Week 3 of the Magic Fall League

A light schedule today with only 3 games on my plate for week 3 of the Magic Fall League. A quick correction from last week's notes. I noted that Freddie Burton was playing for the Transitions II squad. He's actually playing for the 94 Ft of Game squad as we'll find out later.

Session 1: Transitions I vs Eagan. No Noreens for MTS, only Antonio Wigfall. Charlie Baker is present for Eagan. He doesn't disappoint either. 7 quick points + a pretty behind the back dropoff for a layup give Eagan a 13-2 lead after 7 minutes. They extend the lead to 25-6 inside of 5 minutes to play in the half. 13 points on 5-7 shooting for Baker in the 1st half. 29-12 Eagan at the break. Eagan goes to their bench to start the 2nd half and MTS cuts the lead to 11. Baker quickly back into the game at the 14 minute mark. He restores order and its 39-26 Eagan with 8 minutes left when he goes back to the bench. MTS makes another run and Baker's return doesn't really help. Eagan misses a layup which leads to an MTS runout for a layup to cut the lead to 43-37 with 2 minutes left. 11-4 MTS run. Eagan doesn't score but Wigfall misses a wide open layup at 1:45 and MTS won't get any closer. 48-42 Eagan wins. Baker with a quiet 2nd half as he finishes with 15 points. I had him for 2 assists. I counted 3 missed layups and 3 missed wide open stand-still triples that could have given him a half dozen more assists.

In the other session 1 game, PL Hoops hangs on to def 94 Ft of Game 41-39. Joey King (Eagan) with a putback of a missed FT and a big defensive rebound late to seal the win. Nice win for PL Hoops as they're a group of freshman playing against Freddie Burton, Phillip Freeman and the rest of 94 Ft of Game.

Session 2: Eagan vs Prior Lake. Deryck Ludwig back for Prior Lake to provide an interior presence. Tor Anderson with 2 quick layins to give Prior Lake a 10-7 lead with 11 minutes left in the 1st half. Charlie Baker gets a late assist for a 3 and then drains a triple of his own at the halftime buzzer to give Eagan a 26-19 halftime lead. Baker with 10 late points in the half and Anderson really cooled off after the quick start. Prior Lake gets the 1st 5 of the 2nd half with Baker on the bench to cut the lead to 2. Baker comes back in and gets 2 triples and 2 assists in a 14-2 run to push the Eagan lead to 40-26 with 10:30 to play. But Tor Anderson won't let Prior Lake go away quietly. He gets a 3 point play with 2:45 left, a bucket off of a Baker turnover and then a triple with 42 seconds left to cut the Eagan lead to 44-42 (16-4 Prior Lake run). Baker misses the front end of the bonus with 16 seconds left but Eagan gets the rebound and makes both free throws. That makes Anderson's 3 at the buzzer irrelevant as Eagan hangs on for the 46-45 win. Baker with 16 points. Tor Anderson leads the way for Prior Lake with 21 points via a hot start and finish.

PL Hoops def Transitions I in the other session 2 game. Clutch FT shooting for PL Hoops as they made 8 of 10 FTs down the stretch to seal the victory.

Session 3: Prior Lake vs 94 Ft of Game. Tor Anderson guarding Freddie Burton after spending a large amount of time guarding Charlie Baker in the last game. 94 Ft gets out to a 14-4 lead with 11:15 left in the 1st half. Andrew Dale with 2 putbacks for Prior Lake to try and keep them close but 94 Ft goes on a 9-0 run (Burton jumper included) to lead 23-10 with 5:30 left in the half. 27-18 94 Ft at the break. Dale with a nice cut for a layup and 2 Anderson FTs cut the 94 Ft lead to 36-31 with 12:15 left. Phillip Freeman knocks down a 3 to give 94 Ft a 45-37 lead with 5:30 to play. Anderson once again takes over. Nice set play out of a timeout to get him a layup, he then gets a backside postup on an inbounds play and 2 more. Prior Lake then puts back an offensive rebound to tie the game at 45 to 1:08 to play. 94 Ft then holds the ball for the final shot and Burton buries a 17 footer over Anderson from the right wing with 2.5 left to win it 47-45.

Some good games next week as the Prior Lake plays the Titans and BSM. We'll see if Marshall Bjorklund plays for the Titans. He's currently nursing an injured shoulder. Evan Anderson's teammate Tyler Brown may join the Titans in his place. Brown recently committed to Central Michigan. In other games, Eagan will play BSM and Chaska.

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