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Rugby nets win over Four Winds

By Staff | Feb 9, 2018

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Panther guard Landen Foster drives into the paint in the process of what would later be a feed to Jaden Hamilton for a score. The Panthers defeated rivals in the Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians Tuesday evening at home.

Another chapter in the rivalry between the Rugby Panthers and Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians boys basketball teams was on the books Tuesday night.

And it ended with the Panthers getting a 66-58 win at home.

The Indians struck first, at one point having an 11-5 lead over the Panthers in the first quarter.

And then the Panthers turned the tables.

“[The Indians] came out shooting very well tonight, so we just got hands up, made things and contested shots and made it hard for them,” said Panthers head coach Mike Santjer.

The Panthers would find themselves ahead by three with forward Jaden Hamilton getting fed in the post from guard Landen Foster and putting the ball up. After a bucket to beat the buzzer from post Isaiah Johnson, the Panthers were up 24-17 at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw the Panthers continue to hold the lead, although the scoring output was much closer at 13-12. The third quarter would be almost as close at 16-13 in the Panthers’ favor. The Indians outscored the Panthers 16-13 in the fourth.

The Panthers handily defeated the Drake-Anamoose Raiders, 80-25, in a District 11 road game last week. The Panthers will travel to Minot on Tuesday to take on the Bishop Ryan Lions-who are currently ranked seventh in Class B basketball polls.

The Indians were receiving votes in the polls-as were New Town, Beulah, Carrington, Maple Valley, Dunseith and Our Redeemer’s Christian School.

Since the 2015 State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament, the Panthers are 1-for-2 in meetings with the Indians. In 2016 the Panthers lost 61-58, and the next year lost 83-32.

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