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Big games for boys basketball

By Staff | Jan 11, 2019

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Rugby’s Jaden Hamilton (no. 13) executes a dunk while a Westhope-Newburg Sioux player watches Tuesday evening. The Panthers won 84-44 over the Sioux.

A handful of Rugby Panther boys basketball team members had big games over three different nights.

Forward Trace Goven led in scoring with 22 points Tuesday night in a 84-44 District 11 victory over the Westhope-Newburg Sioux. That game also saw guard Devan Michels net 16 points; forward Isaiah Bundy-Smith with 12; and Logan DeMontigny with 11.

Jaden Hamilton proved to be a threat inside and out, netting 27 points in an 88-60 victory at home over the Harvey-Wells County Hornets just days before.

Forward Cole Wentz led the Panthers in scoring in a 67-57 road win last Thursday over the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers. Hamilton also posted double-digit scoring that night with 20.

Tuesday’s game started with the Panthers and the Sioux trading three-pointers early, and both teams were relatively even in scoring until Goven exploded and notched 14 of his 22 points in just the first quarter. The Panthers would end the quarter with a 25-10 advantage.

The Panthers’ stifling defense paid dividends in the second quarter, allowing the offense to score 27 points. The Sioux were limited to 10 points on the quarter, with six of them coming from two different trips to the foul line apiece for forward Wyatt Lemay and guard Anthony Tabarez.

The third quarter would see Sioux guard Dexter Dunham (who led his squad with 16 points on the night) and forward Colton Bowers outpace their first half output. However the Panthers would get out of the quarter with a 77-34 advantage that set the stage for a running clock fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Sioux outscored the Panthers 10-7.

“When we get up and down the floor and share the basketball we’re a pretty decent team, and we did that at times tonight,” Panthers head coach Mike Santjer said Tuesday evening. “When we got up and down it was good for us.”

In the game against the Hornets, the Panthers were 11 points up early before their opponent got on the board with a three-pointer from Conner Fike. The Hornets would also see Tyson Tipton emerge; he scored seven of his 26 points on the night in the first quarter.

The Panthers ended the first quarter with a 33-14 lead. That lead would increase to 55-27 by halftime. The Panthers would have a huge third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 24-9, to set the stage for a running clock fourth.

Against the Lakers, the Panthers had a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 32-19 lead by the end of the first half. Both teams would score 16 points apiece in the third quarter. The fourth saw the Lakers outscore the Panthers 22-19.

With the wins, the Panthers (who were ranked third as of Monday’s latest Class B boys poll) improved to 8-0 on the season prior to a home game Thursday night against the North Star Bearcats.

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