Boys Basketball: East Ridge earns dominant win over Roseville
Superior 87, New Life Academy 61
It was a dominating performance by Superior as New Life Academy fell 87-61 on Saturday morning.
The Eagles dropped their record to 4-7 on the season as they travel to Legacy Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
East Ridge 80, Roseville 43
It took a few minutes for the East Ridge boys basketball team to lock in and focus on Roseville. Once they did, it was all Raptor basketball as East Ridge finished off the Raiders in an 80-43 final score.
It was a back-and-forth game for the first few minutes as the game was tied at 12-12. Head coach Bryce Tesdahl called a timeout at that point to try and regroup as a team.
"I typically try not to call timeouts, but I felt we needed it at that moment," Tesdahl said. "After that, our players were focused and it was a great win for us to continue getting better each game."
It was a well-rounded game for the Raptors as many players were able to reach double digits in points and continue working as a team.
Kendall Brown led the Raptors with 23 points as his brother, Courtney Brown Jr., scored 15 points.
Patrick Lynott was connecting on three's as he finished with 12 points, while Ben Carlson and Zach Zebrowski finished with 11 and 10 points on Friday night.
"We had a lot of balance tonight between the players," Lynott said. "That balance can really help us as a team because anyone can knock down a shot and continue building this lead."
Tesdahl was happy with the win, but he knows East Ridge has to take some big steps this month to get ready for the section tournament.
The Raptors want to reach the state tournament this year and to do that, Tesdahl said they have to focus on three things.
The first is to defend the opponent without fouling. The second is to rebound at a high level both offensively and defensively. The third and final focus is to finish possessions the way the Raptors want to finish them.
If those three concepts can get progressively better in this month, East Ridge will be looking better for the section tournament.
"We are starting to get better with each game and it's great to see knowing sections are coming up soon," Brown said. "We just have to keep focusing on one game at a time and getting better for each game."
With this win, East Ridge improves its record to 9-2 on the season. The Raptors will host rival Park on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
White Bear Lake 72, Woodbury 62
White Bear Lake led 41-27 after the first half, but Woodbury made it closer in the second half. The 35-31 score in the second half wasn't enough for the Royals as the Bears won 72-62 on Friday night.
Bradley Cimperman led the Royals with 18 points, while Mac Lockner finished with 15 points. McK Robertson also ended the night with 10 points.
Woodbury will host Mounds View on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
St. Agnes 59, New Life Academy 48
At the half, St. Agnes was up 23-18 over New Life Academy on Thursday night. St. Agnes was able to hold onto that lead and win 59-48 over the Eagles.
The Eagles were led by Michael Reader who finished with 16 points, while Konner Ware finished with 12 points.
The loss puts New Life's record down to 4-6 on the season as the Eagles prepare to travel to Superior on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
East Ridge 74, Woodbury 42
The stands were packed. The student sections were chanting. To the players, it felt like a section playoff game.
Welcome to the Woodbury and East Ridge boys basketball rivalry.
The two teams squared off on Tuesday night for the first of two meetings this season. East Ridge had the last chant though as the Raptors defeated the Royals with a 74-42 final score.
"It was a great team win for us," said East Ridge's head coach Bryce Tesdahl. "We just hope to get better with each game and tonight we did just that as we prepare for more conference games."
Towards the beginning of the first half, the game was neck-and-neck with baskets being made by both teams. One of the teams would go down the court and make a three, but the other team would come right back with a three of their own.
That close game slowly opened up towards the end of the first half as East Ridge mixed up some strategies to create difficult shots for Woodbury. Those misses allowed the Raptors to create fast break opportunities and they took full advantage of them.
"I like the effort our players had on the court tonight," said Woodbury's head coach Kent Getzlaff. "The players gave it their all and we will learn from this game as we prepare for the next game."
East Ridge ended the first half with a 17-point lead and that lead was held and extended in the second half. The second half consisted of many dunks from the Raptors including some major dunks by Kendall Brown, Courtney Brown Jr. and Ben Carlson.
Carlson led the Raptors with 19 points, while Brown was right behind him with 17 points. Brown Jr. was also efficient on Tuesday night with 14 points.
Along with those three, Patrick Lynott and Zach Zebrowski finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. It took a team effort, but East Ridge was able to grab the first win of the season against in-town rival Woodbury.
"We know Woodbury will be ready to fight even harder next time we play, so we just have to keep working hard at practice," Tesdahl said. "It's a great rivalry for the city and it brings the community together. I'm glad I get to be a part of this rivalry."
Woodbury had a handful of players as well that had strong nights. McK Robertson led the Royals with 11 points, while Bradley Cimperman was right behind him with nine points. Mac Lockner also ended the night with eight points.
The loss on Tuesday brings Woodbury's record down to 2-10 on the season, but the Royals are looking ahead as they travel to White Bear Lake on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:15 p.m.
"We have really talented players on our team," Getzlaff said. "We, as coaches, just need to keep working with them at practice and continue improving each day. I'm looking forward to the second half of this season."
East Ridge improves its' record to 8-2 on the season and 3-0 in the conference as the Raptors host Roseville on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
Maranatha 76, New Life Academy 39
Maranatha took control of the game early on Tuesday night and defeated New Life Academy with a 76-39 final score.
Michael Reader led the Eagles with 16 points, while Konner Ware scored eight points.
The loss brings New Life's record down to 4-5 on the season as the Eagles prepare to host St. Agnes on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.