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Wayzata rallies to eke out victory at East Ridge

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 02/02/22, 5:00PM CST


The Trojans trailed at halftime but took the lead in the second and had to hold off a late run from the Raptors.

Wayzata's Hayden Tibbits had a team-high 16 points against East Ridge Wednesday night. The Trojans defeated the Raptors 59-51 in Woodbury. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

As the defending Class 4A state champion, Wayzata knew it was going to receive every opponent’s best shot this season.

The Trojans have not hid from the challenge, scheduling a slew of state-ranked foes to prepare for the title defense come March.

Another chance to pad the resume came Wednesday when they hit the road east to East Ridge for a matchup of No. 4 at No. 3, per the Feb. 2 Minnesota Basketball News Class 4A rankings.

The problem?

Wayzata (13-4) was without one of the top players in the state, senior 6-foot-9 forward Carter Bjerke. The St. Thomas commit who averages nearly 20 minutes per game was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Wayzata's Spencer Hall scored nine of his 14 points in the second half against East Ridge. The Trojans rallied, on the road, for a 59-51 victory over the Raptors. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Shorthanded Wayzata went on the road to gut out a signature win.

Wayzata erased a four-point halftime deficit to win 59-55 Wednesday at East Ridge, despite the absence of future University of St. Thomas forward Carter Bjerke, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

The Trojans, which are No. 4 in the Feb. 2 Minnesota Basketball News Class 4A rankings, were paced by 16 points by junior guard Hayden Tibbits, who was crucial at the free throw line down the stretch.

Junior forward Spencer Hall added 14 points for Wayzata.

The No. 3-4A Raptors were led by 17 points from senior forward Kendall Blue, who will be joining Bjerke at St. Thomas next season.

East Ridge led by as much as nine in the first half and never trailed by more than five.

East Ridge's Charlie Bern looks for room under the basket during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Wayzata. The Raptors fell to the Trojans 59-51. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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