Sunday action at the Twin Cities Summer Classic

Session 1: 43 Hoops Chatman vs Elite Sports Select. 43 Hoops was lethargic but I did like when they used their dribble motion. Marc Sonnen with 10 1st half points and then Damarius Cruz got hot in the 2nd half. Dylan Rodriguez also showed nice range on his shot. 43 Hoops wins 61-46. Cruz with 17 pts, Rodriguez with 12.

Team Missouri with a nice showing in the tournament as they beat MN Mustangs 68-42. Big Game Sports 16U came from 5 down with a minute to go to beat the Comets Blue 78-77. They got 2 FTs with 2.4 seconds to go to win it.

Session 2: MSB vs Big Game Sports in 17U pool play. Blake Johnson with 8 quick points to give BGS an early 13-4 lead. With under 6 to play in the 1st half its 25-12 BGS and MSB's play has been really sloppy. BGS extends the lead to 42-20 at the break as everything was going wrong for MSB. MSB makes a 2nd half run to pull within 16, but they get no closer. Final is a impressive 66-44 victory for Big Game Sports. Mike Muscala with 11 pts for MSB. Much to my disappointment, Sahr Ngekia got almost no playing time so all my opportunities for BONZI Wells references go away. OK, maybe I just like to say BONZI!

Session 3: 94 Ft of Game vs All Iowa Elite Back and forth 1st half with 94 Ft getting the last 5 pts of the half to lead 38-35 at the break. Kevin Thompson (MTS) very active inside on the glass and he has 14 pts at the break. 94 Ft extends the lead to 56-42 before 10 straight All Iowa Elite points cuts the deficit to 4 with 4:15 to play. But All Iowa Elite can't get over the top as 94 Ft of game hangs on for a 62-58 win. Steven Baker with 18 points, Kevin Thompson with 15 points but 2 of 10 FTs. Daniel Van Kalsbeek with 15 for All Iowa Elite.

Net Gain blew out the Comets Stars 69-44. In 16U play, the Comets Elite squad almost squandered a big lead vs 94 Ft of Game. They need 2 Taylor Filipek FTs with 1.1 seconds left to ice the 62-58 victory.

Session 4: 16U action, MSB vs HoopMasters. HoopMasters is a Mayer Lutheran based team. After leading 38-30 at the break, MSB gets all over the offensive glass in the 2nd half. They stretch the lead to 54-37 with 8 to play and win 67-46. Andrew Dale with a nice active game for MSB with 14 points.

Session 5: 16U action, 43 Hoops Harris vs MN Heat Black 16U. 43 Hoops gets out to a quick 16-4 lead in the 1st 6 mniutes. The Heat come back to only trail 26-23 at the half. With a 27-25 lead in the 2nd half, Tim Lubke trains back to back 3s to start a 13-0 run for 43 Hoops. But the Heat come back with the next 9 points and its 40-34 43 Hoops with 8:45 to play. But the Heat don't score for the next 7+ minutes and 43 Hoops gets the next 16 points. Add in a couple garbage time hoops and 43 Hoops wins 62-36. 43 Hoops with great balance from their squad in this game as 6 players had 7 or more points.

In 15U action, the MN Heat Elites played Wizard's Den Super Hoopers. A relatively slow start for the Heat as they lead 22-18 with 6 minutes to go in the first half but they extend that to 41-29 at the break. A 10-0 run to start the half continues the trend. The Heat win 81-43. John Christensen with another bunch of layups by being active around the basket as I had him for 24 points. Luke Preiner with 13 and Rob Dahl with 14.

43 Hoops Amundson held on for a 50-49 win over Hoop School in the other 15U game that was played.

Session 6: Opening round of 17U bracket play has 94 Ft of Game vs Elite Sports. The pace to start the game was super fast and Elite Sports absolutely shot the lights out. But 94 Ft played almost no defense for most of the game. But definitely a fun shootout to watch. Kenquene Brown (Cooper) with a big 1st half with 17 points and 3 steals. In the 2nd half, the Elite Sports coach gets tossed (2nd T) after a technical on a player for touching the ball in the player's hands out of bounds. Rare call but the right one. That kills any chance Elite Sports had. 94 Ft wins 80-69. Kenquene Brown with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 stls. He got to the rim at will and could have had 30 points as he was 7 of 13 from the FT line. Steven Baker with 15 points and Freddie Burton with 18 points for 94 Ft.

Session 7: A bunch of 17U bracket play. 43 Hoops Chatman led All Iowa Elite 39-25, but opened the 2nd half on a big run and they go on to win 66-43. Mike Bruesewitz with a very impressive 1st half. Very active around the basket and when he got (usually in the short corner vs zone), it was over either via a pass to a cutter or a strong baseline drive. The MN Mustangs stayed close with Net Gain Sports until about 5 minutes left in the 1st half before Net Gain ran away. Net Gain wins 92-47.

Sessions 8-11: Only 1 17U bracket game remaining. The MN Comets Elite got out to a 10-0 lead vs 43 Hoops Hemmingson. They open that lead up in the 2nd half and win 68-46. There were 2 16U games that were ongoing.

Magic Black vs MSB. MSB led 55-50 with 3:15 to play before 9 straight Magic points. Jeff Fallat (Burnsville) with a clutch bucket and then a dagger 3 with 1:20 to go to conclude the run. After an MSB 3 with 1 minute left, we find that MSB only has 4 team fouls. In this tournament you need 10 team fouls for the 1 and 1. MSB holds off fouling until 25 seconds left. Finally they get to foul #10 with 9.6 left and Fallat buries them both. MSB can't get a 3 at the end and the Magic Black move on with a 61-58 win.

The MN Xplosion had a 31-15 lead over the MN Heat Black 16U squad in the 1st half. The Heat cut that deficit to 54-51 with under 5 minutes to play before a couple of Jack Ghizoni buckets stopped the bleeding. Xplosion win 68-55.

In Session 9, 43 Hoops Harris rolled over Upstate Elite 76-39. The Mpls Redhawks used a late 2nd half to blow open their game with Hoop Masters. They win 63-42.

In Session 10, Nolan Toft and Martin Wind join the Comets Blue squad for their game with Big Game Sports. Back and forth game that came right down to the end. BGS missed 2 FTs with 21 seconds left that would have cut it to 1, but they had a look at a 3 at the end of regulation that would have tied it. Comets Blue moves on 61-58.

Session 11: The MN Heat Black 15U squad had a 25-21 lead at the break. In the 2nd half, they effectively used "the world's WORST offense" (The Flex) to get good looks. Despite missing 4 technical free throws for a KC Keys coach getting tossed, the Heat go on to a 68-41 win. 43 Hoops Amundson played Team Minnesota Elite in the other 15U game. 43 Hoops had a 45-34 lead early in the 2nd half before Team MN roared back to take a 66-60 lead with 4:30 to play. 43 Hoops gets the next 7 points to take a 67-66 lead with 2:10 to play. Antonio Seals (Apple Valley) gets a layin with 1:40 to reclaim the lead for Team MN Elite. After trading possessions, Jeremy Borg (Orono) hits a nice 10 foot floater in the lane for 43 Hoops and they have the
lead back 69-68 with 30 seconds to play. He then gets a steal but misses the front end of the bonus with 16.4 to play. Marquealis Edwards (St. Louis Park) gets a bunny with 10 seconds left, 43 Hoops can't counter it and Team MN Elite moves on with a 70-69 win.

17U Quarterfinal matchups
  • Net Gain Sports vs MSB. Net Gain's small lineup with Dower in the middle is explosive and really fun to watch. MSB can stay competitve, but ultimately I think Net Gain has too much scoring.
  • Illinois Wolves vs 94 Ft of Game. If not close, it should be a highly entertaining up and down affair. Wolves roll with more size and skill.
  • 43 Hoops Chatman vs Comets Elite. Fun to see Nate Wolters vs in state peers. This game would be even more interesting if Jordair Jett is really on the roster for the Comets. Too much power and size for the Comets to deal with here.
  • Big Game Sports vs Team Missouri. This may not be the 1st game that sticks out of the 4, but it may end up being the closest. If Team Missouri can handle the BGS athletes, I think they win. But if only Jamie Donnelly shows up for Team Missouri, then BGS has to like their chances.
16U Quarterfinal Matchups
  • MN Comets Elite vs MN Xplosion. These teams have met 3 times this summer with the Comets taking the tiebreaker game 55-49 at the State AAU tournament in early June. Key difference here is that Taylor Filipek is now added to the Comets Elite roster. This could be the best quarterfinal game.
  • Mpls Redhawks vs 94 Ft of Game. Its hard to say a team played better then when the Redhawks took apart Magic Black in pool play here. I think they're a buzzsaw right now, they win big.
  • 43 Hoops Gameli vs MN Magic Black. A couple of big guys may be missing for 43 Hoops in this one. Kevin Noreen is in the mix for Magic Black which is an interesting dynamic. I'm picking Magic Black here.
  • 43 Hoops Harris vs MN Comets Blue. Having Toft/Wind adds a little bit of spice to this, but this Harris squad has played really well here. I'll take them to win easily.
15U Quarterfinals
  • MN Heat Elite vs MN Heat Black. Heat Black had a nice win tonight in the late session. The rest of having a bye and the return of Alex Richter put the Heat Elite over the top. The winner gets the Madison Spartans in the semis.
  • I'll assume 43 Hoops Carr won tonight which means they'll play Team MN Elite. I'll take 43 Hoops in that one. The winner gets an impressive East Metro Elite squad in the semis.

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