Red Knights win battle for second place

Prologue
To the Haben Center at Benilde-St. Margaret's for senior night for BSM's 4 seniors.  These teams tied for 2nd 1 game behind Cooper in the North Suburban.  We have a less full than expected crowd but he do have the Red Knight pep band.  The jumbo hot dog tonight was outstanding and no rubik's cube wrap thankfully.  Minnesota State and the Mr Basketball guys watching along with Rene Pulley

Game Time
No time to waste here as this was over almost immediately thanks to the seniors.  Peter Crawford drives and kicks to Seth Marx for 3.  Crawford with a bank and kicks for Marx for another 3.  Lather, Rinse and Repeat as its Marx again from deep.  11-2 Red Knights and we're barely 2 minutes in.  Time out Heights.  Isaiah Zierden then nails back to back bombs.  17-2 at 14:45.  Crawford with a putback, Marx again from the great beyond and an Evan Battle layup at 11:30 push the lead to 24-8.  Heights needs another timeout.  7 in a row out of the time out for Benilde-St. Margaret and caution flammable, its Marx again during the run for 3 around to Battle buckets inside.  31-8 Red Knights and we haven't reached the halfway point of the first half yet.  While BSM has everything going in, Heights can't get anything to go in.  Jacob Thomas picks up his second foul at the 7:22 mark with Heights down 33-12 but he'll still sit the rest of the half in a bit of a surprise.  48-23 BSM at the half thanks to 8 threes, 5 of them by Marx.   Jacob Thomas 0-4 and no points.

Marx going out in style in his last regular season home game.  Flex cut for a 3 point play and a post up for 2 push the lead to 55-25 at the 16:35 mark.  Thomas finally heats up with his first hoop of the night on a 3 at the 12:17 mark (0-7 to that point).  He scores 15 points in less than the next 5 minutes but a charge in that run also gives him his 4th foul and with 7:33 left he gets trapped.  He gets called for the pushoff just before Heights could get a timeout and he's done.  The bench gives a small bit of the lead back but the Red Knights win easily 93-69

For Columbia Heights, dismal shooting in the first 10 minutes (along with some tough shots), dug a hole that was too deep.  Jacob Thomas finishes with 15 points on 5-15 shooting.  Zach Lofton leads the way with 17 points on 7-19 shooting.  Heights falls to 18-5 and 3rd place alone in the North Suburban thanks to Cooper beating Irondale tonight.  Despite the loss, I'll still take the Hylanders for the #2 seed in section 3AAA and a favorable draw against St. Paul Central in the semis (rather than the bad DLS/Henry draw in the other semi, but that one will play out next week)

For Benilde-St. Margaret's, the seniors go out big.  Seth Marx and his 5 triples lead the way with 22 points.  Peter Crawford 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on my sheet in a quality tool box performance.  Darren Glover 9 points but he really locked up Thomas for tough shots or no shots, especially during the first half.  The Red Knights with one of the class AAA games of the year at De La Salle Saturday afternoon.  Glover will have his hands full with Jalen Jaspers in that one.  With Waconia 1 ahead in the loss column, does a BSM loss Saturday give Waconia a claim for the top seed, especially if they win the season finale against Orono to share the Wright County title?

4 comments:

  1. Czar,

    I've not read your blog for awhile but was getting caught up today. Any thoughts of renaming the blog DeLaSalle Hoops?

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  2. Pimp, as a long time reader I'm disappointed you would think that. I can't control how the games are scheduled. St. Bernard's/DLS was the only option I had in that timeslot. CDH/DLS was a better option than South/BSM last week. Minnehaha/DLS wasn't one to miss. I did DLS/Mounds Park because I thought at the time that was the only chance I would get to see MPA. I don't like seeing a team that much but Saturdays in February are relatively quiet except for DLS and those were big games for the most part. Same was true last year if you go back and look. Just so happens the DLS games tonight and Saturday are the top games of the day. I'll see Richfield and BSM twice in a week span this week too should I title the blog for them too?

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  3. Don't get me wrong. I love the fact you are willing to share your passion for HS basketball and you are certainly entitled to watch whatever games you want. It just seems in a view of the past school year, I've seen a lot of the D as you'll refer to them and not as much "overall" coverage.
    Last year it seemed as though you covered just about every "big" game played around the metro and so I was able to keep up with the other teams even though I don't see many of the teams. This year the focus seems to be smaller schools which is great exposure as well, just from my prespective a bit of change is all.

    Don't take it personally just trying to give you thoughts on what I've noticed. It's all good Czar except for the comments issue by "something".

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  4. No offense taken pimp, the schedule is a crazy thing. I really wanted to do 1 of the Champlin/Osseo games as an example, just couldn't make it work, that happens. No intentional change in what I've covered. Besides I could be one of the folks who decided to go watch Eastview/Chaska just to hope for a fight rather than Eden Prairie/Apple Valley. It's the always difficult balance between big games and seeing as many teams as possible (big or small). That "somebody" thing really irks me and I've been slowly working to remove the hundreds of those comments. There's no way to bulk delete either which stinks.

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