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Wolverines respond with victory over New York Mills

With a chance at the Park Region Conference title going by the wayside, the Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to right the ship and snap a four game losing streak when they faced off with New York Mills on Feb. 23 .

The Wolverines had three players finish in double figures as they returned to .500 with a 62-51 victory over the Eagles, which snapped their four game skid.

Bereket Loer and Jonathan Pantages had strong first halves and it was Noah Ross coming on strong in the second half, which keyed the win. Loer finished with a team high of 18 points, while Pantages dropped in 16. Ross finished with 15 points. Loer finished with 10 in the first half and Pantages added 12 when the Wolverines built up a 32-21 lead.

Ross helped seal the game for the Wolverines with 13 of his 15 points coming in the second half. Ross hit five of six from the free throw line in the win.

The Wadena-DC defense held the Eagles to just 26 percent shooting from the field. The Wolverines had a strong night on the glass as well, out-rebounding New York Mills 51-42. Hunter Hawkins hauled in 13 of them, while Ryan Anderson grabbed 10 of his own. Their work on the glass counted a big night on the boards from Brady Bauck, who grabbed 19 of them.

Jonas Baune led the way for the Eagles, when he finished with 19 points. Russel Arno and Bauck added eight points each.

The Wolverines hosted Upsala on Feb. 27 before closing out the season with a road trip to Bagley on Friday, March 2.

WDC 32 30--62

NYM 21 30--51

WDC: Bereket Loer 18, Jonathan Pantages 16, Matt Goeden 2, Hunter Hawkins 5, Noah Ross 15, Ryan Anderson 8.

3-pointers: Loer 3, Pantages 2. Free Throws: 15-23. Fouls 16. Fouled Out: None

NYM: Derin Gaudette 9, Russel Arno 8, Edan Cassidy 2, Isaiah Laudenbach 5, Jonas Baune 19, Brady Bauck 8

3-pointers: Gaudette 2, Arno 2, Bauck 2. Free Throws: 9-18. Fouls: 20. Fouled Out: None

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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