By: Osirus Washington
It was raining 3s Friday night in Willmar as the Central Lakes College men’s basketball team took on Ridgewater.
Both teams had a combined 26-62 from 3, and both shot over 40% from 3. Central Lakes came out firing on all cylinders in what was a tightly contested first half. One problem: The Raiders couldn’t get stops and it turned into a basket trading shootout. That turned into a big problem for the Raiders for the rest of the night once their shots stopped falling.
CLC’s Timothy Boyd provided a spark for the Raiders off the bench. He knocked down two 3-pointers almost instantly after checking in the first half. He went on to finish the game with 17 points. When asked about the team’s defensive effort against Ridgewater, Boyd said, “We were just a step behind and we didn’t execute how we should have. We’ll definitely bounce back.”
However, the Raiders could not bounce back in the second half. After going into the second half down 41-45, CLC allowed Ridgewater to take off. There was no answer for Ridgewater’s All-American Akeem Oglesby. He went off for 26 points and broke out into multiple scoring outbursts on the night. He wasn’t the only player out there making plays, but they ran the offense through him and let everything else fall into place.
The Raiders will go into Worthington to face Minnesota West in a MCAC North vs MCAC South matchup. Look for them to bounce back.