Heritage continues to roll

Prologue
To Bethany Academy, on the short list of favorite gyms, to see the Eagles take on MCAA heavyweight Heritage.  Bethany enrollment has fallen on hard times so no JV team and 5 of the main 7 guys are underclassmen.  But could they catch Heritage on the night before their big section game vs Minneapolis North?

Song of the Day:  Was Not Was - Walk the Dinosaur

Number of Teams I've Seen: 116 (39 courts).  14 out of state, 9 girls

Beverage Ticker: 667.6 ounces (7265 Calories)
59 days, 80 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 124 ounces (1480 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 28.9 ounces (410 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 181.8 ounces (1285 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 9
Pizza Ticker: 7
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:
Bethany star Sam Peterson with 2 early triples as he passes the 1000 career points mark.  Bethany adds another bomb for a 9-6 lead.  Then the turnovers start coming for Bethany.  Woda converts one for 2 free throws.  James Vander Top converts another and adds a foul line jumper vs the Eagles 2-3 zone.  10-2 run for Heritage.  Peterson with a 3 and a hoop plus another Bethany 3, their 5th of the night.  19 all at the 8:30 mark.  Then its all Heritage.  No more field goals for Bethany in the half.  Heritage runs away from there with a 24-3 run to end the half.  Seth Halvorsen with 2 early inside hoops in the run and a steal for a dunk.  43-22 Heritage at the break.  They continue to blow it open in the 2nd half.  Vander Top and Woda doing whatever they want in the lane.  The lead blows up to 69-32 as we reach the running time mark.  Garbage time from there and Heritage wins 79-41.


Post Game
Bethany opened the year 6-1 but the meat of the MCAA schedule has gotten to them with 3 straight losses.  Bethany is now 6-4, 1-3 in the MCAA.  They host Legacy and SW Christian next week.  Sam Peterson with 4 triples on his way to 19 points and passing the 1000 career points mark.  Too many turnovers to be successful in a game like this but they shoot it better than expected.  Peterson is definitely a guy you have to game plan for.

Heritage improves to 11-1 overall, 5-0 to lead the MCAA.  The big 3 take care of business.  CJ Woda with 23 points on a double double night. Zach Johansen continues to impress with 22 points.  Jack Vander Top chips in with 13.  Nice night for Seth Johansen off the bench withi 10 points.  Surprised to see them play as much 1-3-1 as they did.  Not so much in the half court but just as a trap.  Depth and athleticism are definitely issues for this squad but their only loss is an overtime loss at Perham.  Minneapolis North comes calling tomorrow.  Then 2 league road games before the big lead game in 12 days vs New Life Academy.

More adventures in the TCAC

Prologue
Its another night in the TCAC.  Thanks to the quiet metro schedule, I make the trip to the trail filled Opus 2 neighborhood and The School of Rhetoric at Eagle Ridge Academy.  Eagle Ridge Academy is the co-op school with former EMAC powerhouse International School of Minnesota.  Eagle Ridge hosting in their nice new looking gym rather than playing on the rubber floor at ISM.  Its a division game vs Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf.  So a new building and a new experience watching MSAD.  Nice looking concession stand but light fare.  Popcorn was present but not my kind of thing.  Red Gatorade keeps the ticker moving.  The JV game was cancelled so the refs worked an intrasquad ISM JV scrimmage.  The game was moved cross-court because of a leak on 1 side of the main floor.  In a huge moment of irony, a leak springs over the 2nd court and the JV game is called.  Pull the bleachers back out and we're back to the main court setup which magically is OK now.

Song of the Day:  Paul Simon - Slip Slidin Away

Number of Teams I've Seen: 114 (38 courts).  14 out of state, 9 girls

Beverage Ticker: 667.6 ounces (7265 Calories)
58 days, 79 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 124 ounces (1480 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 28.9 ounces (410 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 181.8 ounces (1285 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 9
Pizza Ticker: 7
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

MSAD can't generate any offense early.  A couple of Preston Dahlen buckets put ISM up 6-1 at the 13:30 mark.  MSAD with a timeout during that stretch and I don't know sign language but I can safely say it was not a happy timeout.  Then 6 in a row from MSAD as PG Dawson Moder converts a pair of turnovers into easy hoops and another turnover is another layup.  Micah Hjelle for 3, a technical free throw and a hoop to put ISM up 18-11.  Preston Dahlen converting another MSAD turnover.  Moder 2 more hoops and Hjelle with another in the half.  24-18 ISM at the break.

Preston Dahlen 2 free throws, a bucket and an ISM steal for 2.  33-22 Huskies (or Gryphons if you go with the in-house mascot) with 12:55 to play.  But their offense is sputtering.  Javis Johnson with a putback and runs for a layup.  Juan Salgado converts 2 turnovers into hoops.  ISM Coach Shun Tillman gets a soft technical during the run and doesn't use a timeout either.  The MSAD spurt is 14-0 and they lead 36-33 with 8:30 to go.  Preston Dahlen with a steal for 2 as ISM gets the lead right back.  Salgado 2 more buckets and its Moder going the distance with 3:40 left.  46-43 MSAD leads.  They're doing all this with all-EMAC player Kyrell Cummings on the bench.  Hjelle comes right back with a bomb to tie it.  Then a set play leads to Preston Dahlen in the post and he runs for a layup to put ISM back in the lead.  The rest is free throws as ISM goes on a 12-0 run to end the game.  ISM/ERA wins 55-46.
 
Post Game
Dawson Moder leads MSAD with 15 points.  Juan Salgado with 12.  Kyrell Cummings 8 points but only 1 field goal.  Very interesting to watch the sign language communication from their bench.  For those of us used to seeing 2 coaches stalk the sideline all night, this game was a rarity.   Shun Tillman sat and said almost nothing (except for the T) all night.  Coach Lee Jones all over the place but everything is silent sign language.  Not to mention mostly silent fans for 1 side.  MSAD with the tough back to back at Hope tomorrow.

Preston Dahlen with 22 points as the best player on the floor in this one.  Micah Hjelle chips in with 17.  Both players return next year as a couple nice pieces to build around.  This win was much tougher than the 65-21 over the Trojans back in December.  ISM goes to St. Paul Prep/HSRA on Friday.  Then another brutal trip to Prairie Seeds Academy on Tuesday.

Birds of a feather flock together

Prologue
I continue to check off teams that I haven't seen yet with a trip to see Chaska at St. Louis Park.  Its a Minnesota Fury reunion night with multiple players from each team being members of the Fury over the summer.  Pregame McDonalds was a huge disappointment.  A can of A&W Root Beer at the game makes up for it though.  Squealing kids everywhere with it being 3rd and 5th grade travel night.  Alex Conover in the house from Prep Hoops so we can do another Czarcast after the game.  But he steps up his game by correctly naming this tune during a timeout.

Song of the Day:  Rush - Spirit of Radio

Tickers will be updated and included in a future post.

Game Time:
Its a depleted St. Louis Park lineup with no Mykal Howard (wrist), Aidan Doherty or Erik Anderson.  So only 6 of their regular rotation available.  Myles Hanson very active on the glass.  His putback for a 3 point play puts Chaska up 6 at the 7:36 mark.  Cire Mayfield and Joey Whitlock with hoops and St. Louis Park is within 5 at the 3:15 mark.   Chaska scores 11 of the last 14 of the half thanks to a Hanson post hoop and putback,  Andrew Kallman with a triple in that run as well.  34-21 Chaska at the break.

Chaska expands that lead after the 1st hoop of the half by St. Louis Park.  Kallman layup and a 3 around a Hanson spin for 2..  41-24 Chaska with 14 minutes left.  St. Louis Park would rally with 6 in a row to cut the margin to 11.  Mayfield and Jack Lynch scoring in that spurt.  Chaska can't score but the Orioles miss 2 free throws and 3 more chances to cut it to single digits.  Chaska finally gets back to back buckets and the lead is back to 15 just past the midpoint of the 2nd half.

Kallman with a short jumper and converts a turnover.  Then Hanson chases down the break on a turnover and swats it away (possible goaltend).  Soph Cole Nicholson scores it on the other end and the lead is 54-38 with just over 6 minutes left.  Big swing there.  Lynch runs the floor for a 3 point play and a layup and we're back to the magic 11 point mark.  After a Kallman 3, Chaska takes 1 bad shot and then a turnover.  Mayfield and Whitlock turn those into triples.  Richard Green with a hoop and the run is 13-4.  Chaska lead down to 58-51 with 2:35 left.  Chaska closes it out from there with a Hanson hoop and a nice backcut for a dunk.  Chaska wins 71-57.
 
Post Game
Cire Mayfield with an outstanding game for St. Louis Park.  19 points, a bunch of rebounds and generating offense off the bounce for some assists.  He also knocked down 3 bombs.  He has enough bounce that he plays much bigger than his listed 5'10" height.  Joey Whitlock with 11 after some early struggles. Richard Green with 10.  St. Louis Park falls to 5-7 overall, 0-1 in the Metro West.  The Orioles are at Richfield on Friday.

Chaska improves to 8-4 overall, 2-0 in the Metro West.  All 4 of those losses to teams that have been ranked in class AAAA.  Myles Hanson leads the way with 21 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks on the Czar's officially unofficial stat sheet.  He struggled with his outside shooting but still was 7-14 from the floor.  Andrew Kallman with 12 of his 17 points in the 2nd half.  He knocked down 3 triples.  Soph Cole Nicholson with 12 points including 6 free throws.  Chaska wins the free throw battle by going 19-29 from the charity stripe vs 7-14 for St. Louis Park.  For a team that runs lots of dribble drive that won't make St. Louis Park happy.  Chaska has a big league game at home against Bloomington Jefferson on Friday before trips to Benilde-St. Margaret's and archrival Chanhassen next week.

Thoughts from 2017 MLK Classic Night Games

To Minneapolis Henry for the annual MLK Classic.  Big afternoon for Jericho Sims vs Blake but I make my appearance just in time for the late 2 games.

Game 4: #1AA Minnehaha vs Waconia
Jalen Suggs banks in a 3 in the 1st 4 seconds of the game which was an omen.  Neither team gets an edge in the half.  Minnehaha playing too much 1 on 1, Waconia jacking a bunch of rushed 3s.  Nobody gains a 1st half edge as Minnehaha leads 29-27 at the break.  Suggs gets it going in the 2nd half and pulls away.  He scores 20 in the 2nd half, 15 in the game opening 19-5 2nd half run.  Waconia gets in a slight run at the end but it matter.  Minnehaha wins 71-57.  Jalen Suggs leads all scorers with 34 points, 20 in the 2nd half.  Nick Fulford leads Waconia with 16 points.


Game 5: #10AAAA Edina vs #4AAA Orono
Orono's shooting heats up in the 1st half as they go on a 10-2 run to lead 27-19 inside the 7 minute mark of the half.  Edina counters with 7 in a row before another Orono run, this one 11-2.  Colton Codute gets the drift corner 3 with 2 more bombs from fellow shooter Thomas Lecy.  That helps Orono to a 38-28 lead.  A pair of Walt McGrory hoops help Edina cut the margin to 42-36 at the half.  Max Bjorklund continuing his strong play with a free throw and a jumper off a counter to a post up play run for Jarvis Thomas earlier.    But the Hornets swarm and the sting is on.  Anders Nelson 2 hoops before Thomas picks up his 4th foul with 12:31 left. Walt McGrory for 2 and then Nelson and McGrory for 3.  Jack Middleton with a 3 to finish a 14-3 run and its Edina back on top 59-57 with 8:25 to play.

Walt McGrory for 3 and then Jack Middleton tips in a miss off a turnover. Edina in the lead 69-66 with 3:14 left as Orono takes time.  But Nelson buries a clutch 3 and McGrory with a tough deuce.  That puts Edina up 8 and they'll make their free throws.  Edina wins a fun one 80-71.  Walt McGrory 22 points, Anders Nelson 18 for the winners. Max Bjorklund with 18 for Orono, Thomas Lecy 4 3s for 12, Colton Codute 11.

Play of the Day
Orono started the game with a 1-4 dribble entry to the wing looking for the wing to cut low and zipper off Thomas to the top.  Instead of throwing to the top, Thomas ducks in on it for a post touch.  That was worth a couple of buckets early.  Then to start the 2nd half it was Bjorklund as the wing making the cut.  But instead of the zipper cut, Bjorklund pops back to the short corner for a wide open jumper with the defender cheating over the top of the post for the zipper movement.  Something I've also seen BYU do and that you could do as a counter for a baseline runner.

2017 Super 60 Showcase Thoughts

A sad day as I didn't make it back to The Old Kingdom for the Midwest Players Classic.  But the local schedule kept me busy with a full day of 2 courts at Hopkins for the Super 60 Showcase.  Pizza and a hot dog on the menu with a couple of bottles of Coke for refreshment.  Many officials getting in double (or triple) duty on the day.  Here are some of the sights and sounds.

Game 1: St. Paul Central vs Rosemount
Rosemount would have early foul trouble with PG Myka Edmond getting 2 in the 1st 2 minutes.  Then both Loehr towers would get their 2nd early in the half.  But Central couldn't take advantage of that and Rosemount will still take a 1 point lead to the break.  A big 2nd half of 20 points from Luke Siwek would help the Irish pull away.  An 18-2 run midway through the 2nd half breaks the game open.  Rosemount wins 70-56.  Luke Siwek with 20 of his 21 in the 2nd half.  Alec Loehr leads all scorers with 25 points including 15 free throws.  Soph Daveonte Davis leads Central with 24 points.

Game 2: Southwest Christian vs #5A Cass Lake-Bena
Cass Lake-Bena with 3 early 3s in a 9-1 run to jump out in front.  The SW Christian matchup zone befuddling the Panthers offense.  Spencer Weiss would lead an 11-2 Stars run in the 2nd half to open up a 9 point lead.  Cass Lake-Bena would cut that to 3 but get no closer.  SW Christian wins 71-64.  Spencer Weiss with a career high 22 points, 14 of those in the 2nd half.  Next up for the Stars is a big MCAA clash at Heritage on Tuesday. 

Game 3: #2A Red Lake vs #7A Hillcrest Lutheran
A possible state preview between teams from sections 6 and 8.  Red Lake with lots of size and length.  They were able to use that size to rebound and then throw long outlets for buckets.  Jamie Cook and Rob McClain make enough plays in the halfcourt.  Not quite enough  Red Lake wins 72-61.  4 Warriors in double figures with Jamie Cook leading with 18.  Hillcrest gets 20 from Tommy Thompson and 17 from Kyler Newman.  Thompson with some big 3s in the 2nd half to keep the Comets close.

Interlude: Now its time to switch over to the main court for the rest of the day. We pick it up with the overtime period between Waconia and Columbia Heights.  Waconia getting a Nick Fulford putback at the buzzer to force overtime after Heights had a double figure lead.  Wendell Matthews steps up to the line with 4.1 left in the OT and makes both trailing by 1.  Then some clock issues at the end of OT before Waconia gets a last chance.  That's no good and Columbia Heights hangs on to win 76-75 in OT.

Game 4: Grand Rapids vs Brooklyn Center
Slow start for Brooklyn Center as they can't buy a shot.  But Grand Rapids can't generate much offense either and they lead 12-9 at the 9:40 mark.  Brooklyn Center controls the rest of the half as they go on a 21-8 run before the Thunderbirds score the final bucket of the half.  30-20 Centaurs at the break.  Guard Jake Skelly would keep the Thunderbirds close and then center Brock Schrom would take over inside.  Nate Seelye is the only other Grand Rapids player to provide offense but its all enough.  Skelly finds a loose ball and scores with 35 seconds left to take the lead.  Then he hits 4-4 FTs to seal it.  Grand Rapids comes back to win 69-64.  Skelly and Schrom both go for over 20.  Lu'Cye Patterson with some nice distribution from the point spot for Brooklyn Center as the Centaurs get 4 starters in double figures.

Game 5: Minnetonka vs Buffalo
Buffalo would slow the pace with a 2-1-2 dribble drive motion look in the 1st half.  That was successful along with slipping screens on BLOBs.  The Tonka offense couldn't generate anything until late in the half.  Buffalo up 32-26 at the break.  But Buffalo's offense disappears in the 2nd half.  They score 2 FGs in the 1st 15 minutes of the half.  Tonka would start the half on a 16-2 run, some 3/4 1-2-2 pressure contributing to that.  Then offensive putbacks keep the lead intact.  Minnetonka wins 57-46.  Quiet day for Bert Hedstrom but Minnetonka still has him and 3 other starters in double figures. 

Game 6: #2AAAA Maple Grove at #2AAAA Hopkins
A high paced first half.  Joe Hedstrom inside playing as well as I've seen him play in high school.  Blaise Beauchamp and Anthony Davis attacking for points for Hopkins as well.  Tywhon Pickford being himself for Maple Grove.  Ish El-Amin with a drive off a high ball screen for a dunk.  58-54 Hopkins with 11 minutes left.  But then the story of this game takes over.  Its all Brad Davison.  He drives into Hedstrom for a FT (Hedstrom leaves with a bloody lip).  Then an assist to Jack Hutchinson for a layup and Davison converts a turnover.  Quick Hopkins timeout.  Then its Davison with the 3 point play, another hoop and the no conscience pullup 3 in transition.  Add 2 more free throws (Hedstrom returns after Hopkins is outscored 15-5 since he left) and then a triple.  72-63 Maple Grove with just over 6 minutes left.  Davison scores the last 15 and 16 total in the 18-5 run with an assist on the other hoop.  Maple Grove goes on to win 81-70.  Brad Davison with another Mr Basketball level performance of 41 points, 12 rebounds and a handful of assists.  Tywhon Pickford adds 22.  Hopkins gets 4 in double figures including a 16 point likely double double from Joe Hedstrom.  Rough stretch here for Hopkins being blown out by Wayzata and losing this one.  No Zeke Nnaji due to injury.  But their shot selection is tough on offense and defensively they aren't able to get stops.  Not a good combination.

Too much Hope for the Falcons

Prologue
Its another Friday night in the city as I travel to south Minneapolis for the TCAC top division game between Hope Academy and St. Paul Prep/High School for Recording Arts.  Knowing the concessions are light, I tried to counter that with lunch.  Bad choice.  But I did keep the beverage ticker happy with a can of Pepsi.  Thought there would be a bigger crowd for this one in the cozy atmosphere.  The 3 official crew gets both the JV and the varsity game.

Song of the Day:  Kaleb Mitchell - Get it

Number of Teams I've Seen: 101 (35 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 598.7 ounces (6495 Calories)
53 days, 68 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

As expect the pace in this one is quick.  The stars performing early too.  Aaron Gill dunks an offensive rebound, takes a defensive rebound coast to coast and dunks for a 3 point play.  Johnny Erickson for Hope with 8 points to counter that.  19-18 Hope at 12:40.  Then 12 of the next 15 to Hope with 3 more Erickson hoops.  31-21 Hope inside the 7 minute mark.  Fouls starting to mount for SPP/HSRA and they only have 7 guys.  The Falcons counter with 10 pf the last 15 of the half in the final 4 minutes.  45-39 Hope leads that the half.  Aaron Gill with a ridiculous 19 rebounds in the half on my sheet.

Its an ugly start to the 2nd half with both teams giving up 5 times on early possessions.  It feels like SPP/HSRA is down big but they are hanging around.  Erickson with a putback and 2 on a BLOB.  Gill counters with a putback and the Hope lead is only 3 with 13 minutes left.  SPP/HSRA then has 2 guys foul out and they're down to 5 guys left for the final 12 minutes.  They have others in foul trouble too so it appears they may end up short-handed.  Hope goes on a 12-2 run with a pair of hoops from Derince Melton in good minutes.  65-52 Hope pulling away with 10:15 left.  Then its Johnny Erickson coast to coast, Melton with a layup and Joey Erickson running out for a layup.  77-61 Hope with 6:16 left and SPP/HSRA's gas tank is running on fumes.  Nate Elifson with 2 bombs and the lead stretches to 19 inside of 4 minutes left.  Hope goes on to win 95-78
 
Post Game
Aaron Gill with a huge night for St. Paul Prep/HSRA as he goes for 27 points and 27 rebounds on my sheet.  Jacob Rembert adds 21 inside.  Malcolm Golden with 17.  Best offense was throw it up and let Gill go get it.  Turnovers a huge problem for the Falcons as they coughed it up 28 times by my count.  St. Paul Prep falls to 3-3, 0-3 in the top TCAC division.  They host Fond Du Lac Ojibwe, Liberty Classical and International School next week.

Hope improves to 9-2 overall, 3-1 in the top division of the TCAC.  Johnny Erickson 32 points and 11 rebounds and a bunch of assists to lead the Lions (possible triple double).  Nate Elifson with 22, Joey Erickson with 20.  They did a nice job moving the ball once SPP/HSRA had to go zone in the 2nd half due to the fouls.  Johnny Erickson very aggressive in the early going attacking the paint and setting the pace.  Nice activity from Joey Erickson as well.  They are at Canby tomorrow.  Then a big home game with Prairie Seeds Academy on Tuesday. 

Raiders win an overtime thriller

Prologue
After an off day and another day of the real world rearing its ugly head, I'm back in the gym for an old football rivalry.  Its Eden Prairie vs Cretin-Derham Hall at the CDH football, University of St. Thomas.  That's Steve Fritz Court at Schoenecker Arena at The University of St. Thomas.  Got all that?  Good.  Its varsity only so no concessions on this frigid evening.

Song of the Day:  Billy Joel - Its Still Rock and Roll to Me

Number of Teams I've Seen: 100 (34 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 586.7 ounces (6345 Calories)
52 days, 67 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

We're even early on with Daniel Oturu working inside for CDH and Owen Chose and Kyler Kluge hitting 3s for Eden Prairie.  10 all at the 12:45 mark.  The its Ryan Larson with a triple and jumper off the pick and roll as CDH goes on a 9-0 run.  19-10 Raiders just inside the 10 minute mark.  Eden Prairie's 1st FG was a 2, but its all triples at this point.  Chose and Drake Dobbs for 3.  Chose sits with his 2nd foul and the CDH lead is 25-16 at the 8:18 mark.  Then Kluge with another 3, CDH goes 1-3-1 and its Kluge again from deep.  2 3s on 2 possessions of 1-3-1 defense.  Chose is back in and hits 2 more bombs.  29 all at the 9:20 mark.  Dobbs ends the run at 12-2 with a hoop to put EP on top 31-29.  Larson drives and scores and adds 2 free throws on a steal as CDH goes 6-0 to end the half.  35-29 CDH at the break.  Eden Prairie with their first and last field goals from 2 and the 8 inbetween from 3.

Oturu dunks and Jake Prince scores inside.  Kluge counters that with 2 more 3s.  42-41 CDH with 14:48 left.  Oturu on the high low feed and its 47-41 CDH with 12:45 left.  Eden Prairie responds with Antonio Montero going for 3 and a bucket and a 3 point play from frosh Connor Christensen.  Its a 14-2 Eagles run and they lead 55-49 with 7:23 left.  After we wait until the 7:55 mark of the half for the 1st foul, we then get a foul fest.  Oturu with a putback and a free throw to cut the lead in half.  But Chose responds with an inbound jumper and a triple off side pick and roll.  62-55 EP with 3:10 left.

CDH scores and EP turns it over on the next 2 possessions.  Larson drives for a 3 point play on the 1st and its his steal for a hoop on the 2nd.  62 all with 2 minutes left.  Eden Prairie holds and takes timeout with 45.4 left.  Out of the timeout, its a set play elbow handoff for Chose and Oturu switches out to stop it cold.  After another EP timeout, its the same play but Oturu denies the initial entry.  Chose ends up with it and is fouled on a 3 with 5.9 left.  Wow.  He makes all 3.  Eden Prairie fouls on the inbounds.  Larson makes the 1st and CDH takes timeout to set up a free throw miss.  After some tomfoolery in getting all set on the lane, Larson perfectly misses it off the right side and Jake Prince comes from outside the 3 point line on that side to grab it and put it back.   Great draw up with Oturu drawing all the attention on that side and executed to perfection.  65 all to OT.

In the OT, its Oturu scoring twice inside around a Chose 3.  Larson takes a turnover and scores with 1:50 left to push the CDH lead to 4.  After an Eden Prairie miss, its soph Jaeden King with the dagger 3 with under 90 seconds left.   The rest is free throws.  Cretin-Derham Hall goes on to win 82-74.
 
Post Game
Owen Chose leads Eden Prairie with 30 points and 6 triples.  He came up with clutch points all night.  Kyler Kluge with 17 points with 5 more triples punishing the defense when it backed off.  The Eagles make 13 3s on the night but its not enough.  Eden Prairie falls to 7-5 overall, 0-1 in the Lake conference.  The schedule remains brutal as they host Minnetonka tomorrow and then New Prague on Tuesday before road trips to Hopkins and Edina.

Daniel Oturu with a huge night of 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead Cretin-Derham Hall.  He was way to much to handle inside.  He also made plays attacking the rim from the foul line.  Ryan Larson adds 24 from the point guard spot.  He came up with some big steals late.  Down 7 with 3 minutes left and they looked done.  The lapse on zone defense, the crazy foul at the end and the King 3 to seal it on OT are the moments of bad decision making that make a coach cringe.  Cretin-Derham Hall improves to 7-4 overall, 4-0 in the Suburban East.  They are at White Bear Lake tomorrow before a week off to prepare for the league leader showdown with Woodbury next Friday.