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Panther boys improve to 12-0

By Staff | Jan 24, 2014

Lori Gronvold/PCT Rugby High School junior guard Tanner Bernhardt scores ahead of Dunseith senior guard Lucas Nadeau in the Panthers’ 87-62 road win Tuesday.

The Rugby High School boys basketball team continued its undefeated run ahead of Friday’s long-anticipated matchup with No. 4 Des Lacs-Burlington.

The Panthers went on the road to handle Sawyer 79-43 on Jan. 17, and Dunseith 87-62 on Tuesday.

Junior forward Brad Heidlebaugh led four Panthers in double figures with 22 points against Sawyer despite being the focus of the Flashes’ defense.

“I wouldn’t say it was our best performance by any means,” RHS coach Mike Santjer said. “They tried to play a box-and-one on Brad, which slowed him a little bit, but when we were able to get out and run the floor we were able to get points in transition.”

Ten Panthers scored in the game. Junior guard Tanner Bernhardt had 14, senior guard Jaedon Haman had 13 and junior forward Zach Miller chipped in 10.

The Dragons provided a slightly stiffer challenge, but tried a triangle-and-two defense to slow Heidlebaugh and Miller. It didn’t work too well. Heidlebaugh scored a game-high 32 points, hauled in 15 rebounds and hit three 3-pointers. Bernhardt also hit three from long range and was one of four Panthers in double figures. Senior Chris Hamilton scored 16 points, Miller had 14 and Bernhardt scored 13.

“We had a really good team effort,” Santjer said. “We played some different kids off the bench we’re trying to find some time for. Hunter Hager had a really nice game and filled some minutes.”

Haman fouled out in the third quarter and Miller also had foul trouble, opening up time for Anders Johnson. The freshman scored four points.

“We needed some bench kids to step up and they did a really nice job,” Santjer said.

The boys play Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood today in a girls-boys doubleheader at the Minot State University Dome starting at 1 p.m.

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