A big second quarter burst killed the Huskies’ chance for their first win this season, as the Parker Pheasants scored 25 points on their home floor Dec. 17.

Nathan Buenger

Nathan Buenger pulls down a rebound, with Tyler Goehring on backup.

The Huskies won every quarter but that one, in the 70-77 loss. Parker led by as many as 15 in the 4th quarter, but EPJ kept hustling and cut into that lead.

Parker took advantage of 23 Husky fouls, making two-thirds of their free throws.

Andrew Nearman

Andrew Nearman puts up a short jumper in the lane against Sioux Falls Christian.

EPJ had 4 players score double-digits, led by Tyler Goehring’s 19. Nathan Buenger had 14 points along with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Andrew Nearman and Riley Schmitz both had 12 points. Nearman, Will Geary had 3 assists and Geary tacked on 3 steals.

The visiting Sioux Falls Christian Chargers hit the floor running Dec. 19 and kept up the pace for 3 quarters, downing the boys 76-41.

Christian shot nearly 50 percent from the field, helping them build a 22-10 lead to start the second quarter. They continued that pace, outscoring the Huskies by 10 or more points in the first 3 quarters.

Canon Kempf

Canon Kempf tries to muscle his way around a Charger defender.

For as fast and physical as the game was, there were very few fouls called and EPJ couldn’t get any easy points from the foul line. They did draw 3 charges on the Chargers.

Nearman led the team with his 15 points, including back-to-back 3’s that pulled the Huskies within 10 in the second quarter.

Goehring also scored in double-digits, with 10; he and Nearman both had 6 rebounds. Geary had 4 assists and 2 steals.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.