Basketball: Elk boys falter in 2nd half, lose to Anoka 70-59

A strong first half and a weak second half added up to a loss for Elk River against Anoka, 70-59, on Tuesday evening in Anoka.

The Elks led 35-22 at halftime, but got outscored 48-24 in the final 18 minutes.

“We played a real good first half,” said coach Randy Klasen. “In the second half. we had too many turnovers and they pounded us on the boards — the same story with many of our games. We need to do a better job of rebounding and taking care of the basketball.”

Eric Jordan scored 23 points and Spencer Grow 21 for Anoka, now 3-2 in conference and 5-2 overall.

Ben Erickson netted 18 points, Ryan Ness 12 and  Will Iverson 10 for the Elks,  now 1-3 in conference and 4-6 overall.

The Elks will host Blaine on Friday evening.

Elk scoring — Tucker  Morrell 6, Ryan Ness 12, Ben Erickson 18, Will Iverson 10, Landon Werner 2, Porter Morrell 5, Clay Elrod 6

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