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East Ridge players and fans celebrate on the court after the Raptors beat Woodbury 66-59 Jan. 3 at Woodbury High School. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

East Ridge boys basketball: Raptors earn sweep of Woodbury with 76-70 win

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East Ridge continued its recent success over Woodbury Friday with a 76-70 victory at East Ridge High School to complete a regular season sweep of the Royals.

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The Raptors beat Woodbury 66-59 Jan. 3 at Woodbury High School. The Raptors hold a 6-4 lead in the all-time series between the two Woodbury-based schools, but six of those victories have come in the last eight meetings.

“We’re ready to step forward and make the next move,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said.

Royals senior Matt Ambriz scored his 1,000th career point on a layup in the first half that gave Woodbury a 33-32 lead with 2 minutes, 7 seconds left in the first half of the Suburban East Conference game. Ambriz got fouled on the play and hit the free throw to put the Royals up 34-32. Ambriz finished with 17 points in the game.

“I wish he would have gotten to 1,025 instead of 1,007,” Woodbury head coach Scott Swanson said. “It’s good. He’s put in a lot of work and he’s a good shooter.”

The Royals (14-8, 10-4 SEC) had an opportunity to pull into a tie for second place in the conference with a victory, but instead the Raptors remained in second place behind Cretin-Derham Hall, which has just one conference loss this season.

Isaiah Codden led Woodbury with 20 points, Ben Rizzardi added 11 points and Ben Meyer added 12 points off the bench. Codden had 10 rebounds and four assists.

The eighth-ranked Raptors (18-4, 12-2 SEC) pushed their winning streak to four games.

The Royals limited Ryan Keenan to eight points and five rebounds. Sid Tomes led all scorers with 22 points. Jake Knupp added 16 points and Parker Moquist scored 12 points on 3 of 6 shooting from 3-point range.

Bobby Remke came off the bench in the second half and played some valuable minutes for the Raptors. Remke scored seven points, had three rebounds and a steal.

Moquist hit two 3s early in the second half to put some distance between East Ridge and the Royals.

“That’s the kind of team we have,” Virgin said. “It’s never just one guy. We rely a lot on 10 different guys.”

Moquist’s second 3 of the second half tied the game 46-46 and started an 11-2 run that swung the momentum in the Raptors’ direction. Tomes hit a 3-pointer and Remke hit a free throw to give East Ridge a 57-48 lead with 9:38 to play.

Woodbury came back in a flurry when Meyer started to heat up. Meyer scored 10 of his 12 points in a span of less than three minutes. Meyer hit a 3-pointer and converted three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt. Meyer hit all three free throws to make it 65-63 with 4:30 left.

Knupp, who earlier hit a shot at the buzzer to put the Raptors up 36-34 at halftime, sparked a 7-0 run to go up 72-64 with 2:08 to play. Tomes hit a 3 and converted a turnover into a layup on the other end.

East Ridge shot 45 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range.

Woodbury had 16 turnovers in the game.

The Raptors face White Bear Lake Friday in White Bear Lake while the Royals play Cretin-Derham Hall Friday in St. Paul.

Prior to beating Woodbury, Jake Knupp led a quartet of scorers in double figures Wednesday as the Raptors took down Roseville 82-74 at Roseville High School.

Knupp scored 29 points to lead the Raptors, who led 39-32 at halftime.

Kennan and Tomes each scored 14 points and Seth Green added 15 points.

Five players scored in double figures for the Raiders. Jesper Horstad and Derek Magnuson led Roseville with 16 points each.

-Nick Gerhardt

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