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Panthers smash Titans

There was very little doubt about it as the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team resoundingly won its season opener on Friday, Nov. 30.
The Panthers made it three wins in four tries against Tri-City United, scorching the visiting Titans 86-33 in the second game of a boys’/girls’ doubleheader.
After briefly trailing in the opening moments, GSL poured it on the visitors to lead 52-24 by halftime.
While, the first half displayed the Panthers’ offensive firepower, the second half became a stifling defensive display from the hosts. GSL allowed TCU just nine points over the final 18 minutes en route to the 53-point triumph.
The win surpasses the point differential of an 86-36 win over Spectrum on Dec. 28, 2012, and a 94-42 defeat of Elmore Academy on Dec. 15, 2006.
Eleven Panthers scored in all, led by guard Gabe Roepke’s game-high 15-point effort. Guard Ty Christensen tallied 12 points, while the Schwirtz brothers – Dane and Reece – scored 11 points each. Freshman forward Mitchel Jaskowiak chipped in with 10 points in his inaugural varsity appearance.
The thunderous victory in the bag, GSL looked to keep the good times going with a trip to Belle Plaine on Tuesday, Dec. 4, for the Tigers season opener after the Chronicle went to press.
It’ll be a long road trip for the Panthers, with the team remaining away from home until Friday, Dec. 21, against Norwood Young America.
GSL plays in a tournament at Maple River this weekend, followed by trips to Sibley East, Hutchinson next week and St. Peter on Tuesday, Dec. 18.