Burnsville at Eastview thoughts

The basketblogger did a nice recap of the game we saw, you can read that here. Some extra thoughts from my perspective. The 2nd half and OT in this game were a blast. After the 9-2 Eastview run to tie it at 45, I don't think either team led by more than 4 the rest of regulation. Eastview got 5 pts from Drew Johnson in a 10-2 run to take the lead 65-61 at 2:20 left before Tarell Clark's 5 in a row. Eastview misses 3 of 4 from the line in the last minute though to help.

Tarell Clark is a beast. 33 pts for him and Burnsville did a nice job of spreading the floor and letting him go 1 on 1 on the perimeter or posting him up, usually on the right block. Eastview tried a couple of post double-teams and he still split them for buckets. Across the end of regulation and the start of overtime, Clark had 9 straight points including the chance to win it at the buzzer in regulation and a missed front end of a 1 and 1 in overtime. He's put the Blaze on his back in their 2 wins this week without Max Van Ordstrand and not just with his 37 points. He's also a beast on the glass.

Eastview is a scary team because they have so much balance, Carlos Emory or Michael Grinnell can beat you inside, Johnie Sanders can beat you slashing to the basket and they have a gang of 3 point shooters led by sharpshooters Spencer Pratt and Drew Johnson. And that list doesn't include leading scorer Ethan Thomforde.

This Burnsville win muddies the waters in section 3AAAA and really gives Burnsville a shot at the #1 seed in the section if they can win the rematch with Eastview on their home court. Of course, in the tough Lake Conference anything can happen.

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