Basketball: Elk boys fall in OT to Pirates 80-73; fourth straight loss

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Elk River dropped its fourth straight game, and second  overtime loss in that skid, to Park Center 80-73 on Friday evening in Brooklyn Park.

It was a tumultous game. Park Center’s coach was ejected during the second half for berating referees. Pirate fans were throwing change unto the floor, and a fight broke out in the stands, prompting police to be called in to restore order. A Pirate player was briefly unconscious after hitting the floor in a  collision with an Elk player trying to draw a charging foul.

Elk River’s Clay Elrod sank a 3-pointer with :30 left for a 64-62 lead, but Quinton Hooker tied the score with a jump shot with :15 remaining, forcing overtime.

The Pirates prevailed in what became a free throw contest, making 25 of 34 while the Elks had 44 chances but made only 27.

Hooker, a junior guard, scored 32 points for the Pirates (10-5 conference, 15-6 overall), including 11-for-13 on free shots Sophomore guard Isaiah McKay added 25, going 8-for-8 at the line.

Elrod logged 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Elks (10-6 conference, 12-10 overall), while Porter Morrell sank 16 points and Tucker Morrell 16.

The Elks will host Andover on Tuesday.

Elk River ………. 25  39  9 –  73
Park Center ……. 32  32 16 — 80

Elk River – Tucker Morrell 16, Ryan Ness 3, Porter Morrell 17 (7 reb), Clay Elrod 21 (10 reb, 3 ast), Terry Hadden 3 (4 reb), Landon Werner 6, Coleman Hayes 1, Bryan Edwards 6 (8 reb, 3 ast) … Team: 21-54 FG (4-19 3FG), 27-44 FT, 35 rebounds, 17 turnovers, 24 fouls … Fouled out: Ness

Park Center – Isaiah McKay 25, Quinton Hooker 32 (8  reb), Paine 1 (8 reb), Treyton Daniels 1 (5 reb), Isaac Mathews 10 (7 reb), Joshua Matthews 7, Sha-ron Holley-Lewis 2 (7 reb) … Team: 25-59 FG (5-17 3FG), 25-34 FT, 43 rebounds, 14 turnovers, 30 fouls

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