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February 22, 2019

1/17/2019 1:44:00 PM
CL wins two nail-biters before ugly three game stretch

Chisago Lakes 56, Fridley 55
In their last game of the Tartan Tournament, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team eeked out a one-point win over the Fridley Tigers.

The ‘Cats were led by Will Tinjum’s 19 points. They got some balanced scoring from Andrew Koehler with 10 points, Seth Thompson with nine, and a host of others in high double digits.

“The team did a great job carrying out our set offensive plays down the stretch and being unselfish,” Head Coach Josh Flug said.

Chisago Lakes 56, Grand Rapids 55
It was deja vu for the Wildcats, as they beat section foe Grand Rapids by the exact same one-point score as the Fridley game.

Tinjum was again the offensive leader for CL, scoring 20 points. Thompson chipped in 14 points in the nail-biter.

“We were able to adjust and do different things offensively and defensively throughout the game to get us the win,” Flug said after the game. “They were two good team wins. We have started playing better team defense understanding that is how we will be successful.”

Monticello 63, Chisago Lakes 45
The ‘Cats couldn’t get by their first Mississippi 8 Conference test of the year when they dropped a match up against Monticello on Tuesday, January 8.

The Magic had an eight point lead at halftime, and then go it into double digits early in the second half and didn’t look back as they cruised to the 18 point victory.

Big Lake 72, Chisago Lakes 40
The Wildcat offense continued to struggle to put points up in their second M8C tussle of the week.

The game was close at halftime, with the Hornets up by just eight points, but they came out buzzing in the second half and blew Chisago Lakes out.

Thompson was the only Wildcat in double digits, scoring 13 points. Koehler had eight points and no one else had over five for CL.

“We came out flat in both games that we expected to compete in,” Flug noted. “We need to get back to bringing energy and competing every minute of every game.”

Duluth Denfeld 85, Chisago Lakes 67
That energy didn’t translate at the Lake Superior Classic the next day on Saturday, January 12 at Duluth East High School.

The Wildcats lacked any balance in their offense, and that led to an early hole against the Hunters. Tinjum was the only Wildcat who was able to put the ball in the hoop, so Denfeld focused on shutting down the rest of the CL offense.

Tinjum ended with 26 points, but no one else on the team had double digits, while Denfeld had four players score above 13 points, with Antonio Mack leading the way with 23. Josh Reinertsen added 21, Joe Cvancara had 16 and Armon Freeman chipped in 13.

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