Boys’ basketball recap: Feb. 14-18

Andover 71, Anoka 66
Anoka senior guard Malcom Seals had a game-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Tornadoes as Andover won the rivalry-game 71-66 in Anoka Feb. 15. Huskies junior forward Connor Wilkie had 27 points for the visitors, who led by five points at the break and made it stand for its third win in four games.

Cameron Wold and Jake McNallan added 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Huskies.

Anoka’s Stephen Barthold and J.P. Grow each had 13 points as the Tornadoes dropped to 3-17.

The Huskies followed the win with two games against top-seven ranked clubs at No. 3 Park Center Feb. 19 then at No. 7 Hopkins Feb. 22 before finishing the regular season against Maple Grove and Champlin Park.

Blaine
Blaine dropped to 7-15 overall after a 67-45 non-conference loss at Edina Feb. 15.

The Hornets led 33-14 at halftime even though a dozen Bengals figured in the scoring, including six points from Fedhi Gobena and Justin Mbanfo.

Ben Boone led Edina with 16 points.

Coon Rapids
Coon Rapids remained winless after a pair of Northwest Suburban Conference losses during the week of Valentine’s Day. The Cardinals began with a 68-22 loss at Maple Grove Feb. 12 and followed that with a 74-38 loss to Champlin Park Feb. 15 to fall to 0-21.

Twenty-two points was just two points better than a season-low 20 points in a 64-20 loss to Centennial Jan. 15.

Coon Rapids was held to 14 points in the second half against Champlin Park, for whom Brennan Witt had a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds, while Coon Rapids’ Taylor Croal had 13 points.
Spring Lake Park
With four games left in the regular season, Spring Lake Park (13-8) has come away with losses in close games so far in February, most notably a 72-70 loss to Robbinsdale Cooper, who remained undefeated inside the North Suburban Conference (12-0), as the Panthers fell to 8-3 and then 8-4 following a 59-55 loss to Chisago Lakes Feb. 15.

Cooper had to overcome a 43-37 halftime deficit, but settled down in the second half to outscore the Panthers 35-27 down the stretch. Hawks stand-out Rahsad Vaughn had 37 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way on eight for 12 shooting from the field and made six of 11 free throws. He also had four assists, two steals and blocked one shot. Guard Billy Kellogg had seven assists.

Panthers guard Robert Ben led the team with 27 points, while Gary Cook had 15 points and TC Robinson added 13 points.

Ben had a game-high 22 points against Chisago Lakes, who established a 31-28 lead at the half and stayed one step ahead of the Panthers in Spring Lake Park for the conference win. Trevor Hall followed Ben with 11 points and Cook was held to nine points.

Legacy Christian Academy
After a stretch of three games against Class A ranked teams from Feb. 1 to 12, in which it went 0-3 losing by an average of 27 points, Legacy Christian returned to the win column with a season-high points total in an 89-51 win against North Lakes Academy Feb. 16.

The win came in the second game of a four-game homestand to finish the regular season for the Lions. They returned to action against Braham Feb. 21 and face St. Croix Prep in the regular season finale Feb. 28. The Lions jumped out to a 55-35 halftime lead against North Lakes with Caleb Johnson scoring a game-high 16 points. Seven Legacy players contributed at least eight points as Luke Anderson had 14 points, Connor Peterson had 13 points and Colton Richards had 11 points. The Lions held North Lakes to 16 points in the second half.

Legacy Christian finished fourth with a 2-6 record in what was a very deep A Division of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association standings. Top-ranked Maranatha was 8-0 followed by No. 7 Heritage Christian and No. 10 West Lutheran, who each had 5-3 conference records. Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity and Southwest Christian shared the B-Division title with matching 6-2 records.

St. Francis
St. Francis (13-9) won for only the second time in 11 games 56-45 against Benilde-St. Margaret’s Feb. 15.

The 56 points was a season-low for a win, but the Fighting Saints used a 35-19 second half to erase a five-point Red Knight’s halftime lead for its fifth North Suburban Conference win of the season.

Austin Carlson and Jake Johnson each had 11 points to lead the Saints and matched Benilde’s Sam Lynch for the game-high points total. Saints guard Cody Wald had nine points.

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