The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team has had their share of illness and injuries this season.
First, senior starter Jordan Redmond had mononucleosis to open the season. Then Tyler Tappe injured his knee, and then Travis Jacobson suffered a severe sprained ankle. And finally sophomore Brandon Hehir was pulled up from the junior varsity team to earn his first varsity start.
But the woes continued for coach Garry Grewe’s squad as Hehir was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg in a snowmobile accident.
The Patriots hosted the Park Rapids Panthers in a Mid-State Conference game on Friday, Feb. 1, and they cast their woes aside for one night with a 69-59 win over the visitors.
Pequot Lakes was led in the first half by guard Brett Peterson, who made all five of his 3-point shots for 15 points while Redmond added 12 points as the Patriots built a 43-26 halftime lead.
After Tappe scored a couple baskets and was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line to help Pequot Lakes assume their largest lead at 54-31 with less than 12 minutes left. The Panthers weren’t about to quit as they went on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 54-44. Park Rapids’ rally was sparked by Tyler McCollum with eight points and Jordan McCollum with five.
The Patriots later extended the lead to 14 points after Tappe’s 16-foot basket and a steal and layup by John Craig. The Panthers did trim their deficit to 63-55 with two minutes remaining. But Pequot Lakes sealed the win as Wes Mumm popped in a 10-foot shot and Craig added a pair of free throws to make it 69-57.
Jordan Redmond finished with 20 points while Peterson had 16 for the Patriots, who improved to 5-3 in the conference and 7-9 overall. Tyler McCollum had a game-high 22 points.
“Both Brett (Peterson) and Jordan (Redmond) had big games for us,” said Grewe. “But with two guys out with injuries, some bench players stepped up including Connor Davich and Mike Ryan, who had some good minutes in helping us build a nice first-half lead.”
The Patriots made just 12 of 31 free-throw attempts.
“Again we didn’t shoot well at the line, but we did shoot well from the floor,” Grewe said. “And we did play well defensively, which forced (Park Rapids) to shoot from the outside.”
Pequot Lakes, who faced Staples-Motley on Tuesday, Feb. 5, is then scheduled to host Crookston at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, and Roseau at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Park Rapids 23 36 — 59
Pequot Lakes 40 29 — 69
Mason Long 3, Jordan McCollum 12, Tyler McCollum 22, Rilee Johnson 6, Kyle Goplerud 8, Cory Gartner 2, Christopher Goplerud 4, Zach Jewison 2. FT 9-13 (69 percent).
Connor Davich 6, Brett Peterson 18, John Craig 4, Wes Mumm 8, Michael Ryan 2, Jordan Redmond 20, Tyler Tappe 11. FT 12-31 (39 percent).