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Miners steamroll Panthers, 62-50

January 6, 2017
Bryce Berginski - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

The Rugby Panthers had a tenuous grip on a 26-25 lead.

But the combination of junior forward Logan Miller and senior guard Reece Hoherz allowed the Beulah Miners* to take back the lead they previously held in the first quarter of the penultimate game of the Hoopster Classic last week at the Minot State University Dome. The Miners went on to win, 62-50, over the Panthers.

Mere seconds after intermission, Panthers senior guard Anders Johnson was sent to the charity stripe for a pair where he was 6-for-8 shooting on the night. Drilling both, the Panthers' lead went from one to three.

Then came Jacob Weigel, a 6'2" junior guard who put the Panthers' lead back to just one, and then briefly took the lead back for the Miners, starting an up-and-down stretch. Johnson then fired back for the Panthers with a make from outside. Nearly a minute later, it would be Hoherz for the Miners, then Johnson for the Panthers, then Miller for the Miners, then Johnson's classmate Chris Griffin for the Panthers, then Miller and Hoherz started the pull-away with the latter making his second three-pointer on the night. Miller would also land a three with 1:30 left on the game clock and closed out the quarter on a last-ditch bucket.

The fourth quarter saw sophomore forward Chad Morsette take the lead for the Miners, scoring 10 of his 14 total points on the quarter.

Freshman forward Trace Goven took the lead in scoring on the quarter from Johnson for the Panthers, starting with a layup in response but missing on the potential three-point play. But Goven redeemed himself two minutes later with a made three-point play.

Not to be outdone, Johnson would go on to make his third three of the night, and then go 1-for-2 from the foul line in the final seconds.

Morsette got the Miners on the board first after nearly two minutes of missed buckets in the opening quarter. Miller then added points on a three-point play, and Hoherz chipped in from outside. The Panthers didn't have a response until the 4:13 mark, with center Cade Heilman getting two to go down. The Panthers had two buckets with less than a minute remaining from Goven and Johnson to put the Miners' lead at just 12-10.

"I thought we could've ran on [the Miners] all night," said Panthers head coach Mike Santjer. "We got some easy buckets, some layups and that kind of got us back into the game a little bit."

The Panthers then forced the Miners to go underneath on ball screens, which paved the way for an improved second quarter. The Panthers were able to take the lead in the final minute, with Johnson and classmate Dillon Marco getting buckets. A last-second make by junior forward Andrew Vallejo put the Miners to within one before halftime.

"I thought [the Panthers'] ball screens were hurting us a little bit more in the first half," said Miners head coach Jeremy Brandt. "I thought we settled for jump shots a little too much."

The Panthers went on the road Thursday, facing Des Lacs- Burlington. The Panthers play at home today against the Harvey-Wells County Hornets starting at 4:15 p.m., and will stay at home Tuesday, facing the Westhope-Newburg Sioux.

 
 

 

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