Boys basketball: Forest Lake shoots past Ponies in OT

FOREST LAKE — Torrid outside shooting helped Forest Lake overcome a 13-point halftime deficit as the Rangers rallied for a 61-58 overtime victory over Stillwater in Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference boys’ basketball game.

The Rangers (2-4 SEC, 4-7) drained 10 3-pointers in the second half — including five by Connor Knutson — to send the Ponies (3-3, 7-4) to their second straight conference loss.

Stillwater led 32-19 at halftime, but the Rangers connected from long range on four of their first five possessions as part of a 21-6 run to start the second half to grab a 40-38 lead. The Ponies answered to regain the lead and appeared poised to win the game before Noah Davis drilled a long three to tie the game at 56-all.

The Ponies had an opportunity to win the game down the stretch, but the game went to overtime after Sam Lagus could not convert on a drive that drew contact, but no foul in the final seconds.

Stillwater took a two-point lead to start the overtime, but was shut out the rest of the way as the Rangers regained the lead and pulled away at the free throw line.

“We had some shots, but just didn’t make them,” Ponies coach Randy Jordan said. “We just didn’t execute what we needed to do.”

Davis finished with 23 points to lead all scorers and Connor Kuntson added 22 for the Rangers, who received scoring from just four players. Andrew Duxbury racked up 16 points and 11 rebounds while Matt Anderson added 13 points for Stillwater.

 

Stillwater 32 24 2 — 58

Forest Lake 19 37 5 — 61

 

Stillwater (pts): Sam Lagus 7, Aaron Romportl 2, Andrew Duxbury 16, Tony Lennox 3, Joe Quinn 6, Matt Anderson 13, Chad Schlosser 7 and Joel Malwitz 4.

Forest Lake: Matt Degendorfer 10, Anthony Tyler 6, Connor Knutson 22 and Noah Davis 23.

3-pointers: St (3): Lagus, Lennox and Anderson; FL (10): Degendorfer 2, Knutson 5 and Davis 3.

Free throws: St, 15-20; FL, 9-12.

Fouls: St, 13; FL, 18.

Fouled out: FL, Brock Baumgartner.

  • Fries

    Ouch. Tough loss. Better talent? Better luck? Better coaching?

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