The boys basketball team nearly let a good lead slip away, but some timely shots from Alex Zephier helped them pull away from the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies for a 75-51 win Feb. 6.

The Panthers led by 7 at the half and by as much as 10 early in the 3rd quarter before the Huskies mounted a comeback with ferocious defense. Kamden Wingert picked up his 3rd foul and Isaac Bruns his 4th as EPJ got the lead down to 1, at 43-42 and 45-44. That’s when Zephier stepped up with back-to-back 3s and a drive into the lane and, suddenly, the lead was secure again at 56-48. The Huskies got no closer down the stretch.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.