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East Ridge boys basketball: ‘Nothing was working’ in loss to Mounds View

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The East Ridge boys basketball team is hoping to put a tough loss to Mounds View behind it. 

East Ridge lost just its second game since Dec. 3 when the Raptors fell 77-64 at Suburban East Conference foe Mounds View on Friday. 

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Mounds View (15-3; 8-3 SEC) took a 27-24 first-half lead on the ninth-ranked Raptors, then outscored East Ridge 50-40 in the second half to earn the 13-point win.

“We played our worst half of basketball in two years,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. “Nothing was working. We did a lousy job on defense, a lousy job on offense and a lousy job of coaching.”

East Ridge junior guard Sid Tomes led the way for the Raptors (14-4; 8-2 SEC) in the loss with 24 points and four steals. Also, senior guard Jake Knupp chipped in 10 points, six assists and two steals. 

Mounds View’s Ryan Kaczynzski led all scorers with 30 points.

East Ridge welcomed back Ryan Keenan to the lineup and the senior center scored four points. Keenan had the previous five games with an injury. East Ridge senior starters Ryan Mathis and Brian Ishola are both out for the season with injuries. 

Prior to the loss, East Ridge took care of business in a 70-52 conference win over Hastings. 

East Ridge opened up a 30-23 lead on Hastings, then outscored the Raiders 40-29 in the second half to cruise to the win. 

East Ridge held Hastings (4-14; 2-9 SEC) to just 37 percent from the field and limited Hastings’ leading scorer Sam Skoyen to just four points. Skoyen entered the game averaging over 20 points, but needed to hit a 3-pointer with about two minutes to play to improve a 1-point performance the rest of the game. Tomes and sophomore Seth Green defended Skyoen for the majority of the game.

“We once again played great D,” Virgin said. “I am especially proud how Seth and Sid held Skoyen to four points.”

On the offense end, Tomes, Knupp and Green led the way. Tomes scored a game-high 18 points, Knupp had 15 points and six assists and Green had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Also, Bobby Remke chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench. 

“We are still struggling offensively and we need to fix that very soon,” Virgin said. “Bobby Remke and Bobby Franks played just fantastic in the second half. Those two just keep getting better and better.”

Next, East Ridge is at Forest Lake (5-13; 2-9 SEC) on Friday.

“My hope is we can get back to the things we do well,” Virgin said. “We will try to refocus and continue to work on our good habits. I love working with these guys they are a great bunch of young men and my hope is we will get back to playing Raptor basketball.”

—Patrick Johnson

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