Park boys basketball: Wolfpack falls to Stillwater, HastingsThe Park boys basketball team kept it close with a pair of Suburban East Conference opponents last week, but the Wolfpack’s losing streak hit 14 games with 20-point losses to Stillwater and Hastings at Park High School.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The Park boys basketball team kept it close with a pair of Suburban East Conference opponents last week, but the Wolfpack’s losing streak hit 14 games with 20-point losses to Stillwater and Hastings at Park High School.
Park (2-17; 0-11 SEC) played Stillwater to a 20-14 deficit at the halftime in the Wolfpack’s first game last week, held Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Cottage Grove. However, the Ponies (7-11; 5-6 SEC) scored 46 points in the second half, compared to Park’s 32 points to escape with a win. The Wolfpack got a well-rounded effort in the loss, with sophomore guard Sully Brenke leading the way with a team-high 12 points. Senior guard Robert Briggs was also in double figures with 11 points and senior forward Austen Kruzeski chipped in eight points.
Park hoped for a conference win over Hastings on Friday, Feb. 3, but the Raiders (7-11; 2-9 SEC) stormed out to a 32-18 halftime lead on the Wolfpack and held on for a 70-50 victory. Ten different players scored for Park in the loss. Briggs led the way with a team-best 12 points, senior Anthony Tola netted seven points and Brenke, senior Tim Vorwerk and sophomore Jake Bjornsen each scored six points.
On the year, junior forward Justin Myers leads the Wolfpack in scoring with an 8.9 points per game average. Vorwerk and Briggs are tied for second at 8.2 points per game and Brenke is tied for third with a 6.7 points per game average.
Park has seven regular-season games left this season. Next, the Wolfpack travels to Forest Lake (6-11; 2-9 SEC) on Friday, Feb. 10.