Park boys basketball: Wolfpack fall to Raptors, Royals draw No. 3 Eastview in sectionsThe Park boys basketball team’s regular season came to an end with Suburban East Conference losses to rivals Woodbury and East Ridge last week.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The Park boys basketball team’s regular season came to an end with Suburban East Conference losses to rivals Woodbury and East Ridge last week.
The pair of defeats capped a 2-24 overall season for the Wolfpack, which now sets its focus on the postseason.
Park’s first-round matchup is a doozy. The Wolfpack drew top-seed and No. 3-ranked Eastview in the first round of the Section 3AAAA tournament. The two teams will tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 at Eastview. The Lightning are a solid 25-1 on the year
The same two teams met in last year’s section opener, with Eastview winning 80-19.
In Park’s final two games of the regular season, the Wolfpack fell behind its opponent early, but hung tough with conference power Woodbury and with the Raptors.
In the loss to Woodbury, the Royals (21-5; 15-3?SEC)?went ahead 49-18 at the half. But, Park played them evenly in the second half, outscoring the Royals, which had emptied its bench, 27-25 in the second half.
A total of 12 players scored in the game for Woodbury, with junior guard Renard Suggs leading the way with 16 points.
In a solid team effort, too, 10 players scored for Park, led by senior Tim Vorwerk’s 11 points. In addition, Justin Myers scored six points and Sully Brenke and Austin Kruzeski chipped in five points each.
Battling for its first conference win of the year, Park stayed with East Ridge (9-17; 6-12 SEC)?for the majority of the game in the regular-season finale on Friday, March 2, at Park.
Park trailed only 33-20 in the first half and played to an even 35-35 second half against Paul Virgin’s squad.
Brenke had a game-high 16 points in the loss, with senior Anthony Tola putting in 11 points. In addition, Vorwerk scored 10 points.
Senior guard Justin Pahl had 14 points to lead the Raptors.