East Ridge boys basketball: Moquist buzzer-beater helps Raptors
East Ridge junior guard Parker Moquist may have had only two points in the Raptors' Suburban East Conference win over Forest Lake. But, none were bigger.
Moquist hit the game-winning shot from the corner as time expired to help East Ridge sink Forest Lake 61-59 last week in Woodbury. The game-winner came off an assist by junior Jake Knupp, who drove the lane and kicked it out to Moquist.
"Parker is giving us so much more than last-second heroics," East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. "I need to get him on the floor more. He is playing great defense and rebounding his heart out."
In all, East Ridge won three games last week to run its win streak to eight straight games. The Raptors are 10-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the SEC, tied with No. 3-ranked Roseville for first place in the conference standings.
"We have a challenging week ahead," Virgin said. "It will give us a good idea of what we are made of."
In the win over Forest Lake, junior forward Brian Ishola and sophomore guard Sid Tomes led the way with 11 points each and junior guard Xavier Cole added 10 points, while junior forward Ryan Mathis and junior center Ryan Keenan both had eight rebounds to lead the Raptors on the glass.
The Raptors held a 31-28 halftime lead and was unable to separate from the Rangers. Forest Lake (3-7; 1-4 SEC) was able to hang with East Ridge by going 8-for-17 from behind the 3-point line. East Ridge struggled to score in the game, shooting just 29 percent from the field.
Following the win, East Ridge earned a 74-64 win over SEC foe Mounds View at home last Thursday and a 71-68 non-conference victory over Blaine on Saturday in Woodbury.
In the win over Mounds View (7-6; 2-3 SEC), the Raptors opened up a 48-32 halftime lead and never looked back. Ishola led all scorers in the game with 21 points. In addition, senior center Conrad Sexe netted 19 points and Cole chipped in 11 points.
Against Blaine (5-7), East Ridge grabbed a 34-31 advantage at the half, then held on for the win. Four different players scored in double figures for the Raptors in the victory. Tomes led the way with a team-high 16 points, Knupp netted 15 points, Ishola scored 14 points and Mathis had 11 points.
East Ridge took on Roseville, a conference and section foe, on Tuesday in Roseville, after the Bulletin went to print. Next the Raptors play host to Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Jan. 17, before tipping off with Chanhassen in a non-conference game at the Raptors Perch on Saturday, Jan. 19.