Basketball: Elk boys hot at line but lose to Park Center 80-74

Ben Erickson (middle), who scored 23 for Elk River, watched a free throw along with Park Center's Darian Gates-Washington and Treyton Daniels. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River made 24 of 26 free shots but lost to Park Center 80-74 at home Thursday evening, extending their losing streak to five.

The Elks made their first 23 free shots before missing two of the last three.

Tucker Morrell (3) of the Elks and Sohn Walker of the Pirates chased a loose ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Quinton Hooker, a sophomore guard, scored 28 points for the Pirates (2-7).

Ben Erickson notched 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Elks (4-9). Ryan Ness had 17 points. Erickson and Ness were each 8-for-8 on free throws.

Porter Morrell scored 10 points, Will Iverson 7, Tucker Morrell 6, Clay Elrod 4, and Coleman Hayes 3 with 10 rebounds.

Elk River will play at Champlin Park on Tuesday evening.

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