OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Two trends continued on Tuesday as Stillwater defeated East Ridge 64-49 in a Suburban East Conference boys’ basketball game at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies (12-5 SEC, 19-6) jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and remained in control throughout while winning their sixth in a row — and sending the Raptors (10-7, 17-8) to their fourth straight defeat. Stillwater swept the regular season series and also moved into sole possession of third place in the league standings behind Woodbury (14-3, 21-4) and Roseville (14-3, 20-5), which upended White Bear Lake (11-6, 16-9) 73-57 on Tuesdsay.
Stillwater, which led by as many as 17 points in the first half and enjoyed a comfortable lead throughout, received a game-high 20 points from Andrew Duxbury and 12 from Matt Anderson.
The pair combined for 19 of Stillwater’s 29 first-half points and Duxbury also pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Raptors are led by guards Jake Knupp and Sid Tomes, but Sam Lagus and Aaron Romportl limited them to a combined 13 points, which is about 27 below their season average.
“We picked them up full-court man and denied the two guards,” Ponies coach Randy Jordan said. “I thought Sam did a good job on Knupp, he’s averaging 15 or 16 and we held him to two buckets, and Romportl did a nice job on Tomes.”
Stillwater also outscored the Raptors 21-13 at the free throw line.
The Ponies close out the regular season by hosting Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday, with seedings for the Section 4AAA tournament slated to be announced on Saturday. The section quarterfinals are scheduled for March 6.
East Ridge 19 30 — 49
Stillwater 29 35 — 64
East Ridge (pts): Brian Ishola 10, Jake Knupp 6, Bobby Remke 1, Sid Tomes 7, Seth Green 3, Parker Moquist 6, Ryan Keenan 2 and Conrad Sexe 14.
Stillwater: Sam Lagus 7, Aaron Romportl 7, Andrew Duxbury 20, Tony Lennox 4, Joe Quinn 8, Matt Anderson 12 and Chad Scholosser 6.
3-pointers: ER (4): Knupp, Tomes and Moquist 2; St (5): Lagus, Romportl, Duxbury, Quinn and Anderson.
Free throws: ER, 13-20; St, 21-27.
Fouls: ER, 19; St, 14.