CDH hands Roseville 1st 08-09 Suburban East loss

A not quite as frigid as expected adventure to Cretin-Derham Hall tonight (one of my favorite buildings) as they look for revenge against Roseville. At least we know the Raiders will win. Roseville won the prior meeting in the Catholic Spirit semifinals 60-57. Mike Muscala and Seantrel Henderson both had 21 in that game. Hopkins looking on for their Jan 30th game at CDH. Dan Brink in the building as well. He may have a relative that plays for Roseville's JV after checking the program. Former CDH stars John Nance and Broderick Binns also in the house tonight. While Binns does have the Hawkeyes cover for his phone (Go Hawks!), he was munching on Cheetos and a cookie while wearing a green Miami Hurricanes jersey. Boo! Props to CDH coach Jerry Kline Jr for pulling out the coat and tie tonight. The coaching staff almost always has the CDH pullovers on.

Roseville goes on a 8-3 run after the 1st CDH bucket for a 8-5 lead at 13:35. Mike Muscala with 4 quick points and he's got the duty defending Seantrel Henderson. Henderson with a nice drive on him from the foul line for 2 at 7:25 and we're all tied at 13. The CDH 2-3 zone is really slowing the pace of this game down. Muscala hits a jumper for the last points of the half. 23-22 CDH at halftime. Muscala with 11 and 6 on 5-9 shooting. Henderson with 2 points and 4 boards on 1-5.

Roseville with the 1st 8 of the 2nd half thanks to 2 FTs and a bucket from lefty Austin Hultman. 30-23 Roseville with 15:47 to play. Roseville turns it over allowing Elliot Owusu to break the run with a dunk. Muscala getting mugged at the high post in the Roseville zone offense with no calls. He gets a really tough lefty shot to go for a 34-31 Roseville lead with 9:05 left. Raijon Kelly knocks down a triple to tie it at 34 with 7:42 remaining. David Bettenburg with a triple and then Henderson puts back a miss for a 41-38 CDH lead with 5 to play. A pair of Muscala FTs at 3:34 makes it 41-40 CDH. Rylee Hernandez then with a tough bucket to put Roseville back on tiop 42-41 with 3 minutes left. Bettenburg clutch with a triple at 2:25. The teams can't score on their next possessions. Roseville ball with 1:18 left, timeout CDH with a 44-42 lead. CDH comes out of the timeout in a 1-3-1 but with Marcus Binns on top and Clay Horne in the back. The opposite seems more natural to me. But maybe its just me talking about my hatred of odd-man front zones with little guys on top. Full Disclosure: I've been one of those guys. A pass goes off Lucas Brown's hands for a Roseville turnover with 54.6 left. Kelly knocks down a clutch 1 and 1 with 29 seconds left and Henderson adds the final point for a 47-42 Cretin-Derham Hall win.

For Roseville, they fall to 3-1 in the Suburban East and 5-5 overall. 4 of those wins are by a total of 12 points. Mike Muscala got it done with 17 and 14 rebounds on 7-16 shooting and 3 blocks (on my sheet anyway). I like how he's able and willing to use both hands around the basket. The Raiders travel to White Bear Lake on Friday. I'll see them in their rivalry game (Floyd of Rosedale, I mean the pride of Roseville at stake) against Concordia Academy next Thursday night. They were running a 1-3-1 clock offense against the CDH 2-3 with Muscala at the foul line. They had success sending the ball to the corner, having the wing cut thru and then Muscala fill in behind that. He was open on that all night. In the 2nd half, they got away from that and Rylee Hernandez seemed to sit out a ton and he's the best shooter they have.

For CDH, they're now 6-4 and 3-1 in the league. Woodbury sits on top of the league as they go to Forest Lake on Friday. Woodbury has won 4 in a row now after starting 1-4. But I digress. Raijon Kelly leads the way with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Seantrel Henderson with 7 points and 8 rebounds on 3-8 shooting (1-6 FTs) and 3 blocks (again unofficially). David Bettenburg's 2 triples for 6 in the 2nd half were huge. Tough grind it out win (read UGLY win). They go to Hastings Thursday and an interesting non-conference tilt at Eastview on Saturday night.

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