Red Wing steamrolls Simley

Prologue
Its my 1st ever boys game and night game at Simley.  Its a non-conference game against 7-4 Red Wing.  Simley on a streak of losing 5 out of 6 with a 4-5 record.  Gotta love the free chips as part of the meal deal.  But at least there are people.  Last time I was at Simley it was a 10 AM girls holiday tournament during the week and you could hear a pin drop.  Since we have Wingers and a blowout, this seems to be a logical choice for ...

Song of the Day
Winger - Headed for a Heartbreak

Game Time
Simley starting 4 non-seniors with leader Shinoby Yang.  Red Wing on the other hand has plenty of experience returning.  6'8" Center Isaac Sevlie with a putback and then a 3 point play at 13:56.  10-0 Red Wing out of the gate.  The big man with another 3 point play and then a steal and he rumbles for a pair of free throws.  Then he grabs another of his own misses and is fouled for 1 FT.  24-10 Red Wing at the 6:03 mark.  They've extended their man pressure and really forced Simley away from the basket in the halfcourt.  Red Wing nails a 3 a the buzzer for a 35-21 halftime lead.  Then Red Wing blows it open to start the 2nd half.  Coleman Kelly with a jumper, Pat Kelly for 3, Sevlie with a pair of free throws, Pat Kelly with a steal for a -layup. Willy Ahern with a drive from the high post as the 2nd high post guy vs the 2-3 zone and the foul.  Add on 4 more points for a 16-0 run to start the half.  51-21 Red Wing with 13:15 left and that's all I can stand to watch.

Post Game
Simley tried 2-3 zone most of the night but Red Wing did a nice job of moving the ball against it.  Shinoby Yang 2-11 in the minutes I saw.  8th grader Sam Stensgard off the bench with a pair of 3s and then started the 2nd half.  Simley will have 6 of their top 8 back next season but the leading Yang is gone.  Red Wing has soph Ryan Boldt waiting in the wings.  Isaac Sevlie with 13 points and 5 rebounds in the limited action I saw.  Simley now 4-7 but those 4 wins are against New Life, Park, Waseca and International School.  Besides Yang, scoring is a real problem as demonstrated by scoring only 18 points against Sibley last week.  They have a pair of Classic Suburban road games next week against South St. Paul and St. Thomas Academy.  Red Wing started 1-3 but improves to 8-4 with the win.  That includes a quality blowout win at Minnewaska over the holidays.  Looks like they could end up fighting Albert Lea for the 3rd seed in section 1AAA.  Albert Lea with a worse record but a strong schedule (#3 schedule in the CzarPI this week) unlike Red Wing (#57 schedule out of 60 in this week's CzarPI) and Albert Lea won at Red Wing.  A head to head win over Waseca should keep Simley out of the #8 seed.

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