The second seeded Pelican Rapids boys basketball team’s season came to an end in the first round of the north sub-section 6A playoffs March 8 against the seventh seeded Lake Park-Audubon Raiders.
The Vikings dug themselves an early hole in the first half and the Raiders took advantage as they headed into the locker room at halftime with a 34-23 lead.
Pelican was able to chip away at the LPA lead and did take a brief 42-40 lead of their own midway through the second half.
The Raiders closed the game with a 19-4 run to seal the first round upset with a 59-46 win over the Vikings. Pelican Rapids finishes the year with an overall record of 16-11.
“This was definitely a disappointing result for us, but we just were never able to get in a rhythm on the offensive end and did not shoot the ball well enough to give ourselves a chance in the end,” head coach John Gullingsrud stated. “We were proud of our effort as we thought our guys played hard and it looked like we were maybe going to be able to pull it out when we took that lead in the second half, but Lake Park-Audubon made the key plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”
McHale Korf led the Vikings on the offensive end with 17 points, and Hayden Christenson and Jacob Gottenborg were also both in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Gottenborg also had a team high 11 rebounds and went over 1,000 career points late in the first half.
Nick Schemerhorn led the team with 4 assists and Korf and Christenson had 4 steals each to lead the Vikings.
As a team, Pelican Rapids made 16-58 (28%) shots from the field and 6-26 (23%) of their threes.
The Raiders outrebounded the Vikings 41-30.
“We have a lot to be proud of over the course of this season, and getting to see Jacob score 1,000 points after Oakley did it last Friday just adds to the list,” Coach Gullingsrud said. “It’s so unfortunate that it had to happen in his last career game, but it is still quite the individual accomplishment as he has put in countless hours to make him the player that he is today. He has never been a natural scorer as he has always preferred to make the extra pass to an open teammate, but he developed into a very capable scorer later in his high school career as we needed
“This also marks the end for our 7 seniors–Nick Schermerhorn, Brandon Osborne, Oakley Kress, Dillon Such, Jacob Gottenborg, Kaleb Tollefson, and Zack Sjolie,” stated Coach Gullingsrud.
“We definitely want to thank them for all of the time and effort they have given our basketball program over the years. It is always bittersweet to see careers come to an end, but they have definitely left our program in a better spot with all that they have helped us accomplish this season.”