Basketball: Armstrong drubs Elk boys 80-44

Elk River is having a solid boys basketball season overall but three conference rivals are humbling the Elks.

One of them is Robbinsdale Armstrong. The Falcons waltzed to an 80-44 win on Tuesday evening at ERHS.

The Elks have also lost to Champlin Park 95-39 and 83-46, and to Osseo 78-50, but they’re 9-7 in conference and 15-7 overall.
Armstrong is a modest-sized team but fast, deep and skilled— and young, too, with only two seniors.

Junior guard Tre Tate hit 15 points, nailing five of Armstrong’s ten 3-pointers. Junior guard Jerome Dixon added 12 points and sophomore guard Melvin Newbern nine for the Falcons, who led 73-36 when both teams started clearing benches.

Newbern is the son of the former Gopher star of the same name. Another Gopher great, running back Darrell Thompson, was in attendance to watch two sons, an eighth-grader and sophomore, play for the Falcons.

Clay Elrod tallied 15 points and Zeke Delain 11 for the Elks, whose lone good stat was 16-for-19 free throw shooting.

In the NWSC, Champlin Park is 14-1, Armstrong 13-3, and Osseo 13-4.  The QRF rankings have Champlin Park third, Osseo seventh, and Armstrong eighth.

The Elks will play at Maple Grove on Friday.

Elk scoring — Matt Keller 2, Zach Ernst 2, Austin O’Leary 3, Zeke Delain 11, Clay Elrod 15, Trent Pink 2, Mitchell Weege 2, Mitchell Wosmek 2, Brad Edwards 3