Week 16 Tuesday Night Scoreboard Club

Its the opening round of the playoffs edition of the club this week. We'll also take a look at how I did on my predictions.

AAAA
Section 2: #6 Edina handles #3 Prior Lake by 18 which is more than I expected. Kennedy suprisingly gets 43 2nd half pts on Jefferson to win handly in the 4 v 5 game. Eden Prairie and Shakopee roll. The Czar goes 3-1 getting Kennedy wrong. Shakopee should get a handful from Edina in the early game in Chaska on Friday.

Section 3: #1 Burnsville trailed at the half against #8 Lakeville S but they get a big 2nd half from soph Devon Knopke to win. Apple Valley builds a big halftime lead to hold on vs Eagan in a surprise. Park gives Eastview a tough game and Lakeville N gets blown out by Rosemount which matches an earlier season blowout at Lakeville N. The Czar goes 3-1 getting Apple Valley wrong. Semis are Friday at St. Olaf.

Section 4: The top 2 seed roll and Marc Sonnen has 29 to lead Tartan to a surprisingly easy win over Central. But #6 Woodbury gets a layup from Nick Quicksell in the last 10 seconds to get the win at #3 Stillwater. The Royals lost the 2 regular season games by a total of 10 pts so this isn't much of a surprise. They lost by 4 and 3 to CDH during the regular season so expect them to play tough. The Czar goes 3-1 getting the Stillwater game wrong. I'll be at these games on Friday night at Concordia-St. Paul and they both should be tight.

Section 5: The Czar goes 4-0 here as there were no surprises. Dan Brown with 22 and 10 in a big Osseo win. Emeka Okafor gets 10 and 19 in the Champlin Park win over Irondale. Semis Friday at Rogers with Osseo moving on with or without Carrington Tankson. Mounds View vs Cooper is a very interesting 2 v 3 game.

Section 6: Nothing but blowouts as Armstrong blows out North. St. Louis Park with only 10 second half points in their 25 pt loss to Wayzata. The Czar goes 4-0 and I expect 2 more blowouts at Cooper on Friday.

Section 7: Anoka costs me a pick as they go 1-12 from the FT line in the 2nd half and give up a layup with 8 seconds left in OT to lose 81-80 at Cambridge-Isanti. As expected Forest Lake rolls and Blaine wins. Only 2-2 for the Czar here as Coon Rapids beats Andover.

Class AAAA predictions turned out 19-5

AAA
Section 3: Fridley needs overtime to get a 2 pt win over neighbor Totino-Grace. Star soph John Crockett with 24 in the loss for the Eagles. And thanks to Charley Walters for retracting his story on Seantrel Henderson. He's now saying that Henderson is being told to stay at CDH. Henry rolls in the 2nd half vs Chisago Lakes. Mandela Jackson with 30 for the Patriots, but Josh Figini has 35 for Chisago Lakes. Spring Lake Park rolls. I jinxed myself as my game was only one I got wrong. The Czar goes 3-1. St. Anthony vs SLP on Friday night in Osseo will be interesting.

Section 4: Peter McKeown gets it done with 28 for Hill-Murray in their win over Arlington. Arlington missed a layup for the lead and 2 FTs to tie in the last 10 seconds. Wild finish there. Johnson (Frosh Estan Tyler with 20) and Como Park win big but 4-20 Highland Park pulls the major upset at Mahtomedi. That upset costs me the perfect mark. The Czar goes 3-1. Don't be surprised to see Johnson struggle or get beat by HM in the semis Friday at Arlington. Como Park rolls over HP in the other semi.

Section 6: The top 2 seeds roll to big wins, Armond Battle with 25 for BSM. DLS gets the low seed win at Orono and Washburn handles Waconia in the 4 v 5 game thanks to 19 pts from Cedric Martin. The Czar goes 3-1 as I didn't pick Washburn. Good semis tomorrow at Concordia-SP, DLS vs AHA in the late game will be interesting and Washburn has enough talent to upset BSM.

Class AAA predictions turned out 9-3

Section 4AA
In the East, the top 4 seeds roll. Roosevelt beats SCL by 13 despite 44 pts from Aaron Hulsebus and Chris Breuer. Xavier Jones with to lead 4 players in double figures for the Teddies. In the West, the 4 v 5 game was the only non monster blowout. Much to my surprise BC shows up and beats Jordan after losing to them at BC last week. DeAngelo Potter with 23 for the Centaurs. That game costs me the perfect slate. The Czar goes 7-1. This sets up a couple of fun 2 v 3 matchups tomorrow. Breck hosts Edison looking for revenge and my game tomorrow is the showdown with Minnehaha making the trip to Concordia in a battle of teams that are both good enough to win a section final vs just about anybody.

Section 4A
What's the old saying about it being hard to beat a team 3 times. West Lutheran spoils my clean bracket by getting it done with a 73-71 win at Heritage. No surprises around the rest of the bracket. The 2 vs 3 games here are both worth watching. PACT at SW Christian and St. Agnes at CHOF in repeats of earlier games. And the NLA at MTS game could be intersting as well. If NLA's Max Banchy lights it up and matches buckets with MTS star soph Kevin Noreen, that's a fun game. The Czar goes 7-1 for a grand total of 42-10 in round 1. We'll see how I do in the next round where the games are much tougher.

3 comments:

  1. I think that in 4A you have 2 choices, take the line,i.e, 1 to beat 4, 2 to beat 3; or flip a coin. Both methods are equally valid. I think it comes down to which team is most ready to play the other and how the ball bounces.

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  2. "The top 2 seed roll and Marc Sonnen has 29 to lead Central to a surprisingly easy win over Central. " --I believe you meant Tartan instead of Central. Central was my pick to win the section....so much for that!

    All eyes on Section 4A for me! This time MCA should not struggle with West Lutheran. They're in the confines of their own gym and they should be able to put away the Warriors with a double digit win.

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  3. Drat, hate it when that happens. I went back and fixed that.

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