldogs 75-61 in the West Subsection 5-1A Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 10.

The Patriots, meanwhile, finished with a record of 25-8, winning the section title and qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2007. Their final game was a 79-56 loss to Minnehaha Academy in the state consolation championship.



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Sam Rysavy

Sam Rysavy, Pequot Lakes

Junior, center

Finished with 383 points (11.6 per game), 332 rebounds (10.1 per game), 20 assists (0.6 per game), 36 steals and 21 blocked shots. He shot 66% (172-259) from the field and 51% (39-76) from the free throw line.

Eli Laposky, Pequot Lakes

Junior, guard

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Eli Laposky

Finished with 482 points (14.6 per game), 144 rebounds (4.4 per game), 158 assists (4.8 per game), 65 steals and eight blocked shots. He shot 37% (157-427) from the field, 33% (92-282) from 3-point and 75% (76-101) from the free throw line.


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Brady Bristow

Brady Bristow, Pine River-Backus

Senior, guard
Finished with 444 points (16.4 per game), 170 rebounds (6.2 per game), 63 assists (2.3 per game), 58 steals and 13 blocked shots. He shot 47% (162-347) from the field, 37% (68-184) from 3-point and 74% (52-70) from the free throw line.


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Ryan Harmala

Ryan Harmala, Pequot Lakes

Senior, guard

Finished with 295 points (8.9 per game), 67 rebounds (2.0 per game), 66 assists (2.0 per game) and 47 steals. He shot 36% (104-288) from the field, 29% (33-133) from 3-point and 71% (54-76) from the free throw line.

Jared Hamilton, Pine River-Backus

Junior, forward

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Jared Hamilton

Finished with 302 points (11.6 per game), 133 rebounds (4.9 per game), 82 assists (3.0 per game) and 48 steals. He shot 47% (124-266) from the field, 27% (24-89) from 3-point and 63% (30-48) from the free throw line.


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Rian Struss

Rian Struss, Pine River-Backus

Junior, forward
Finished with 301 points (11.1 per game), 172 rebounds (6.4 per game), 46 assists (1.7 per game), 39 steals and nine blocked shots. He shot 45% (128-263) from the field, 32% (7-22) from 3-point and 54% (38-70) from the free throw line.

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