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Woodbury boys basketball: Royals roll into Rochester

The Royals rolled into Rochester with the wind at their back.

Woodbury began the Rotary-US Bank Holiday Classic Tournament on the heels of a win over Suburban East Conference foe Hastings. The Royals went on the road Dec. 20 and topped the Raiders 79-53.

The win improved Woodbury’s overall record to 6-2 and boosted its SEC record to 3-1, putting the team behind three undefeated schools – East Ridge, Roseville and Cretin-Derham Hall, each at 4-0 in conference play.

Against Hastings, the Royals built a 39-31 halftime lead. Woodbury clamped down on defense in the second half, allowing Hastings to score just 22 points.

The game saw four Royals reach double-point scoring totals, led by senior guard Matt Ambriz. Fellow seniors Nick Yan and Ben Meyer scored 13 points apiece, while senior forward Isaiah Codden recorded 12 points for the Royals.

Sam Skoyen (17 points) and Joe Dittrich (13) points led Hastings in scoring.

The Royals began defense of their 2013 Holiday Classic tournament championship on Thursday, Dec. 26. Results from the tournament were not immediately available by the Bulletin’s news deadline.

Some of Minnesota’s top teams vied for this year’s Holiday Classic title, including Osseo (No. 2) and Rochester John Marshall (No. 10).

Woodbury returns to SEC action on Friday, Jan. 3, with a familiar opponent in East Ridge. The Royals play host to the Raptors in the first of two cross-town match-ups this season.

Next week, the Royals take on Forest Lake and Cretin-Derham Hall.

—Mike Longaecker

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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