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Woodbury boys basketball: No. 5 Royals thumped in 74-52 loss to Roseville

Woodbury players gathered up after time expired Friday in the team's loss to Roseville. Photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
Woodbury guard Renard Suggs drives to the basket during the Royals' 74-52 loss to Roseville. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

The Royals, winners of 13 straight and leaders atop the Suburban East Conference, were stopped dead in their tracks Friday in a road game against Roseville.

The No. 5-ranked Royals lost 74-52 to the No. 10-ranked Raiders. The loss dropped Woodbury into a tie with for the SEC lead with Roseville and marked the team's first loss since falling to Stillwater on Jan. 4.

Roseville and Woodbury are now knotted at 13-3 in conference play with two games to go in the regular season. Woodbury's final two games will be played at home, the first against Park, and the finale versus Mounds View. Roseville closes out the season with a home game against White Bear Lake and a road game in Hastings.

In Friday's game, Woodbury started out in the hole with starting guard Robert Claypool out with illness. He was replaced by junior Charlie Olson, but not for long. Olson went down early in the first half and didn't return.

Roseville, who controlled the boards and produced several second-chance points, led 37-24 at the half.

In the second half, field goals continued to be a struggle for Woodbury, who saw the deficit stretch to 50-32 with about 10 minutes left.

Woodbury closed the gap to within 10 on a Ben Rizzardi free throw, but never got closer. Roseville drilled open shots, while the Royals were ice-cold from the field.

Statistics weren't immediately available from the game. Check back for more on the game.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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