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Defending state champs dismantle Panthers

By Staff | Feb 10, 2017

Defending state champs dismantle Panthers

Another chapter in the rivalry between the Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians and the Rugby Panthers ended Tuesday night with a 83-32 Panther loss.

Guards Tronis McKay and Steve Redfox proved to be a dangerous combination early on, with the latter getting 10 points and the former getting 16 in a 34-10 first quarter.

The Panthers were bitten by the turnover bug early, but were able to get in two from downtown from seniors Dillon Marco and Anders Johnson.

The Indians’ scoring run continued into the second quarter, while the Panthers were scoreless until the 5:49 mark, with freshman Trace Goven completing a three-point play. The Panthers were also able to beat the buzzer on a three-pointer from junior guard Landen Foster.

The Panthers didn’t fare any better in the second half, as McKay led in scoring in a 21-7 third quarter and a 13-3 fourth quarter.

Panthers beat Raiders on three-pointer

Marco doesn’t always put up huge numbers in games.

But he did throw up crucial shots in a tight game last week against the Drake-Anamoose Raiders in Rugby.

In the first quarter, the Raiders were able to take the lead on two three-pointers from guard Pete Buri. After Marco contributed two points from the charity stripe for the Panthers, Raiders center Gavin Kite’s layup in the final seconds put the Raiders just three points ahead.

The Panthers would take the lead back late in the second quarter with last makes from Goven and Johnson in the final seconds. The Panthers then outscored the Raiders 14-7 in the third quarter.

The Raiders showed signs of resurgence in the fourth quarter with senior Trey Windish getting 16 points on the quarter eight of them from the foul line. On two of the attempts the Raiders were briefly able to take the lead back, the last of which was with 16 seconds left in regulation.

With time ticking down, Marco was able to shoot a boomer from the corner, clinching a 57-55 victory for the Panthers.

The Panthers have two home games coming before the postseason: Tuesday (Feb. 14) against the Bishop Ryan Lions and Friday (Feb. 17) against the Dunseith Dragons

– Tribune Staff Report

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