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
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?