Boys’ basketball: Several teams tested in tough season openers

Andover

Robbinsdale Armstrong spoiled Andover’s home and season opener with a 76-55 Northwest Suburban Conference loss Nov. 26.

The Huskies led by two points at halftime, but Armstrong rallied in the second half 47-24.

Falcons junior Jerome Dixon had a game-high 20 points, while Andover’s Connor Wilkie led the team with 19 points. Kyle Kettler had 14 points and Jake McNallan added 10 points in the loss.

Spring Lake Park senior Devonte Skrebes, right, goes for the steal against Park Center during the Anoka-Ramsey Community College High School Basketball Showcase Nov. 30. Last year’s state runner-ups won 73-50.

Spring Lake Park senior Devonte Skrebes, right, goes for the steal against Park Center during the Anoka-Ramsey Community College High School Basketball Showcase Nov. 30. Last year’s state runner-ups won 73-50.Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka

Anoka came up short at Rogers 63-58 for an 0-2 start to the season before Thanksgiving break.

Stephen Barthold led Anoka with 18 points, while Rogers’ Cole Murray had a game-high 24 points.

Rogers led 30-24 at the break and Anoka couldn’t overcome the hole, despite outscoring the Royals 34-33 in the second half.

Blaine

After an 0-2 start, Blaine came out on top of a high-scoring affair at St. Louis Park 92-87, Nov. 30.

The Bengals led 42-34 at the break and stuck with the Orioles in the second half for the non-conference win.

Nine different players contributed points in the win, led by Ben Scherer and Jason Travis with 19 points each.

The win came four days after Forest Lake collected an 87-56 win at Blaine. Bengals senior Matt Barthels had 15 points, while Rangers junior Connor Knutson had a game-high 19 points.

Coon Rapids junior Chris Buckley, middle, looks to make a shot from near the basket during a 75-72 loss to North St. Paul Nov. 30. Buckley had a game-high 27 points. He had a team-high 19 points in an 85-77 loss to Elk River Nov. 22.

Coon Rapids junior Chris Buckley, middle, looks to make a shot from near the basket during a 75-72 loss to North St. Paul Nov. 30. Buckley had a game-high 27 points. He had a team-high 19 points in an 85-77 loss to Elk River Nov. 22.Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids

Despite scoring in the 70s in both games, Coon Rapids is off to an 0-2 start to the season.

It opened with an 85-77 loss to Northwest Suburban Conference foe Elk River Nov. 22. Elks Mitch Weege had a game-high 24 points and Coon Rapids was paced by Chris Buckley’s 19 points. Henry Churill and Payton Foy added 10 points for the Cardinals.

North St. Paul held on for a 75-72 win in Coon Rapids Nov. 30.

Once again Buckley led the way for the Cardinals with a game-high 27 points, but the home team couldn’t overcome a 36-30 deficit at the half. Jackson Bednar had 11 points, while 10 different players scored for Coon Rapids.

Legacy Christian

Legacy Christian Academy split its November contests, opening with a 98-80 win at Lakeview Christian Academy Nov. 22.

Luke Johnson and Nate Bertsch each had 33 points and Lakeview’s Bjorn Broman also had 33 points to lead the individual efforts.

Andover's Derek McLaughlin, right, tries to pull the ball away from Armstrong's Jubie Alade during their game at Andover. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover’s Derek McLaughlin, right, tries to pull the ball away from Armstrong’s Jubie Alade during their game at Andover. Photo by Bill Jones

The Lions scored 62 points in the second half after leading 36-29 at the break.

Cristo Rey Jesuit scored a 71-68 win over Legacy Christian in St. Paul Nov. 25.

PACT

PACT Charter School opened with a 72-48 win at Community of the Peace Academy Nov. 22. The Panthers opened a 12-point lead and went on a 40-28 run in the second half for the 24-point season-opening victory. Andy Meissner had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the way. J’Son Freeman added 12 points, three assists, three rebounds, three steals and a block.

Four days later, PACT won 75-46 at St. Paul Prep.

Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park has an 0-2 start to the season.

Spring Lake Park’s TC Robinson, left and Collin Price, right, trap a Mounds View player during the Panthers 85-63 season-opening loss Nov. 26. Robinson had a team-high 21 points.

Spring Lake Park’s TC Robinson, left and Collin Price, right, trap a Mounds View player during the Panthers 85-63 season-opening loss Nov. 26. Robinson had a team-high 21 points.Photo by Bill Jones

It lost 85-63 loss to Mounds View in the season and home opener Nov. 26. The Mustangs jumped to a 50-28 lead at the break, keyed by a game-high 28 points from Ryan Kaczynzski.

Panthers senior TC Robinson led the team with 21 points. Devonte Skrebes had 13 points and Collin Price had 12 points.

In the Anoka-Ramsey Community College high school basketball showcase in Coon Rapids Nov. 30, the Panthers fell to Park Center, the Class 4A state runner-up from last season, 73-50.

St. Francis

St. Francis was off a 2-0 start with wins over Duluth East (71-42, Nov. 26) and Zimmerman (63-36, Nov. 30) to begin the 2013-14 season.

Saints standout Jake Johnson had a game-high 22 points as a dozen players factored in the scoring against Duluth East.

Against Zimmerman it was Bryce Kulsrud’s 18 points and Cody Wold’s 10 points in the one-sided home opener in St. Francis. Johnson had six points.

 

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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