Panther boys meet semifinal heartbreaker
The Rugby Panthers found themselves on the wrong end of a 59-58 loss to the Our Redeemer’s Christian School Knights in the semifinal round of the Region 6 Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening at the Minot State University Dome.
The Panthers won the tipoff battle and put points on the board early. However, three pointers from Matt (15 points) and Zach Hendrickson (25 points) and Levi Weekly (11 points) helped put the Knights ahead 18-15 by the end of the first quarter.
The Hendricksons wouldn’t be done shooting from outside in the second stanza either. Matt would get his second on the night while Zach would add three more to his credit.
The Panthers then took over, getting buckets where it counted, including a split-second throw-up from just beyond half court from Devon Michels (7 points) that went in just milliseconds before the buzzer for a 34-30 Panther lead at halftime.
The Panthers opened the second half with a bucket from Jaden Hamilton (14 points). The Knights would later hit two 3-pointers to give themselves a 1-point lead with just over a minute left to play in the third quarter. A 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line for Isaiah Bundy-Smith (12 points) tied the game 44-44.
The Knights outscored the Panthers by a razor thin 15-14 point margin in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers were 22-for-48 from the field and 3-for-16 from beyond the arc, and went 11-for-18 from the charity stripe. The Knights were 22-for-51 from the field and 12-for-27 from the arc, and went 3-for-5 from the free throw line.
The Panthers played the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks Thursday in the third place game. The Knights took on the Bishop Ryan Lions for a state tournament berth.
The day before
The Panthers won 58-42 over the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers Monday to advance to the semifinal round.
The Panthers were 24-for-52 from the field and 2-for-7 from the arc, and went 8-for-11 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile the Lakers were 16-for-45 from the field and 6-for-21 from outside, and 4-for-7 from the free throw line.
The Panthers worked up a 14-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw a pair of 3-pointers from Dante Gunville help the Lakers cut into the Panthers’ lead and outscore the latter 13-10.
However the Panthers would outscore the Lakers 34-21 in the second half.
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