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East Ridge boys basketball: Raptors run win streak to six with win over Forest Lake

East Ridge junior guard Sid Tomes had 16 points and five assists in the Raptors’ 69-46 Suburban East Conference win on Friday, Dec. 20, at East Ridge High School. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

After a bit of a bumpy start to a season full of high expecations, the East Ridge Raptors boys basketball team now seems to be rolling.

East Ridge beat Forest Lake 69-46 in a Suburban East Conference game on Friday, Dec. 20, at East Ridge High School and is now riding a six-game win streak.

“Our kids are developing a team identity and they are all embracing their roles,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. “I couldn’t be happier with their progress.”

East Ridge (7-2; 4-0 SEC) took control early in the win over Forest Lake (3-5; 1-3) opening up a 36-21 halftime lead. East Ridge then outscored the Rangers 33-25 in the second half to remain undefeated in conference play.

“I liked our defense and intensity throughout the game,” Virgin said. “This is the third game in a row teams have played zone from start to finish against us. I told our guys to take it as a compliment.”

East Ridge senior forward Brian Ishola led the way for the Raptors with 21 points and eight rebounds, going 9-for-10 from the field. In addition, East Ridge junior guard Sid Tomes had 16 points and five assists, going 11-of-12 from the free-throw line and senior guard Jake Knupp chipped in nine points and four assists on 3-of-5 shooting.

East Ridge’s bench totaled 19 points in the win, led by sophomore Seth Green’s seven points and four rebounds.

East Ridge got to the line 25 times in the game compared to Forest Lake’s 11. The Raptors shot 76 percent from the charity stripe and shot 55 percent from the field. 

“Our shot selection was excellent all night we had 14 layups and two dunks against their zone,” Virgin said. “I like those numbers.”

East Ridge took part in the Bethel Tournament after the Bulletin went to print. 

Next, East Ridge is at rival Woodbury (7-2; 3-1 SEC) on Friday, Jan. 3.

The two Woodbury-based high schools split their two games last year and are knotted at 4-4 against each other in the all-time series.

-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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