FL boys fall to East Ridge in buzzer-beater

The Ranger boys’ basketball team suffered two losses on the road last week, falling to East Ridge on Tuesday and to Woodbury on Thursday.

In the nailbiter against the Raptors, Forest Lake stuck with a 10-1 team through the first half and trailed by only a couple of points at halftime.

Late in the game, senior Noah Davis pulled his team back to within one possession with a transition three-pointer from the left wing to made it 59-56. Sophomore Connor Knutson followed suit on a break soon after, hitting a three to tie the game up from the corner off a pass from senior Taylor Gullickson.

With a minute to go, the Raptors stalled, then took a shot with 32 seconds left. The referees called jump ball on the rebound, and East Ridge maintained possession, setting up a buzzer-beater from the corner.

“It was a tough one to lose,” head coach Dan Cremisino said. “The guys played one of their better games against a good team. I don’t think that kid had even taken a shot all game.”

Davis led the offense with 27 points, followed by junior Matt Degendorfer with 11.

On Thursday, the Rangers lost hard to Woodbury. The Royals stand third in the Suburban East Conference with an overall record of 9-3.

Forest Lake was down early, trailing by 10 a couple minutes in at 14-4. The Rangers couldn’t keep up and the Royals led 54-27 at the half before falling 86-53.

“Woodbury shot extremely well,” Cremisino said. “They played very, very well and we didn’t play particululary well.”

Davis again led the offense with 21 points, followed by senior Wyatt Lawson with 10.

The Rangers’ record is now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Forest Lake hosted Stillwater on Tuesday night and stays at home for a Friday night matchup at 7:15 p.m. against Hastings.