by Jason Olson
Boys’ basketball recaps from Jan. 5-7.
Andover (0-9) continued to search for its first win of the season as it dropped three Northwest Suburban Conference games to start 2012. The Huskies fell one point short of topping Elk River in a 70-69 loss in Andover Jan. 10. An energetic opening half saw Andover lead 47-46 at the break which gave way to a more methodical second half which favored Elk River. Kyle Kettler led the Huskies with 15 points as Elks standout center Clay Elrod had a game-high 25 points.
No. 3 ranked Osseo (11-0) handed Andover a 83-56 loss Jan. 3 before the Huskies hit the road to Coon Rapids and came away with a 77-58 defeat Jan. 6.
The Orioles used 10 different players, led by Ian Theisen’s game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Andover was paced by Kyle Kettler’s 14 points and Conner Wilkie and Brandy Johnson each contributed 12 points.
Three nights later Coon Rapids took a 12-point lead into halftime and opened the game up with a 42-35 second half to help the Cardinals improve to 4-4. Coon Rapids senior Pierre Roddy scored 26 points, while Omot Okwan had 13 points. Andover’s Devon Fellerman had 16 points in the loss.
Anoka’s woes continued into the 2012 as it began the week with a 68-53 loss to Elk River Jan. 3. The Tornadoes traveled to Wayzata for a Lake Conference/Northwest Suburban Conference game Jan. 6 with the Trojans winning 73-51. Wayzata led by eight points at the break before turning on the pressure in a 44-30 second half for the win highlighted by Zach Robertson’s game-high 28 points and Bradley Carlson’s 20 points.
Anoka’s Marcus Tyus was held to a season-low nine points, while Brandon Lindquist led the team with 12 points, Tony Pederson had 10 points and Malcom Seals added nine points.
Blaine fell back to .500 following a 83-72 loss at Elk River Jan. 6. The loss dropped Blaine to 2-4 in the Northwest Suburban Conference, one half game behind Tuesday’s opponent — Anoka. Blaine led the Elks by six points at halftime, but a 48-31 run in the second half proved to be the difference. Tanner Schumacher and Duke Anywanu each had game-high 21 points for Blaine.
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park dominated Totino-Grace in an 84-69 win in Fridley Jan. 10. Panthers Sean Scott led the way with 30 points as Bryce Williams and Gary Ben each had 18 points.
Seventy-seven points seemed to be the winning number for Spring Lake Park last week as it reached that point in two North Suburban Conference wins.
Spring Lake Park (10-1) began 2012 with a 77-66 win over Irondale before traveling to Cooper for a 77-64 win Jan. 6.
Scott had a game-high 33 points in the win over the Knights, while Williams and Gary Cook each had 16 points.
Three nights later Scott was at it again, scoring 29 points and Williams added 21 points against Cooper, while Hawks standout Rashad Vaughn scored a game-high 32 points.
St. Francis came up short in a 70-48 North Suburban Conference loss to St. Louis Park Jan. 10. After being clipped by Fridley 69-64 to start 2012, St. Francis rebounded with a 68-55 win over North Branch in North Suburban Conference action Jan. 6. The Saints improved to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play as three players scored 13 or more points. Andy Julkowski led the team with 18 points, while North Branch’s Tom Kinsella had a game-high 25 points.
Legacy Christian came alive to win the second half of games on back-to-back nights after starting the new year 0-2 with a 63-45 win over Spectrum Jan. 6.
The Saturday night win thrilled the Homecoming crowd as the Lions led 35-20 at the break and held on for the MCAA win, keyed by Nate Bertsch’s game-high 20 points and Ryan Kopca’s 13 points.
PACT Charter dropped a 69-51 loss to Southwest Christian in a MCAA game Jan. 10. Drew Zieroth had 18 points to lead the Panthers.
The Panthers fell to 3-5 with two losses during the first week of 2012, including an 80-44 loss to Maranatha Jan. 3 and a 77-51 loss to West Lutheran Jan. 5.
PACT was led by Zieroth’s game-high 20 points in the loss to West Lutheran.