Andrew Duxbury joined exclusive company while scoring his 1,000th career point and the Stillwater boys’ basketball reeled off its fourth straight Suburban East Conference victory while topping Mounds View 66-50 on Friday night.
The 6-foot-4 senior forward finished with 12 points to raise his three-year total to 1,003 — becoming just the sixth Stillwater boys’ basketball player to surpass the 1,000-point mark.
“He’s the sixth guy to do it so that’s a pretty good accomplishment for him,” Stillwater coach Randy Jordan said. “It’s not easy to do because a lot of times you only get to play a year or two at the varsity level, so give credit to him for his dedication and his work ethic.”
Duxbury scored his 1,000th point at the free throw line about four or five minutes into the second half. Stillwater’s other 1,000-point scorers include: Joel Armstrong (1,166), Kevin Gullikson (1,103), Jeff Nelson (1,101), Josh Matel (1,091) and Daren Danielson (1,090).
More importantly, however, the Ponies continued their strong play down the stretch while outscoring Mounds View 35-20 in the second half. The Ponies jumped out to a 9-2 lead early, but Mounds View climbed back and it remained tight until later in the second half. Stillwater (11-5 SEC, 17-6) built a five-point lead with about five minutes remaining spreading the floor and waiting to be fouled or shooting an open lay-up.
“We stayed in that for the rest of the game,” Jordan said.
The Ponies pulled away at the free throw line, where they are shooting 73 percent for the season, Stillwater also held a 33-21 rebounding edge.
Stillwater 31 35 — 66
Mounds View 30 20 — 50
Stillwater (pts): Sam Lagus 12, Aaron Romportl 14, Andrew Duxbury 12, Tony Lennox 8, Joe Quinn 10, Matt Anderson 8 and Chad Schlosser 2.
Mounds View: Ryan Kaczynzski 15, Ky Christenson 6, James Van Eps 7, Ben Spencer 3, Jakob Bartels 4, Hunter Sorenson 1 and Tim Hanson 14.
3-pointers: St (6): Lagus 2, Romportl 2 and Lennox 2; MV (6): Christenson 2, Van Eps, Spencer and Hanson 2.
Free throws: St, 16-23; MV, 6-8.
Fouls: St, 12; MV, 12.
Fouled out: None.
Stillwater 51, Henry Sibley 41
Playing its second game in as many nights, the Ponies used a similar formula while dispatching Henry Sibley 51-41 in Saturday’s nonconference boys’ basketball game at Stillwater Area High School.
Stillwater outscored Mounds View 16-6 at the free throw line on Friday and followed that up with a 17-4 advantage in that department against the Warriors (15-9) on Saturday.
Andrew Duxbury set the scoring pace for Stillwater with 15 points while Matt Anderson added 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
“Anderson did a nice job rebounding and we dominated the boards in the second half,” Ponies coach Randy Jordan said. “Only once or twice have we been outrebounded this year. The whole team does a good job blocking out and rebounding.”
The Ponies were locked in a tight battle while clinging to a 43-41 lead with more than five minutes remaining before pulling the ball out and using the stall tactics as part of an 8-0 run to close out the game.
“We shut them out the last six minutes,” Jordan said. “Dux and Anderson each made three out of four free throws and (Joe) Quinn might have had a bucket in there.”
Nick Golberg finished with 12 points to lead the Warriors.
“I thought it was a good weekend,” Jordan said. “I think we’re getting better, we just have to keep improving here with one more week to go before the playoffs.”
Henry Sibley 26 15 — 41
Stillwater 27 24 — 51
Henry Sibley (pts): Kessler Geschwill 6, Julius Johnson 3, Zach Haas 7, Kevin Kolstad 4, Adam Heussner 5, Nick Golberg 12 and Mark Pumper 4.
Stillwater: Sam Lagus 5, Aaron Romportl 3, Andrew Duxbury 15, Tony Lennox 3, Joe Quinn 8, Matt Anderson 11, Chad Schlosser 2 and Joel Malwitz 4.
3-pointers: HS (5): Geschwill 2, Haas, Heussner and Golberg; St (2): Lagus and Lennox.
Free throws: HS, 4-5; St, 17-23.
Fouls: HS, 16; St, 9.
Fouled out: HS, Haas.
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