by Jason Olson
Spring Lake Park
Fourth-ranked Spring Lake Park remained perfect in the North Suburban Conference after an 84-66 win at Fridley Jan. 20.
The Panthers held a 45-30 lead at the half and increased it to 18 points over the second half as four players scored at least 13 points, led by senior captains Sean Scott with 19 points. Bryce Williams with 18 points and Jordan Thimmesch-Slepica’s season-high 15 points. Robert Ben added 13 points.
Spring Lake Park remains one-half game ahead of No. 1 ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the standings and two games ahead of St. Louis Park and Totino-Grace.
Columbia Heights (5-7, 3-2) held St. Francis (5-9, 1-5) in check for a 73-53 North Suburban Conference loss in St. Francis Jan. 20.
Saints senior captain Andy Julkowski had a game-high 25 points which was two points shy of his total points scored over the last three games (12 points against St. Louis Park, eight points against Spring Lake Park and seven points against Benilde-St. Margaret’s). Julkowski’s teammate Ben Monnier had 11 points.
Columbia Heights’ Jordan Mills led his team with 21 points.
After a 16-point win over PACT three nights earlier, Legacy Christian (5-10) came up one point short against Southwest Christian in Andover. Lions Ben Freeby and Southwest’s Kevin Horner each had 17 points to lead their respective teams as Freeby’s teammate Luke Anderson added 11 points in the MCAA Conference game.
Defense continued to hurt Anoka (4-10, 3-6) who dropped a 70-64 loss to rival Champlin Park in Anoka Jan. 20.
The Tornadoes were coming off a 99-50 loss to Park Center Tuesday evening. Anoka led 40-34 at the half Friday before the Rebels mounted a 36-24 second half despite Tornadoes senior guard Marcus Tyus scoring a game-high 37 points. The Rebels had three players score 11 points and Ian Smith led the way with 16 points.
Andover picked up its first win of the season Jan. 13 as they downed Cambridge-Isanti 75-57 Jan. 13. The win came one day after losing at rival Anoka 74-73. The Bluejackets didn’t have an answer for Huskies forward Devon Fellerman who scored a season-high 27 points which was more than 15 points above his season average.
Andover followed that win with consecutive losses at Blaine (63-51, Jan. 17) and at Rogers (69-38, Jan. 19). The Royals held the Huskies to 35-15 hole at the half Thursday and added another 11 points to the lead in the second half. Roger was led by Josh Turnquist with 26 points and Michael Schreiber with 20 points.
Andover’s Kyle Kettler was the only player to score in double digits with 10 points.
Blaine ended its winning streak at three games following Friday’s 69-62 loss to Park Center in a Northwest Suburban Conference game. The Pirates led 31-25 at the half as Blaine couldn’t overcome the lead in the second half to fall to 8-6 overall, 4-5 in the conference for seventh place.
Blaine trailed by as many as 14 points early before cutting the lead to four points in the second half.
Park Center junior forward Quinton Hooker had a game-high 20 potions and sophomore guard Isaiah McKay added 19 points.
Blaine senior guard Tanner Schumacher led the way for the home team with 15 points.
The Cardinals dropped its fifth game in a row Jan. 20 coming up short against Robbinsdale Armstrong 75-67.
The Falcons had 11 or more points from five players, led by Cyrus Moore-Brown’s 16 points while Joe Churilla led Coon Rapids with a season-high 19 points and EdVonte Hibler had 16 points, the most for the Cardinals guard since a season-high 24 points against Big Lake Dec. 6.