COTTAGE GROVE — The Stillwater boys’ basketball team opened Suburban East Conference play with a convincing 78-26 victory over Park on Tuesday.
Four players scored between 10 and 12 points to lead a balanced attack for the Ponies (1-0 SEC, 4-0), who were led by Matt Anderson and Joel Malwitz with 12 points apiece. Tony Lennox drained three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points while sophomore post player Kyle McKinley chipped in with 10 points.
“It was the best intensity we’ve had against Park in the four years I’ve been here,” Ponies coach Randy Jordan said. “The kids came out and played hard. I thought McKinley came in and did a nice job of posting up.”
Stillwater jumped out to an early 15-2 lead and never looked back. The deep Ponies also did not show a significant dip in play after the starters left the game early in the second half. The Ponies also outscored Park 19-5 at the free throw line.
“(The Wolfpack) are young and they just had trouble scoring,” Jordan said. “We picked it up from the beginning and showed a lot of intensity. It was a good opener.”
Tuesday’s loss was the 59th consecutive loss in conference play for the Wolfpack (0-1, 1-5).
Stillwater 41 37 — 78
Park 14 12 — 26
Stillwater (pts): Sam Lagus 6, Aaron Romportl 3, Andrew Duxbury 8, Nick Ogren 2, Tony Lennox 11, Joe Quinn 6, Matt Anderson 12, Chad Schlosser 8, Kyle McKinley 10 and Joel Malwitz 12.
Park: Sully Brenke 3, Aaron Gorres 3, Anthony Juba 5, Ryan Klika 7, Jordan Pinnix 2, Patrick Morrissey 3, Jeb Melson 2 and Mike Broskoff 1.
3-pointers: St (5): Lagus 2 and Lennox 3; Par (3): Brenke, Gorress and Juba.
Free throws: St, 19-28; Par, 5-10.