For a long while Friday, Champlin Park couldn’t seem to do anything right.
But facing a big deficit at Blaine, the Rebels stayed tough and found a way to stay in the game long enough for their woes to work themselves out. The result was a clutch Northwest Suburban Conference win to close out a stretch of back-to-back road games against tough teams
The leader of the Northwest Suburban Conference North division held onto its first-place standing Friday, as Champlin Park earned a 62-54 road win over Blaine.
Playing the second night in a back-to-back, the Rebels (10-4, 6-0) needed to come back from an early deficit to get the win. The Bengals (9-4, 4-2) couldn’t hold onto what became a nine-point lead in the second half.
Down 39-30 at one point in the second, the Rebels rallied and an Alex John putback with 3:57 on the clock put Champlin Park ahead 50-49 — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. John finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Champlin Park scored the first six points of the game, but Blaine went on a 13-0 run after and led the rest of the half. The Bengals led 26-25 at the break.
The Rebels’ Bennett Otto led all scorers with 21 points and Jacob Johnson scored nine. Eight Champlin Park players put points on the stat sheet.
Lucas Larson’s 18 points on six 3-pointers, led Blaine, while Tony Strand added 14 and six rebounds and Jason Kaul had 11 points and four rebounds.
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