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Basketball teams get wins at Hoopster classics

Boys keep momentum over Beulah Miners

January 3, 2020
Bryce Berginski - Tribune Reporter (bberginski@thepiercecountytribune.com) , Pierce County Tribune

How the Rugby Panther boys basketball team would fare in a game after the Christmas holiday was an unknown to coaching staff.

"It's one of those deals where you kind of roll the dice and see," said Panthers head coach Mike Santjer.

The dice rolled in Rugby's favor as the Panthers won 64-49 over the Beulah Miners last week at the 2019 Hoopster Classic at the Minot State University Dome.

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Rugby guard Warren Walker (right) drives to the basket while being guarded by Beulah guard Trapper Skalsky.

The Panthers struck first with a score from Trace Goven. The Miners briefly snatched away the lead after a three-point play from Jonah Larson. However a three-pointer from Jaden Hamilton (the first of four on the game) put the Panthers back up. The end of the first quarter would see the Panthers up 26-15 over the Miners.

The second quarter would see the Miners outscore the Panthers 16-13 with a three-point play, two three-pointers and three different 1-for-2 trips to the line for three different players. The Panthers would see Warren Walker get six of his 10 points on the night at close range, and Devan Michels get his second of three three-pointers on the night for a 39-31 lead at halftime.

The Panthers outscored the Miners 13-7 in the third quarter, with nine of those points coming from Michels, Hamilton and Isaiah Bundy-Smith shooting from outside the arc.

The Panthers continued to outscore the Miners 12-11 in the fourth quarter.

"When we kept the tempo of the game moving, we were able to score and we looked really good offensively," said Santjer. "When we can play fast, and hopefully we get to that shape, our offense should continue to look good."

The Panthers hosted the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks in a home double-header with the girls on Friday.

The Panther boys ranked third in Monday's latest N.D. Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association poll.

 
 

 

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