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East Ridge boys basketball: Raptors rout Polars, Lakers in non-conference games

East Ridge guard Sid Tomes brings the ball up the court. The sophomore had a game-high 22 points in a win over North St. Paul last week.

The East Ridge boys basketball team earned a pair of lopsided nonconference victories last week as it tuned up for Suburban East Conference play this week.

The Raptors improved to 4-1 overall, beating North St. Paul 71-41 on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 12, before traveling to Minneapolis Southwest on Friday, Dec. 14, and coming home with an 86-52 win.

Nine different players scored in East Ridge's win over North St. Paul (1-3).

Sophomore guard Sid Tomes led the way with a game-high 22 points. Senior center Conrad Sexe and junior swing man Brian Ishola each netted 11 points as well. Brad Simonson had 10 boards for the Raptors.

In the win over Southwest, East Ridge outscored the Lakers 51-25 in the second half to blow the game wide open. Ten different Raptors scored in the win, including six who hit double digits. Ishola led the way with 15 points and eight rebounds, followed by junior big man Ryan Keenan with 14 points. Sexe chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds, Xavier Cole scored 12 points and Tomes added 10 points. Ryan Mathis also had six rebounds. Akeem Smith had a game-high 19 points for Minneapolis Southwest (0-4).

East Ridge started SEC play on Tuesday at White Bear Lake (2-2). Next up is the Raptors' highly anticipated match-up with Woodbury (3-1) on Friday, Dec. 21, at East Ridge High School. The two teams split their two head-to-head games last year and are tied 3-3 overall in the short history of the two Woodbury-based high schools.