The Final Weekend

So with the Emperor and Her Majesty in town for the weekend immediately following the CDH/Roseville game, I'm slightly behind on writing.  So I'll do 2 games here.  First is the CDH/Roseville game for the Suburban East title.  Second is the Twin Cities Game with Washburn hosting Johnson at all 3 levels.  Bad hot dog weekend as I miss out at CDH and Washburn has taken a step backwards.  But beet borschst and the quality beverage "Boris Cocunutski" on the menu at Lucia's in Uptown make up for it.  Food fit for a Czar!

Song of the Weekend
The Final Countdown - Europe

Game 1: Roseville at Cretin-Derham Hall
Roseville bringing 1 game lead to CDH for the Suburban East title.  Great crowd, especially with the Roseville fans taking up an entire section.  For a while it sounded like a Roseville home game.  Roseville starts with the 1st 6 before Cretin responds with a 16-4 run ending with 2 Raijon Kelly triples.  Lucas Brown sits the last 5 minutes after a questionable charging call gives him his 3rd foul.  Kelly sits the last 2:28 after picking up his 3rd.  CDH 32-25 at the break. 

Roseville comes out with 7 in a row via Brown cutting for a 3 point play and a breakaway dunk by Emeche Wells.  32 all, 1:40 into the half.  David Stanley with a steal for 2 that cuts the CDH lead to 37-36 at the 13:20 mark.  Then the deciding run.  Cortez Tillman to the basket, Taylor Montero pullup, a turnover for a Kelly layup and a banker and he fades and goes glass again.  Finally another Roseville turnover for a Montero 3 point play.  50-39 CDH with 9:47 left after a 11-3 run and coach Klein kills his team's momentum with a totally pointless timeout on the make.  Brown with a steal for 2 free throws and after a CDH missed layup, he dunks.  52-47 after the 8-2 Roseville run.  Kelly finds Montero in the left corner for 3 inside 7 to play to break the run.  Stanley with a 3 at the 4:30 mark to cut the lead to 59-53 but Roseville gets no closer.  68-58 CDH ties Roseville for the Suburban East title at 15-3.   These teams look to meet again in 10 days in the section semis at East Ridge.  Raijon Kelly 21, Taylor Montero 19 to lead CDH.  David Stanley 18 points, Lucas Brown struggled but had 16 points.  CDH effective with the 2-3 zone, especially with the wing/corner traps out of it.

Game 2: Johnson at Washburn (Twin Cities Game)
In the Twin Cities Game, all 3 levels were Johnson vs Washburn.  The Washburn freshman came from 12 down in the 2nd half to win 62-55. Football star Jeff Jones 17 points, Quinton Garvis 15 for Washburn.  Johnson pulled away late to win the JV game 63-59.  Johnson's Lazerik Gilbert 9 clutch points late to finish with 18.  Waymon Murphy a big day inside for Washburn with about 20.  Cyrus Moore-Brown also close to 20 for the Millers.

To the varsity game, once again effective use of the 2-3 zone in this game.  Washburn using to slow Johnson down.  But the early pace is quick.  Washburn 22-14 at the 9:15 mark with Nick Anderson finding Clarence Thomas for 3.  But Johnson comes back in the last 4 minutes of the half.  Roosevelt Scott with the layup, Estan Tyler backdoor and Anthony Lee double clutches for a 4 point Johnson lead.  Marcus Marshall a pair of 3s in the last 9 minutes as well.  36-32 Johnson at the break.

Estan Tyler with a drive for 2 free throws.  44-36 Johnson with 14:49 left.  Washburn roars back with Clarence Thomas for 3 and then a drive and poof we're tied at 46 with 13 minutes left.  Thomas adds another 3 to put Washburn back on top.  Dwight Anderson to Cedric Chappell inside for a pair of layups in the next stretch and then Chappell scores on his own inside with great footwork. Then a Johnson turnover for a Javon Smith layup.  65-56 Washburn with 5:33 left and Johnson needs a timeout.  That ends an 8-0 Washburn run off of 3 Johnson turnovers.  Johnson with a chance but they miss a layup and Chappell wrestles the rebound away and he ends up with a layup on the other end from Dwight Anderson.  73-64 with 2:40 in a big swing.  Washburn doesn't make free throw and they don't stop Johnson from going straight to the rim for easy buckets.  Scott drives to cut the lead to 76-72 with 1:09 left.  After 1 Washburn freebie, Scott right to the rim again for 2 free throws.  1 free throw from Dwight Anderson and Estan Tyler counters with a jumper on the other end.  80-78 with 35 seconds left.  But Johnson misses a 2nd layup in crunch time and Washburn seals the 85-80 win at the foul line.  Roosevelt Scott 24 points to lead Johnson.  The Govs had 6 players in double figures with 5 players having 10 or 12 points.  4 players in double figures for Washburn led by Cedric Chappell's 22 points.  Great job making himself available out of the dribble drive stuff Washburn does and he had a handful of layups from it.  Clarence Thomas 18 points , Dwight Anderson 16 and at least 6 assists.  Nick Anderson 11 points and he had at least 5 assists.  Johnson won't play again until the section 4AAA semis at St. Paul Washington (old Arlington) on the 15th.  Washburn opens with Mound-Westonka on Tuesday in tough section 6AAA.

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