Basketball boys find both ends of spectrum
A 42-point victory is how the Ranger boys’ basketball team followed up a lopsided loss last week. Forest Lake fired a blank in a home loss to Cretin-Derham Hall last Tuesday but improved to 5-3 on the year by hammering Park on the road three nights later.
The Rangers canned 12 three-pointers and stole the ball 25 times in the latter, a 72-30 victory.
The Wolfpack has not won a Suburban East Conference game since the 2008-09 season, but Ranger coach Dan Cremisino came into the contest wary. Park (2-9) had lost by just three points at Hastings last Tuesday and Forest Lake was without leading scorer Tyler Rosenberger, who left the prior game with an ankle injury.
Friday’s contest was never close, however. Forest Lake played smothering defense and Dusty Boyer and Matt Degendorfer combined to make nine three-pointers.
Park’s scoring output marks the lowest a Forest Lake opponent has reached during Cremisino’s six years at the helm.
Degendorfer, a sophomore guard, finished with 19 points and four steals, both team highs.
C-DH 66, FL 49
Cretin-Derham Hall had not won in Forest Lake since 2006, and the Raiders came out last Tuesday like they were taking out four seasons’ worth of frustration.
On the other end of the spectrum, the 66-49 rout was an unfamiliar sight for Ranger fans.
“We played pretty tentatively,” said Cremisino. “We never responded to what Cretin did and never answered back and never adjusted. It was as poor a game as we’ve played in quite a while.”
Led by forward CJ Neumann, a Wofford (Division I) signee, the Raiders used an early 10-0 run to go up 16-4, and Forest Lake would never come within nine the rest of the way. The Rangers scored just 16 first-half points. Anthony Tyler finished with 10 points to lead the team.
The Raiders improved to 4-4 with the win, then fell in Roseville on Friday.
Forest Lake opened a three-game week by hosting East Ridge this Tuesday. The boys play at Blaine tonight, Jan. 12, and host conference-leading Woodbury on Friday. That game takes place on Red Out Day, meaning admission will be free to those wearing red American Heart Association T-shirts. The shirts are being sold before and after school this week at the high school. The $10 shirts also allow for free admission to the home wrestling match tonight.