A weekend celebrating cheeseheads

Prologue
Its a super bowl weekend in cheeseland so its only fitting that I see 3 Wisconsin teams on this Saturday.  Its a day full of 4 games.  Only 1 of them is local so we'll cover that last.  We'll cover the 3 other games of this day first.  Out of lettuce for the Walking Taco at Hudson, WI gives their concession stand a downgrade.  With apologies to the Sebeka band who was outstanding this morning, I say GO PACK GO! and use the Packers touchdown theme for today's music.

Song of the Day
Bang on the Drum - Todd Lundgren

Games 1, 3 and 4
Games 1 and 3 were at the Target Center.  Ryan Sharp bombs away with 5 first half 3s as Sebeka opens up a 31 point margin in the first half.  They defeated section rival Isle 87-60.  Sharp ends up with 29, Cody Pulju 17, Paul Funk 18 for the class A's top ranked team.  Isle led by Wesley Oswald and his 20 points.  The other game at the Target Center was another blowout.  Siren, WI opened the game 24-3 over Pine City and never looked back.  Siren star Elijah Hinze 17 of his 18 in the first half and the Siren zone traps too much to handle.  They roll to a 63-23 win.  Finally its another look at Rice Lake, WI star Wally Ellenson as they played at Hudson, WI.  Hudson goes 11:35 without a field goal across the first and second quarters.  That allows Rice Lake to open a 31-8 halftime lead.  Hudson cuts the lead to 42-27 after 3 quarters but no real threat.  Rice Lake wins 59-40.  Wally Ellenson and Alex Cuskey 13 points each to lead Rice Lake.  Hudson's star frosh Alex Herink 12 points.

St. Louis Park at Washburn
Skipping the 2 girls games at the Target Center gives just enough time to run to Washburn for their non-conference matchup with upstart St. Louis Park.  11 all at the 12 minute mark when Dwight Anderson nails 3 straight 3s vs the SLP zone and he adds a layup for a personal 11-2 run.  25-15 Millers at the 8:10 mark.  Then the Orioles rise up.  Quintin Wagner with a layup, tip in and then a 3 for 7 in a row.  Aaron Ziman then nails a 3 off the high screen and roll for a 15-2 run.  32-29 Orioles.  Nick Anderson for 3 and then he beats the halftime buzzer from halfcourt.  That pulls Washburn to within 36-35 at the half.

That 3 inspires Washburn.  Dwight Anderson comes out with another 3, Cedric Chappell with a 3 point play and layup, a turnover for a Dwight Anderson 3 point layup and a another Chappell layup.  Then Nick Anderson gets his hand on a pass and has the outstanding presence to push/tip it forward right to Clarence Thomas for a 3 point play.  56-40 Washburn leads with 12:04 left.  With that halftime buzzer beater, its a 24-4 Washburn run.  Ziman 2 free throws, Kashif Hayes 2 free throws and then a great cross court bounce pass from Ziman to Hayes for 3.  59-54 Washburn with 8:45 left (14-3 Orioles run).  Marquealis Edwards for 3 at 1:17 to cut the lead to 73-68 and then a Washburn turnover.  Edwards goes to the basket and draws the intentional foul with 58 seconds remaining.  Edwards makes 1 of the 2 free throws and the Orioles miss an NBA 3.  St. Louis Park makes a jumper at the horn but it doesn't matter as Washburn hangs on 76-73.

Dwight Anderson finishes with 32 points, 17 in the first half.  That included 5 3s and 11 FTs.  Cedric Chappell 18 points.  Nick Anderson 12 points and I had 9 assists on my sheet.  No point guard that I see besides Tyus Jones is as fun to watch distribute the basketball.  That's either out of their dribble drive stuff or out of the middle screen/roll they'll use.  Washburn is now 14-5 and they have a pair of difficult city games at Henry Tuesday and home with their league co-leader South on Friday..

Kashif Hayes leads St. Louis Park with 14 points.  Look for the sophomore lefty to be dynamite in the DDM for the Orioles next season.  Fellow ballhandler Aaron Ziman finishes with 13 points.  Marquealis Edwards held to 9 points. The Orioles fall to 12-7 but they're 8-1 in the North Suburban (2nd).  The loss breaks an 8 game winning streak.  The rest of the schedule is conference play and while 3 of the next 4 are at home, they are all tough games.

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