SPORTS ROUND-UP: Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball took control with a solid second half to open the 2014 season with a 69-55 win over host St. Louis Park on Saturday.
Returning point guard Kyle McDonald scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to help keep the Bluejackets ahead 31-29 at the break. The C-I boys then went on an 11-0 run early in the second half with two buckets by Jake Johnson, a Matt Swanson jumper, two Garrett Hiljus free throws and a McDonald three-pointer to create a 42-31 lead.
The Orioles worked back to within 51-47 when the Bluejackets went on a 7-0 burst to get back ahead by 11 with 3:24 to play. Devin Malik and Hiljus hit field goals, and Nate Cox knocked down a ‘3’ in that stretch. Cox, Hunter Vavra and Swanson finished the Jackets’ scoring with layups in the final minute to keep the Orioles at bay.
McDonald finished with 5 assists to go with this 25 points. Aditional balanced point totals for C-I came from Malik (9), Swanson (9), Johnson (8), Cox (7) and Hiljus (6). Collin Terwilliger, McDonald, Cox and Hiljus all finished with 3 steals in the victory, and Swanson led with 12 rebounds.
The Bluejackets took on White Bear Lake in their Nov. 26 home-opener. Their next action will be at home Dec. 5 against section partner Forest Lake.
Robb. Armstrong 5, C-I Boys Hockey 4
The Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey squad started a bit slowly, getting down 3-0, before picking up the pace in a 5-4 loss to host Robbinsdale Armstrong in the teams’ Nov. 21 season opener.
Kurtis Grimm’s first-period goal ended the Falcons’ scoring run. In the second period, Mavrick Nelson and Grimm netted goals to match Armstrong’s output. Elliott Simon scored the Jackets’ lone goal in the third to cut the deficit to one. Jake Sylvester led C-I with 2 assists, and Jacob Sibell made 32 stops in the nets.
The Bluejackets hosted defending Section 7AA champ Duluth East Nov. 26. Their homestand continues with Duluth Denfeld traveling to Isanti for a 3 p.m. matinee game on Saturday, Nov. 30.
CIMPC Girls Hockey drops two games
The Bluejacket girls hockey squad is still searching for its first win of the season after dropping two games last week.
On Nov. 19, Buffalo defeated Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 10-2 in a Mississippi 8 matchup. Katie Larson and Kylie Guimont scored for the Jackets, and Meghan Thomas made 30 saves.
Friday night at the Isanti Arena saw Katie Carlson score for an early 1-0 Bluejacket lead, but Grand Rapids stacked up goals after that for a 7-1 non-conference win. Paige Anfinson was in the CIMPC nets and made 35 saves.
The Bluejackets head to the New Prague Invite this holiday weekend, playing Achiever Academy in Friday night’s tourney opener.
TUESDAY, NOV. 26 SCORES
Cambridge Christian Boys Basketball 78, Ogilvie 54
White Bear Lake 68, Cambridge-Isanti Boys Basketball 64
Barnum 71, Braham Boys Basketball 48
Duluth East 3, Cambridge-Isanti Boys Hockey 2 OT
River Lakes 4, CIMPC Girls Hockey 2