Hanging out at 43 Hoops

So I spent the night of 6/24 and then Monday night at 43 Hoops watching their college league. Better late than never to note it. On 6/24, the 43 Hoops Harris club easily won their game 75-41 without Vinard Birch or Clay Horne. Chris Carr's 16s took on Concordia and were down 12 early before cutting that lead to 6 at the half (2 of those 6 thanks to an Isaiah Thomas buzzer beater). A big 11-0 runs extends a 7 point Concordia lead to 18 with 14 minutes left in the 22 minute running half. The lead is 22 with 11 minutes left as Concordia shot the lights out from 3. But the 16s made a furious comeback. 13-2 over the next 6:10 cuts the lead to 11 with 4:50 left. Then Jordan Van Eps and Marquel Curtis for 3, Roosevelt Scott with a steal and Thomas Schalk converts 2 FTs after getting 4 shots at the rim. That cuts the lead to 74-69 with 90 seconds left. Maurice Hernandez misses a left corner 3 with 1 minute to play. But a charge and a pair of missed free throws in the last minute mean that the 16s won't score again. Concordia hangs on for a 78-69 win after almost giving up a 22 point lead in the last quarter of the game.

On Monday, I ran into the 2 coolest coaches in the NSIC (why? Because they were the only 2 in the building) watching the 43 Hoops Harris squad against UW-River Falls. 43 up by 11 at the half thanks to some hot shooting from Tim Lubke but they give that lead back by the 14 minute mark of the 2nd half. Brett Ervin with a 3 point play with 48 seconds left to cut the RF lead to 1 and Tim Lubke and RF swap FTs for a 1 point margin with 24 seconds left. River Falls misses a front end with 21 seconds left but 43 turns it over. After a pair of FTs by RF, Tony Gerding gets fouled on a 3 with 2 seconds left but he misses the 1st and makes the 2nd 2 and River Falls leaves with a 53-52 win. The 16s rolled in their game.

On Tuesday I got a chance to see the 16s for a full practice in addition to some bits of the other teams practices. Its always fun to get another perspective on how teams prepare. The continuity of schemes across the different teams is especially interesting consider that the same coach tends to stick with the team from year to year.


  1. what minnesota guys were on these college teams? any new freshmen other than isiah thomas?

  2. The college teams are small college teams and I have to admit I recognize almost no one as up until this year I really haven't paid attention to MN kids who haven't gone D1. Concordia does have 3 freshmen that played in the league. Taylor Steinbauer (Owatonna) and Maurice Hernandez (Henry Sibley) were both out on Monday but played last week with Thomas. Sammy Ricks (St. Paul Johnson) also plays for Concordia. I think Alfred Jaryan (Kennedy) was playing with the St. Olaf squad.


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