It was the return of the St. Thomas Jamboree but now out in Eagan at High Performance Academy. Having 3 pizza choices, including a 3 meat pizza, is definitely worth noting. Who am I to be unhappy when the Wisconsin/Penn State game was on the TV in the lobby? Good crowd on hand for the 8 sessions. Sessions were 2 10 minute halves with regular timing.
Session 1: Orono vs Rosemount
A hot start for Orono's Brady Wohler as he had 3 assists (2 for 3s) and a pair of buckets to be involved in the first 12 Orono points. Orono took a 17-13 lead midway through the first half but a pair of Rosemount bombs led an 11-3 run to end the half. 24-20 Rosemount at half. The Irish would score the first 6 of the second half to push the lead to 10. Orono made a furious comeback. A putback for a 3 point play cut the lead to 36-35 with 2 minutes left. Orono would get 3 more chances to take the lead and couldn't convert. Rosemount hung on for the 36-35 win. Brady Wohler 11 points for Orono.
Session 2: Minneapolis South vs Hill-Murray
Carnell Sheppard opened the game with a pair of 3s to lead South to a quick 10-2 lead. Hill-Murray would counter with a 7-0 lead to cut the lead to 1. Then the teams traded points for a 18-17 South lead at the half. Hill-Murray would tie the game at 21 and then go to the bench. South countered with a 7-0 run as the Pioneers would score again until 45 seconds left. 30-23 South wins. Carnell Sheppard 10 points for South. Dave Simmet 8 points for Hill-Murray.
Session 3: Braham vs St. Thomas Academy
This game was all about Braham's Tyler Vaughan (MN-Moorhead commit) and seeing some of THE WORLD'S WORST OFFENSE (with all due respect to coach Bob Vaughan). A bucket followed by a pair of 3s for Vaughan as Braham opened a 13-3 lead. 15-8 Bombers at the half. The Bombers hold St. Thomas star Thomas Sjoberg without a field goal and go on to win 32-25. Vaughan finishes with 5 3s and 19 points.
Session 4: DeLaSalle vs Holy Angels
Holy Angels played without their front line of Danny Sullivan and Mike Hudson in this one. 5 all midway thru the first half before a 15-4 run to take control. 22-16 DLS at the half. All Islanders in the second half as they pull away for a 47-25 win. Shawn Fitzgibbons very productive and Reid Travis showing a burst inside and quality play. 12 points for Travis on my sheet. Jordan Dembley 11 points for the Stars.
Session 5: Osseo vs Minnetonka
Behind the post play of Latrell Love, Minnetonka jumped out to a 10-4 lead. Bridge Tusler would counter with 5 in a row for Osseo in the last minute of the first half. 14-12 Minnetonka at the half. An overall run of 13-4 by Osseo across halftime would give them a 21-16 lead with 5 minutes left. Then both teams went deep into their benches, especially Osseo. Andrew Turnblad with a great hustle play for a bucket with 3:16 left would put Tonka back on top and they would pull away for a 31-25 win. 8 points for Latrell Love.
Session 6: Hopkins vs Apple Valley
No Harry Sonie for Apple Valley so a major piece missing for the Eagles. But Tyus Jones would control the half for Apple Valley. He had anywhere from 4 to 7 assists in the first half along with 6 points. Those passes not just for points, but mostly for layups. In the half court, in transitions, right handed, left handed, all the passes were there. 26-23 Apple Valley at the break. Apple Valley would extend the lead to 7 but Zach Stahl tried to bring Hopkins back. He makes a pair of layups and a free throw to cut the lead to 36-34 with 4:20 left. Totally looked like the Hopkins run to put them over the top but not to be. Apple Valley pulls away late and wins 52-38. Tyus Jones 13 points and anywhere from 8-12 assists. So as expected he was factor in a large majority of their points. 11 points for Zach Stahl and Siyani Chambers. Great day for the Apple Valley supporting cast who played extremely well.
Session 7: Park Center vs Tartan
Park Center played without star guard Quinton Hooker who was visiting family in Nebraska. That would make one think this would be a blowout. Not to be the case. Park Center's athletes were effective and overcame some moments from Darrion Strong to have the lead most of the way. Tartan would get a putback to take the lead for good with 2:37 left. A late Strong bucket pushed the lead to 4. Tartan hung on 40-38.
Session 8: Armstrong vs Columbia Heights
Ben Glover on the bench in street clothes for the game. Coach Greg Miller doesn't have much in the way of seniors so Armstrong will rely on juniors and youth. 3 freshman moved up to JV and 3 more to the sophomore squad in a class that the Falcons are very excited about. As you can tell, not much to mention from the game itself. 18-11 Heights at the half and they roll to a 34-21 win.