Boys’ Basketball recap, Jan. 15-17
The Cardinals struggles continued this week with two more losses to drop to 0-10 this season ahead of a Jan. 18 match-up against fifth-ranked Osseo.
The Cardinals began the week with a 64-20 loss to Centennial, in which Coon Rapids was outscored in the second half 33-4. Coon Rapids junior Mitchell Zimmerman led the team with six points in what was a season-low output for the home team.
The Cardinals followed with an 86-68 non-conference loss to Minneapolis Southwest in the second of a season-long three game homestand, Jan. 17. Coon Rapids couldn’t make a 39-37 halftime lead stand as Southwest used a 49-29 second half for the win. Cardinals Tykeise Johnson and Taylor Croal each had 15 points and Alex Boxwell had 11 points.
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 86, Legacy Christian 63
Legacy extended its losing streak to five games, despite leading at Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 34-31 at the half.
The Bulldogs used a 55-29 second half to propel themselves to the MCAA Conference win Jan. 15.
Lester Prairie’s Nic Machemehl led the way with 33 points while Legacy’s Nate Bertsch had 15 points, Caleb Johnson and Luke Anderson each had 11 points as the Lions fell to 5-8 overall, 1-3 in the A division of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association standings.
Lester Prairie improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 at the top of the B division standings.
West Lutheran 82, PACT Charter 46
West Lutheran handed PACT (5-7) its fifth loss in six games following Tuesday’s MCAA Conference loss, 82-46. West built a 19-point lead by halftime and outscored the Panthers 36-19 in the second half for the final result.
Chisago Lakes 55, St. Francis 52 (OT)
St. Francis (11-2) led by two points at the break while Chisago Lakes outscored the Saints 28-26 in the second half and 10-7 in the extra session to win the key North Suburban Conference contest Tuesday night.
The Saints starting five did all the scoring led by Nate Svihel’s game-high 24 points, while the inside tandem of Blake Moreno and Jake Johnson were held to 10 and 11 points, respectively. Austin Carlson was held to seven points. The Wildcats (5-6) were led by Vinnie Gorski with 16 points.
Columbia Heights 63, No. 9 Spring Lake Park 53
The ninth-ranked Panthers (9-5, 4-1) had its winning streak halted at four games after No. 8 Columbia Heights (9-3, 3-1) won the key North Suburban Conference contest at Spring Lake Park Jan. 15.
The Highlanders led by 15 points at the half and the Panthers couldn’t complete a second-half comeback despite outscoring the visitors 39-34.
Panthers Robert Ben led the way with 22 points and senior guard Gary Cook had 13 points.
The loss is the first in the conference for the Panthers who dropped into third place, leaving St. Louis Park and Cooper as the lone undefeated teams in conference play.
Champlin Park 91, Blaine 52
Blaine ran its losing streak to five games as Champlin Park (9-3) after a 91-52 home loss Jan. 15. The Rebels won for the sixth time in seven games. JT Gibson was the only player in double figures with 11 points as Blaine was led by Jerome Egbujor’s eight points.
Maple Grove 68, Anoka 48
Anoka (2-9) lost its seventh game in a row when Maple Grove picked up a 68-48 Northwest Suburban Conference win Jan. 15. The Crimson took a 40-20 lead into the break and Anoka couldn’t cut into the lead over the second half. Anoka senior captain Malcom Seals led the way with 15 points and Travis Bengston had 11 points. Maple Grove’s Brycen Wojta had a game-high 24 points.
No. 1 Park Center 97, Andover 71
Andover’s three-game winning streak came to an end against top-ranked Park Center 97-71, Jan. 15. The Huskies (4-9) struggled to score in the first half, entering halftime down 19 points before posting 42 points in the second half to finish the game strong. Park Center standout Quinton Hooker had a game-high 34 points while Huskies stand-out forward Connor Wilkie countered with 22 points. Kyle Kettler had 14 points and Zach Swanson had 12 points in the loss.