ANOKA -- The Central Lakes College men's basketball team picked up where it left off last season as it used a suffocating defense and solid team play to down the Anoka-Ramsey Rams 72-53 Friday in its opener.
The Raiders' trademark defense held the Rams to 19-for-60 shooting (32 percent) and forced A-R to settle for outside shots.
"It was a great team effort," Raiders coach Jim Russell said. "Anoka was a very athletic team. We took some charges and made them rely on the outside shot. We helped each other on defense and set the tempo early."
Four CLC players scored in double figures, a formula that helped CLC to the Region 13 playoffs last season.
Raiders sophomore forward Leonard Langdon led the charge with 16 points followed by fellow sophomore Louis Roseman's 14 points. Chris Beckley added 12 and Adam Angell had 10.
CENTRAL LAKES (72)
Walter Power 4, Eli McVey 9, Frank Johnson 5, Adam Angell 10, Chris Beckley 12, Louis Roseman 14, Jahiah Porter 2, Leonard Langdon 16. Team totals: FG 31-69 (percent), FT 6-9 (67 percent). 3-point baskets: 4-21 (McVey, Angell 2, Roseman). Overall -- CLC 1-0. Next game: CLC at Riverland 4 p.m. Friday.
Ikenna Ezirike 13, Rico Euian 6, Romaro Arnold 7, Seaborn Yancy 6, Willy Wright 17, Mark Mattson 2, Derek Riley 2. Team totals: FG 19-60 (32 percent), FT 13-19 (68 percent). 3-point baskets: 2-12 (Wright 2).
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