Former Ranger coaches Mounds View to comeback win
Forest Lake dropped two Suburban East Conference basketball games last week, including one to Mounds View in the final visit from longtime Mustang coach Ziggy Kauls, a 1959 Forest Lake graduate who will retire after this season.
It appeared for much of last Tuesday’s contest that Kauls would leave his former home disappointed, as the Rangers led for most of the contest. A 13-2 run late in the first half put Forest Lake ahead 29-18. Dusty Boyer scored seven points during the spree and Tyler Rosenberger added six free throws.
Mounds View closed the half with five straight points, and hit a three-pointer to open the second half. Ben Rush and Brett Burkhardt heated up from beyond the arc and the Mustangs used three-pointers to narrow the gap. Two of their eight overall three-pointers came during an 8-0 run which finally gave them the lead with 5:35 to go.
Forest Lake tied it 50-50 on back-to-back buckets by Noah Davis, but Mounds View outscored the Rangers 10-2 over the final four minutes and prevailed 58-50.
Burkhardt scored a game-high 21 points, while Davis led the Rangers with 17. Boyer added 12.
It was the fourth straight win for Mounds View, which improved to 12-3 overall.
On Friday, Forest Lake trailed 30-20 after one half and went on to lose 73-62 in White Bear Lake. The Bears (9-8, 4-5 in SEC) used a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures. Boyer led the Rangers with a career-high 19 points. Davis scored 15 and Rosenberger 12.
The road gets no easier for Forest Lake, which is now 6-9 overall and 2-7 in the SEC. The Rangers hosted 13-3 Roseville on Tuesday and play at 10-6 Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday. A non-conference home game against Big Lake is on tap for next Monday.