2009 MN Magic Invitational reports

While I didn't get the chance to attend the Magic Invite, here's some info that was passed along to me about the weekend.

A pair of 17U games, Magic Black was down 16 in the 1st half to EOTO but cut the lead to 4 by half. They survived foul trouble from Deron Murphy in the 2nd half and survived with a 5 point win. Magic Blue blew out Magic Red 64-35. Only a 10 point margin at the break and that was after a 13-3 run to end the half. The margin exploded to 25 in the 1st 5 minutes of the 2nd half as Blue kept up defensive pressure. David Michaelson struggled for Blue, but Michael Tyler (Paladin Academy, Blaine I think, so you'll never see him) chipped in with 15 points. Tyler is an athletic wing who might be a major secret out there.

MN Heat Elite won the 15U bracket and it sounds like there was a dynamite showdown between the Heat Elite and Magic Elite in the 14U bracket. MN Heat Black 16s were 2nd place in the 2nd 16U bracket losing to Grassroots II.

19U Championships, listen to this group. Ethan Wragge, Mike Bruesewitz, Chris Halvorsen, Will Deberg, Deryck Ludwig, Josh Pedretti. Yikes, wouldn't we all like to have a roster like that. I think they were with the 09ers. Magic Black defeated that group 73-68 in the semis. Magic Gold over Grassroots 74-73 in the other semifinal. Black over Gold 68-56 in the title game. Kevin Thompson lighting it up with 27 in the semis and 34 in the championship game. Why JUCOs aren't all over this kid escapes me. Performances like this make me hate having to pick and choose between events.

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