NB boys fall to Fridley on home court

The North Branch boys basketball team hosted and lost to the Fridley Tigers 76-41 on Jan. 17.

“Fridley has a really quality squad with a lot of athleticism and speed, which gave us problems the whole night,” said Coach David Anderson. “We had a couple good performances off the bench; Jon Blomquist came in and gave us an offensive spark. His younger brother Matt also came in and played pretty well in the second half. Fridley did a great job of locking up Travis, and their pressure on the ball really limited his game. When Travis gets shut-down we have a difficult time getting our offensive into a good rhythm and it showed during several stretches of the game. Our guys are excited for the chance to play three of the top teams in the state: St. Louis Park, Spring Lake Park and Benilde. Playing such high level competition will be a great experience and another opportunity to compete and improve.”

NB boys basketball vs. Fridley

Travis VanElsberg 4; Dillion Harms 2; Cody Knobbe 4; Brandon Thauwald 6; Tom Kinsella 5; Tyler Knobbe 7; Aaron Biederman 2; J. Blomquist 8; M. Blomquist 2; Chandler Winberg 1

The North Branch boys basketball team has a 0-5 North Suburban Conference and 2-11 overall record. The Vikings will travel to Spring Lake Park to face the #4 state-ranked Panthers (14-1) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, before traveling to Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park to face the #1 state-ranked Red Knights (13-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

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