Stags take care of Rams in regular season finale

Deer Park's Hunter Dryden looks for an opening past Riverside's Silas Stevens in last night's regular season finale for both schools.
Staff Writer

The Deer Park Stags wasted little time securing the fifth seed to the upcoming District VII boys basketball tournament.
Deer Park only needed a win over rival Riverside last night to secure the tourney berth and the Stags went about their business from the opening tap. The Stags opened up the game on a 7-0 run and didn't ease off the throttle until they had secured a convincing 62-40 win.
The victory gave Deer Park a 6-8 Northeast A League record (9-11 overall). The Rams finished 0-14, 2-19.
Leading 31-16 at halftime, the Stags went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter to leave no doubt about the outcome.
In addition to unleashing an up-tempo offense, Deer Park's defense also held the Ram attack in check. Riverside was held scoreless for nearly five minutes to open the third quarter as Deer Park's continued to build on its comfortable double-digit lead.
Mikal Palmer led the Stags with 17 points while teammate Isaac Berglund added 12 more. Kory Cross, in his final prep game, tossed in 15 points for the Rams.
Deer Park opens district tournament play on Tuesday with a loser-out game at Medical Lake.