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Panthers fall to Woodchucks in CNDC final

By Staff | Dec 23, 2016

The Rugby Panthers had the lead going into halftime in the final round of the CNDC Tournament last week in Harvey.

But a revitalized St. John Woodchucks team led by junior guard Dalton Prouty and forward Kyler McGillis snatched the lead back and limited the Panthers to just a three-pointer in a third quarter that helped lead to a 52-46 Panther loss and a second CNDC title.

Senior guard Anders Johnson got the Panthers on the board first, and knocked in another just one minute later. Meanwhile, missed buckets for the Woodchucks had them down seven to end the first quarter.

McGillis drew first blood to start the second quarter. Panthers junior guard Landen Foster was quick to respond, and a three-pointer from Johnson, followed 30 seconds later by classmate Chris Griffin helped maintain the lead. Prouty and McGillis then helped chip into the lead, with the Woodchucks down by seven to end the first half.

McGillis started things off for the Woodchucks in the third, then Prouty took over, starting with a shot to tie the game, then the first make from outside on the night, followed by another three minutes later. A costly technical foul on the Panthers bench sent Prouty to the foul line-where he was 4 for 6 on the night.

The Panthers staged a comeback, going on a 17-point run in the fourth quarter after freshman guard Brad Defender was first to act for the Woodchucks. Johnson would first to act, followed by Foster.

Fouls then reared their ugly heads in the final minute as Woodchucks senior guard Brad Decoteau was sent to the line for a pair, but the last shot would be erased by a lane violation. Prouty and McGillis joined a matter of seconds later, with Prouty being sent twice. Foster would be sent to the line for the Panthers-where he was 3 for 5 on the night.

To get to the final round, the Panthers defeated the Drake-Anamoose Raiders 64-37 and the Dunseith Dragons 76-51. St. John defeated the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets 55-40 to advance.

The Panthers traveled to Mohall on Thursday to face the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks, and will travel to Minot next Thursday (Dec. 29) to face the Beulah Bombers at the Minot State University Dome.

(sub.) Titans take seventh

The Towner-Granville-Upham Titans had a tough tournament from the get-go, falling to the Woodchucks the first night, 80-58.

Their first day in the consolation bracket, the Titans fared only slightly better, falling to the Rolla Bulldogs 74-66. The Titans were able to briefly come back in second half, outdoing their first half output and chipping the Bulldogs’ lead to just six to end the third quarter. However, Rolla would later score 21 points in the following quarter.

The seventh place game would be a cross-county matchup, with the Titans taking on the Raiders. The Titans established an early lead and came away with 59-47 win.

As of this writing the Titans are 3-2, having defeated the Surrey Mustangs, 60-28, on the road Tuesday. The Titans were at home Thursday against the Langdon Area-Munich-Edmore Cardinals, and will face the Glenburn Panthers next Thursday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

– Tribune Staff Report

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