Big section-opening night sees upsets and records set

Upsets, records and milestones summed up the first round of section boys’ basketball action Thursday night.

Section 7AAAA

• No. 1 St. Francis 75, No. 8 Coon Rapids 63.

• No. 2 Andover 60, No. 7 Duluth East 35: The Huskies opened sections with a solid defensive effort holding the opposition to a season-low 39 points to improve to 12-12 overall. Andover senior Connor Wilkie had a game-high 15 points. Kyle Kettler and Evan Olson each had 13 points. Kettler had six rebounds and Jake McNallan had four assists, three steals and blocked two shots.

• No. 4 Blaine 95, No. 5 Forest Lake 75: Blaine senior Jason Travis set a new program single-game scoring record with 47 points to help the Bengals erase a seven game losing streak entering sections. Blaine improved to 10-17 after Travis scored 34 of Blaine’s 60 points in the second half. Teammate Chris Novak added 20 points and Forest Lake’s Matt Degendorfer put up 38 points in the loss.

Travis didn’t play in the other meeting this season when Forest Lake beat Blaine 87-58 in the second game of the season.

• No. 6 Anoka 69, No. 3 Cambridge-Isanti 66: Anoka upset the third seeded Bluejackets with a 39-33 second-half run to win for the fourth time this season. Cambridge guard Kyle McDonald had a game-high 26 points but it wasn’t enough after Jacob Grow led Anoka with 17 points and Torry Ledin and Stephen Barthold each had 16 points.

Section 4A

•No. 7 Legacy Christian 58, No. 10 Cristo Rey Jesuit 56 (OT): Legacy’s Caleb Johnson tied the game with a last-second basket and the Lions (13-14) out scored Christo Rey 5-3 in overtime for the section opener win. Lions junior guard Nate Bertsch and Johnson each had 20 points to lead the way and Bertsch reached the 1,000 career-point mark in the contest.

• No. 12 PACT 47, No. 5 West Lutheran 45: PACT Charter School overcame a three-point deficit to score an upset of the  Minnesota Christian Athletic Association Conference foes Feb. 27 behind a game-high 21 points from Danny Mooers and 10 points from Drew Johnson.

Section 3AAA

No. 5 Spring Lake Park 55, No. 4 Fridley 54 (OT): Spring Lake Park earned a rematch of last season’s section final against DeLaSalle after scoring a one-point overtime win over fourth-seed Fridley Feb. 27.

The Panthers lost both regular season games to the southern rivals (73-69 on Jan. 17 and 66-53 on Feb. 18) but scored the most significant win of the season to extend the season.

Panthers Devonte Skrebes had a game-high 28 points in what was also a season high for the senior forward.

Spring Lake Park led 30-27 at the half but the southern-rivals and neighbors edged the Panthers 23-20 in the second half to force overtime.

Fridley was led by Channey Pal with 19 points and Matt Duehn’s 10 points.

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