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home : sports : sports May 28, 2016

1/9/2014 1:32:00 PM
Wildcats boys close Tartan Tourney with loss to Cougars

Basketball is a complex game and even if a team has a quality night on one end, it doesn’t mean it’s going to translate into a win. The Chisago Lakes boys squad found that out in their last game of the Tartan Tournament just before 2014 rang in. They had a pretty efficicent night on offense and were able to spread the ball around to their primary scorers.

They took 30 free throws and made 23 of them, they were even in the rebound department. And all that didn’t matter, because the Wildcats weren’t up to snuff on defense in an 82-67 loss to the Cougars. Centennial got out to the fast start and began building their lead early. By halftime, they already had 36 points and led by double digits. In the second half, Chisago Lakes started going to the line more and creating more of their own shots on offense, but on defense, things just kept falling apart, leading to easy baskets for Centennial.

The Wildcats eventually succumbed to the Cougars 82-67, ending the tournament 1-2 with losses to Centennial and Spring Lake Park and a lone victory over the Duluth East Greyhounds. On the night, Mitch Berg led the Wildcats with 19 points. Jakob Lindquist had 12 points and Will Gillach and Jake McKenzie each added 11.

Gillach also had eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for the ‘Cats. McKenzie added seven boards. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 5-7 on the season. Earlier this week, CL had a home game against Cambridge-Isanti postponed due to the extrem cold, but they’ll take on Rogers on Friday, January 10 at 7:15 in Rogers. They follow that up with another trip out west on Tuesday, January 14 to Princeton.

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