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Park boys basketball: Wolfpack's upset bids of Bears, Mustangs fall short

Park sophomore Aaron Gorres takes the ball to the basket in the Wolfpack's 58-42 loss to White Bear Lake on Friday in Cottage Grove.

The youthful Park boys basketball team battled two of the Suburban East Conference's better teams last week, but couldn't come away with an upset.

Park fell 58-42 to White Bear Lake on Friday in Cottage Grove, days after losing 66-54 to Mounds View at home.

A slow first half stung Park in the loss. White Bear went up 33-13 in the half, forcing the Wolfpack to claw back. Park outscored the Bears 29-25 in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

Ten different players scored for Park in the loss, but none eclipsed double figures. Juniors Sully Brenke and Ryan Klika each had seven points and sophomores Anthony Juba and Aaron Gorres each netted six points.

On Tuesday, Park welcomed Mounds View to Cottage Grove, but let them go back to Shoreview with a win.

Mounds View went up 39-17 at the half and - despite being outscored 37-27 by Park in the second half - held on for the victory.

Juba had a team-high 14 points in the loss. Klika scored 12 points and Brenke kicked in 11 points.

Tim Hanson scored a game-high 20 points for the Mustangs.

Park traveled to fifth-ranked Woodbury on Tuesday after the Bulletin went to print. The rival Royals won by 48 points the last time the two District 833 teams faced one another. Next, Park is at East Ridge on Friday for the regular-season finale. The Raptors beat Park by 16 in their last head-to-head game.