Boys Basketball: East Ridge fights off Hopkins, Woodbury loses close one to Lakeville South
East Ridge 74, Hopkins 65
It was a memorable season opener for East Ridge as the No. 1 ranked Raptors faced off with No. 2 Hopkins.
After a back-and-forth game for the first 34 minutes, East Ridge pulled out with the lead to end the game comfortably with a big win and a confidence boost.
"I liked our determination and chemistry on the court," said head coach Bryce Tesdahl. "We kept fighting and it really took a team to get this win."
Tesdahl said the first eight minutes Hopkins took a lead and the Raptors had to fight back to regain the lead and keep it at the half. East Ridge had a 34-30 lead heading into the second half.
The Raptors were able to hold that lead the majority of the second half due to the performance by Kendall Brown. Brown finished the game with 26 points, but he scored 18 of them in the second half.
Tesdahl said Brown was all over the court with layups, dunks and 3-pointers. Brown wasn't the only one to contribute in the game as Kourtney Brown Jr., Ben Carlson and Zach Zebrowski all scored in double digits as well.
Brown Jr. had 17 points, while Carlson finished with 15 points and Zebrowski had 13 points. Those four players combined for about 96 percent of the points on Saturday night.
"We worked really well as a team tonight and that was something I was hoping to see," Tesdahl said. "We had so much resilience, which I hope carries into the next game and this season."
The Raptors will return home for their home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. as they take on North. Then, East Ridge heads to Hopkins High School for the Tip-Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Raptors will play at 5:30 p.m. against Prior Lake in the tournament.
"We learned a lot about this team with this win," Tesdahl said. "It's always nice to learn from a win, but hopefully we carry this into next week."
Lakeville South 53, Woodbury 52
It was a close game for the Royals, but Woodbury wasn't able to get the win over Lakeville South to open up the season.
Woodbury led 34-31 at the half, but Lakeville South was able to close it out and complete the game with a win on Saturday.
McK Robertson was the leading scorer for Woodbury as he finished with 21 points. Mac Lockner was the other player to score in double digits for the Royals as he ended the game with 11 points.
Woodbury will look to even out the record with a win on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. as they host Eagan. Then, the Royals finish the week off on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Rosemount.