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January 21, 2019

12/20/2018 1:57:00 PM
Defense still sagging for CL boys as they go 0-3 on the week

Forest Lake 100, Chisago Lakes 72
The Rangers put a gigantic stamp on the Lake Area battle last week when they hung up triple digits on Chisago Lakes on Thursday, December 13.

Forest Lake was 0-3 heading into the contest, so despite being the much bigger school, the Wildcats had some hope they could ambush FL early and grab a win.

That didn’t happen. The Rangers scored 53 points in the first half behind offensive explosions from Galvy Ngimukua and Dorell Young.

Forest Lake kept pouring it on in the second half too with Young and Ngimukua continuing their onslaught, and joined by Spencer Perron and Hunter Damon.

Chisago Lakes couldn’t keep up pace on offense, despite 26 points from Alex Paulsen. Will Tinjum also added 13 points, but it wasn’t enough as FL cruised to their first win of the year.

Hermantown 78, Chisago Lakes 73
The Wildcats played a much more competitive game when they hosted Hermantown on Saturday, Decmember 15.

The match up pitted two section rivals going in opposite directions. Hermantown was 5-0 heading into the game and Chisago Lakes had lost three in a row after opening the season with a win.

The game was much closer than those records indicated, with Chisago Lakes holding a slim lead at halftime, 42-40.

The offensive trio of Tinjum, Jackson Timm and Andrew Koehler was clicking, but Hermantown retook the lead early in the second half and despite never pulling away from the ‘Cats, they kept enough distance between themselves to secure the five point win. Hermantown had four people in double figures, led by Connor Bich’s 29. Peter Soumis added 16, Alex Bjorlin chipped in 13 and Dalton Everett had 11.

For the Wildcats, Tinjum led the way with 22 points, Timm had 13 and Koehler added 11 points.

“We competed against a tough team here, but we have to work on completing a defensive gameplan if we expect to compete this season,”   Head Coach Josh Flug said. “We got off to a nice start, but our defensive effort led us to trouble.”

Mahtomedi 90, Chisago Lakes 63
The Wildcats got the balanced scoring they were looking for between four of their top players, but nobody else did much of anything besides that as the ‘Cats lost another blowout, this time 90-63 to Mahtomedi on Monday, December 17.

Tinjum and Koehler each had 17 points, Paulsen had 15 and Seth Thompson 10, but outside of those four, Zach Erickson and Jackson Timm were the only others to score, and they each had two points.

Mahtomedi had a 16 point lead at halftime, and kept building on that through the second half. They were led by J’Vonne Hadley’s 27 points. Other than Hadley, they had five other players score over eight points as they stretched out their offensive responsibility.

The loss was CL’s fifth in a row after their opening win over St. Croix Lutheran. They’ll just have one more chance to snap that streak before the holidays when they travel to Hill Murray on Friday, December 21, before taking off for over two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s break. The Pioneers are 0-5 on the year, so it’s a good chance for CL to bank their second win of the year. Game time is at 7 p.m.

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