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Park boys basketball: Wolfpack loses rematch with Hastings

Park junior guard Tommy Tola drives the ball to the basket for the Wolfpack. Tola scored 11 points in a loss to Hastings last week. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

Park’s momentum hit a snag last week as the Wolfpack began Suburban East Conference play.

Off a 30-point non-conference win over South St. Paul, the Park boys basketball team lost 74-38 at Woodbury on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and fell 81-64 at Hastings on Friday.

Last year, Park snapped a long conference losing streak with a win over Hastings. However, the Raiders gave the Wolfpack a little payback in this year’s first rematch.

Hastings (3-4; 1-1 SEC) broke the game open in the second half, outscoring Park 41-26 after having a 40-38 lead at the break.

Senior guard Ryan Klika led the way for Park in the game with 14 points. In addition, junior forward Jeb Melson scored 13 points and junior guard Tommy Tola netted 11 points.

Five different players scored in double figures for Hastings, led by Craig Nielson’s game-high 21 points.

In Park’s previous game, against rival Woodbury, the Royals (5-1; 2-0 SEC) led 49-30 at the break, then held the Wolfpack to just eight second-half points as they cruised to the 36-point win.

Individual statistics from the game were not made available.

Park played host to East Ridge (5-2; 2-0 SEC) on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Wolfpack welcome Roseville (4-2; 2-0 SEC) to Cottage Grove on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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