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Verndale guard Marcos Gomez (3) is bracketed by Henning's Andrew Smith (42) and Collin Dague (5) in a Jan. 3 Park Region Conference tilt at Verndale. Photo by Brian Hansel

Pirates notch 65-54 PRC win over Eagles

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The Verndale Pirates held Park Region Conference foe New York Mills to 21 points in the second half Tuesday, en route to claiming a 65-54 victory in Mills.

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The two clubs battled to a 33-33 draw in the first half.

Josh Gilb netted a game-high 23 points for Verndale while Dallas Ehrmantraut added 21 and Eric Blaha chipped in with 14.

The Eagles saw four players reach double figures. Damon Tumberg led the Eagles with 13 points while Ted Hendrickx scored 12, Chance Pettow tallied 11 and Charlie Peeters scored 10.

Jordan Hinkle's Verndale crew is 3-1 in the PRC and tied for first place with Bertha-Hewitt. The Pirates are 6-3 overall. The Eagles dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 2-8 overall.

VERNDALE (65)

M. Gomez 4, C. Ehrmantraut 2, D. Ehrmantraut 21, E. Blaha 14, J. Gilb 23, D. Fisher 1. Totals: 17/4 27-41 65

NEW YORK MILLS (54)

E. Perala 3, C. Peeters 10, C. Pettow 11, D. Tumberg 13, T. Hendrickx 12, D. Gaudette 5. Totals: 15/3 15-28 54

Verndale 33 32 -- 65

New York Mills 33 21 -- 54

Henning 82, Verndale 70

The Hornets connected on 20 of their 32 free throw opportunities in a Jan. 3 Park Region Conference showdown with the Pirates.

The up-tempo battle saw Henning taking a 45-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. Jordan Hinkle's Pirates controlled the second half 41-37.

Dallas Ehrmantraut dropped in six treys and scored 30 points for Verndale. James Kveton and Josh Gilb combined for 30. The Pirates shot 49 percent from the field. The host team also canned 11 of 23 three-point attempts for a strong 47 percent clip. The Pirates were three of six at the line.

Four of Henning's five scorers reached double figures. Zach Torgerson tallied 29 points while Collin Dague scored 20, Kaleb Thalmann netted 18 and Andrew Smith scored 13. The Hornets shot 51 percent from the field.

HENNING (82)

C. Dague 20, K. Thalmann 18, Z. Torgerson 29, A. Suchy 2, A. Smith 13. Totals: 22/6 20-32 82

VERNDALE (70)

C. Ehrmantraut 2, D. Ehrmantraut 30, E. Blaha 8, J. Gilb 14, J. Kveton 16. Totals: 17/11 3-6 70

Henning 45 37 - 82

New York Mills 29 41 -- 70

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