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Raptors snap skid, sweep Wolfpack

The East Ridge boys basketball team topped Park, 54-49, on Tuesday night to end a nine-game losing streak. Ryan Betz (pictured) and his Raptors teammates go for their second-straight victory on Friday at home against Rosevile. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

The East Ridge boys basketball team swept its first-ever season series against southern district rival Park and brought an end a nine-game losing streak on Tuesday night by defeating the Wolfpack, 54-49, in "The Raptors' Perch."

Park's Drew Benson led all scorers with 18 points, yet the Raptors had three players reach double digits, paced by guard John Hietpas' 15-point night, with forward Dayo Idowu and center Adam Schwartz accounting for 13 and 12 points, respectively.

East Ridge ran out to a 23-13 halftime edge before holding on against a second-half Wolfpack rally attempt to claim the five-point win -- the Raptors' first victory since topping Park, 64-55, in Cottage Grove to begin the new year on Jan. 2.

East Ridge improved to 6-13 overall and is 2-9 in Suburban East Conference play as the squad prepares for its next home contest against Rosevile this Friday night before a trip to Hastings next Tuesday.