Boys’ basketball: Andover keeps rolling, losses mount for Anoka and Cardinals

Andover 64, Blaine 52
After going 1-8 in 2012, Andover won back-to-back games to begin 2013 strong with a second strong performance in a 64-52 win against another district rival, Blaine, Jan. 8.

The Huskies (3-8) were guided by another double-double from junior Connor Wilkie with 15-points, 11-rebounds while sophomore guard Jake McNallan had a game-high 16 points with two steals and one blocked shot. Kyle Kettler had 13 points and seven rebounds while  Ryan Johnson added five steals to help control the Bengals offense.

Blaine countered with 13 points from Jerome Egbujor’s 13 points while Matt Barthels and Kurt Gillund each had 11 points as the Bengals dropped to 5-5 overall after losing for the third time in four games. Blaine followed with an 85-65 loss to top-ranked Park Center Jan. 10 to make it three-straight losses and four losses in five games.
Park Center’s Quinton Hooker had a game-high 24 points and five players scored at least 10 points.

Blaine’s Justin Mbanfo led the way with 13 points, Barthels had 12 points and Kunle Ayinde added 10 points.

Andover travels to Cambridge-Isanti Jan. 11 before a match-up against Park Center in Andover Jan. 15.

Andover's Jake McNallan, middle, drives the lane against Anoka Jan. 4. Photo by Bill Jones Anoka's JP Grow, right, drives the lane past an Andover player. Photo by Bill Jones Anoka's Stephen Barthold goes in for a lay-up against Andover Jan. 4. Photo by Bill Jones Andover's Cameron Wold, left, powers his way to the rim against Anoka. Photo by Bill Jones
Andover's Jake McNallan, middle, drives the lane against Anoka Jan. 4. Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka losses reach five
Anoka senior guard Malcom Seals scored 30 points as the Tornadoes (2-7) fell to top-ranked Park Center 83-62 inside the Anoka Fieldhouse Jan. 8.

Hooker led the Pirates with 20 points as six players had at least 10 points.

Park led 42-29 at the break as the Tornadoes couldn’t break down the Pirates in the second half. Anoka’s Stephen Barthold finished with 10 points.

Cardinals remain winless
Coon Rapids traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong for its latest Northwest Suburban Conference game with hopes of breaking a seven-game skid Jan. 10.

Coon Rapids’ offense struggled to score as they were held to 40 points or less for the sixth time in eight games. Armstrong won the game 66-40 but led 48-22 at the break as the Cardinals dropped to 0-8.

Cardinals’ Timmy Nguyen had a game-high 13 points as the Falcons emptied the bench as 11 players scored and seven had at least six points.

Spring Lake Park win three straight
The Panthers improved to 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference after a 63-47 win against Benilde-St. Margaret’s Jan. 8.

The win helped keep Spring Lake Park at the top of the conference with fellow unbeatens Cooper and St. Louis Park.

Panthers senior guard Gary Cook had a game-high 18 points, senior forward Robert Ben added 17 points and junior guard TC Robinson had 12 points.

Spring Lake Park began the new season by trailing by seven at the half to top Irondale 77-65 Jan. 4 to keep the Knights winless in the conference.

Irondale’s Ben Ojika had a game-high 27 points while the Panthers countered with Robinson’s 25 points. Senior guard Trevor Hall added 12 points and Ben added 12 points. Alex Peck and Cook each had nine points to help balance the scoring sheet.

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