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Regular season comes to a close for boys' basketball

The 2017-18 regular season came to a close for the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team last week with the Panthers losing their final two pre-playoff matchups.
GSL wrapped up the regular season with a 10-16 overall record after home losses to Wright County Conference West foes New London-Spicer and Dassel-Cokato to conclude circuit play with a 5-9 mark.
Playing back on their old court in the high school’s Purple Gym, the Panthers took a second hard loss against the Wildcats, falling 96-73, on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Forward Gabe Roepke led GSL with 14 points, while guard Dane Schwirtz notched 13 points.
Both squads played a large number of their members with the contest never in doubt. NL-S went up 52-28 at halftime, though the Panthers “won” the second half 45-44 as 11 black-and-purple clad players scored in all.
The Wildcats finished second in the WCC West at 18-8 overall and 11-3 in conference play. They hung at least 90 points on GSL in both meetings this season.
Also concluding a regular-season sweep over the Panthers last week was Dassel-Cokato. The Chargers topped GSL 63-47 in the regular-season finale on Friday, March 2.
Forwards Kyle Christensen and Connor Kantack led the Panthers with 16 and 10 points, respectively, with Schwirtz posting nine points. Christensen also had a team-high five rebounds.
D-C led its hosts 27-24 at the break, but put the game away by outscoring GSL 36-23 over the final 18 minutes en route to the victory to finish 15-9 overall and 8-6 in the conference.
One triumph gained by the Panthers last week was claiming a No. 4 seed for the Section 2AA North playoffs, and with it, one final home game for the season.
That game was originally scheduled for Monday, March 5, until a snowstorm postponed the game.
The contest, against No. 5 seed Norwood Young America, was slated to be played on Tuesday, March 6, after the Chronicle went to press.
GSL fell 64-49 to the Raiders in Norwood Young America on Jan. 20.
Tuesday’s winner is slated to advance to the North subsectional semifinals against either No. 1 Jordan or No. 8 GFW on Thursday night at New Prague High School. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 6 p.m.