FL boys cruise to title in Albert Lea
After years of taking part in loaded holiday tournaments, the Forest Lake boys’ basketball team charted a different course last week. The Rangers found the competition less rugged at the Tiger Classic in Albert Lea, sweeping to the title with two comfortable wins.
Heading into the bulk of conference play, coach Dan Cremisino hopes the solid showing will be a confidence boost for a team that entered the event with a record of 2-2. The two-day trip also provided bonding time for a team which has not spent as many years playing together as most.
“I think it was good for us,” he said. “It’s just where we’re at in our development as a team.”
On the court, the Rangers outclassed the competition both days. They topped the host Tigers 67-54 to win the title on Wednesday.
Forest Lake ran out to a 35-24 lead at half and pushed the advantage to near 20 down the stretch. Albert Lea’s starters were skilled enough to hang around, but Forest Lake was able to expose some weaknesses once the Tigers got into their bench.
Senior guard Tyler Rosenberger and junior post Noah Davis continued to carry the offensive load. Rosenberger went 3-5 from three-point territory and scored 17 points, while Davis added 15.
“Most teams are having a tough time figuring out how to stay with Noah if he’s playing well,” Cremisino said. “It’s really tough to stop such a unique player with his size and skill set.
“Ty is playing like we thought he would, which is one of the best guards we’ve had in the years we’ve been here.”
Forest Lake cleared the bench in Wednesday’s opener against Triton. All 18 Rangers saw action in a 72-34 win over the winless Class AA school from the Hiawatha Valley League. The Rangers led by 19 at the break and limited the Cobras to just 14 second-half points.
Toby Boyer joined Rosenberger and Davis in double-digits with 10 points. The ninth-grader went 4-4 from the field, including two three-pointers.
Senior Dusty Boyer had nine points and four steals. Senior Jackson McDowell totaled nine points and nine rebounds.
The Rangers faced a much tougher test this Tuesday, as they welcomed Cretin-Derham Hall for the conference home opener. They also play at Park on Friday and at home against East Ridge next Tuesday.