NB boys basketball records two losses

Travis VanElsberg scored eight points in the Spring Lake Park game and led the team against St. Louis Park scoring 13 points. Photo by Bill Jones

Travis VanElsberg scored eight points in the Spring Lake Park game and led the team against St. Louis Park scoring 13 points. Photo by Bill Jones

The woes continue for the North Branch boys basketball team.

The Vikings notched two losses last week against North Suburban Conference rivals St. Louis Park and Spring Lake Park.

On Jan. 22 the Vikings hosted the Orioles and were outscored 81-40.

“Tonight, we did not show the effort and energy that represent North Branch basketball,” coach David Anderson said. “We came out very flat against a very good St Louis Park team and never made the game competitive. It was very disappointing especially since we have been so competitive in every game this season.”

Last Friday the team fell 76-35 to the Panthers.

“We played with more effort and energy than we did on Tuesday against St. Louis Park,” Anderson said. “However, Spring lake Park played at a higher level than we did. They played faster, more aggressively, with more poise, and with more confidence.”

Individual stats will be posted on Scoreboard Plus on the ECM Post Review’s website.

The North Branch boys basketball team is tied for tenth  with Chisago Lakes Area in the North Suburban Conference with a 1-7 conference and 2-13 overall record. The Viking boys team will travel to St. Francis to face the Fighting Saints (11-5) 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31. (The Viking girls basketball game will follow the boys at St. Francis at 7 p.m.) The boys team will then travel to Totino-Grace High School in Fridley to face the Eagles (4-11) 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5. The boys game at St. Francis is scheduled to be broadcast on FM 95.9 WLKX.

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