East Ridge basketball's Pahl passes 1,000-point milestone
An overtime victory wasn't the highlight for East Ridge in its recent game against Forest Lake.
The highlight came courtesy of Raptor senior shooting guard Justin Pahl.
Pahl, the Raptors' captain, netted his 1,000th point as a high school player in the narrow 56-54 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Forest Lake. Pahl reached the milestone as he led the Raptors with 12 points in the win over the Rangers. He's the first East Ridge player to reach that career mark.
Pahl headed into the game with 990 points, a combination of his scoring for the Raptors and for Mahtomedi High School, where he played before transferring to East Ridge.
"There was a little pressure, but I knew it was going to come sooner or later," Pahl said of the accomplishment. "I wanted it sooner rather than later and I wanted it at a home game, but I'm happy to just have the opportunity to surpass 1,000."
Pahl said "there was relief" when he hit 1,000, but his focus on the close game overshadowed any thought of celebrating the milestone.
Forest Lake (5-6; 1-4 SEC) ended the first half with a 29-26 lead, but Pahl and the Raptors stepped up in the second half to outscore Forest Lake 22-19, bringing the game to a 48-48 tie at the end of regulation.
East Ridge (6-6; 3-2 SEC) outscored Forest Lake 8-6 in overtime, good for the 56-54 win.
Pahl and three other East Ridge players scored in the double digits. Brian Ishola with 11 points, while Conrad Sexe and Sid Tomes each scored 10 points.
The Raptors followed up the overtime victory with a 54-48 loss to Mounds View.
East Ridge led 18-17 at the half, but Mounds View (9-3; 3-2 SEC) put together a 37-30 second half to seal the 6-point victory.
The Raptors had scoring from eight players, led by Tomes' 10 points. Pahl added 9 points while Sexe netted 8 points.
Pahl had 1,011 career points after last week's games. He said the milestone was "really important" to him because he sees the names of good high school players who also have surpassed that scoring mark.
"To see my name up there and to be like, I scored 1,000 points too, to be in that club is really something to think about and be proud of," he said.
East Ridge returned home to take on tough opponent Roseville on Tuesday, Jan. 17, after the Bulletin went to press. The Raiders were 9-3 overall and trailed only Woodbury in the SEC heading into the game.