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March 23, 2018

2/16/2018 11:19:00 AM
'Cats upset St. Francis before dropping two M8C contests

Chisago Lakes 69, St. Francis 68
Defense is what mattered the most for Chisago Lakes with just four minutes left and a tight lead against the St. Francis Saints boys basketball team on Tuesday, January 30.

“We stepped up our intensity on the defensive end the last part of the game and we found a way to get the close win,” Head Coach Todd Dufault said after the narrow victory.

Chisago Lakes put together two good halves, which hasn’t happened a ton lately. They were only down by two points at halftime and then overtook the Saints in the second half to hold on for the one point win.

“We were short handed tonight and the guys responded really well,” Dufault said. “It was a great team effort and the bench support was big in the win for us. We had some breakdown at times, but we did not fold. Proud of the guys and how they responded.”

Mitchell Barrett and Nils Gulbranson each led the way with 13 points. Will Tinjum chipped in 11 and Beau Backes had seven.

Big Lake 59, Chisago Lakes 48
The ‘Cats reverted back to their old ways in an 11 point loss to Big Lake on Friday, February 2. They got off to a sluggish start, and never really rebounded. They battled at times, but they could never get the big stop or the big bucket to take over the momentum in the game.

“I thought we did a pretty good job on the boards since Big Lake is a good rebounding team,” Dufault said after the contest. “But, we have to put two good halves together. We’ve talked about coming out focused and needing a better start than we got tonight.”
Tinjum led the team with 14 points, Gulbranson had 12 and Seth Thompson added 10.

Monticello 63, Chisago Lakes 29
Chisago Lakes had perhaps their worst performance of the year when they played Monticello on Monday, February 5. The Magic, who are 15-5 on the year and have a quality team, absolutely locked up the CL offense and forced them into bad shots all night. “It was one of those nights where not much went right,” Dufault said. “Give credit to Monticello, they played extremely well and took us completely out of any offensive flow.”

Backes led the ‘Cats with eight points and Tinjum had seven on the night.

“I told the guys, when you play 26 games, you are bound to have a night like this,” Dufault said. “We need to turn the page, forget about it and go back to work.   That's exactly what the guys did."

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