|2/25/2022 11:16:00 AM|
'Cats pull off upset on Marquardt's clutch shot
In the middle of a tough season for Chisago Lakes boys basketball, they got a nice pick-me-up when they upset a reeling North Branch squad at home on Friday, February 18.
Chisago Lakes was just 3-19 on the year coming into the game and North Branch was 14-8, but losers of their last four and seven of their last 10.
Chisago Lakes made sure North Branch’s tough skid continued with a 76-73 victory over the Vikes.
The teams were all square after the first half at 33-33 and they traded leads in what was a hotly contested second half.
But,with less than a minute left in the game, and North Branch leading 73-71, senior Reed Marquardt made arguably the biggest shot of his career. He deked out his defender on the right elbow and slashed across the baseline to find himself wide open for a corner three pointer right in front of his bench. He swished the shot, sending the bench and the student section into a frenzy as it gave Chisago Lakes the 74-73 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
The shot was fitting for Marqaurdt to hit, as it was senior night, and he’s the one of three seniors players on the team. The ‘Cats also recognized Luke Thompson, Alex Buermann, and Mark Palmquist, a senior student manager.
Owen Larson scored 20 for Chisago Lakes, Patrick Rowe had 17, Marqaurdt had 12 and Thompson added 11.
Trevor Johnson led North Branch with 23. Andrew Thauwald had 18 and Travis Schoeberl chipped in 13.
The win snapped CL’s own three game losing streak and they improved to 4-19.
North Branch has now lost five in a row and their record dropped to 14-9 after starting the season on a blistering pace of 11-1.