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Park boys basketball: Upset not in cards for Wolfpack against East Ridge, Roseville

The Park boys basketball team went up against two of the Suburban East Conference’s top squads, but couldn’t come away an upset.

Park hung with East Ridge and Roseville, but fell 71-49 to the Raptors Jan. 28, in Woodbury and 79-55 to the Raiders on Jan. 31 in Roseville.

East Ridge (16-4; 10-2 SEC) opened up a 47-19 halftime lead on Park. The Wolfpack (3-16; 0-12 SEC) outscored East Ridge 30-24 in the second half, but the Raptors cruised to the 22-point win.

Park junior Anthony Juba led the Wolfpack with 12 points. Junior Ryan Klika added 10 points.

Sid Tomes led East Ridge with a game-high 16 points.

Park kept things even closer with Roseville.

The Wolfpack found itself down 39-22 at the half. But, Roseville (11-9; 8-4 SEC) outscored Park 40-32 in the second half to escape its home court with a win.

Klika had a team high 15 points to go along with four rebounds. Juba scored 13 points and had four rebounds and junior Jeb Melson and senior Sully Brenke each scored seven points and had four rebounds.

Despite the noble effort the loss was Park’s eighth straight and kept the Wolfpack winless in the SEC on the year.

Park took on White Bear Lake (8-11; 5-7 SEC) Feb. 3, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, Park welcomes seventh-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall (17-3; 12-1 SEC) to Cottage Grove Feb. 7.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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