Neumann torches the nets again

Prologue
I continue this week's tour of St. Paul with a visit to #8AAAA Cretin-Derham Hall for a big Suburban East showdown with Roseville.  Roseville undefeated in league play, CDH 1 game back.  The usual quality hot dog on the menu.  Whoever invented the pull tab to squeeze or pull all the way off to dip packaging for the ketchup should be canonized immediately.  That's a quality piece of work.  Another short night of beverage with a 12 oz Coke.  Great work by the CDH band with Lady Gaga's Poker Face to start the night and then Bad Romance later.  But we have to acknowledge a big game with today's tune.

Song of the Day
When you're hot you're hot - Jerry Reed

Total Beverage Consumption Counter: 780 ounces  (73 games, 58 days)

  • 36 oz Dr Pepper
  • 36 oz Sprite 
  • 12 oz 7 Up
  • 120 oz Red Powerade
  • 60 oz Red Gatorade
  • 324 oz Pepsi
  • 152 oz Coke
  • 20 oz Barq's Root Beer
  • 20 oz Mug Root Beer
Game Time
Early on its a surprise to see a slow pace.  Jesper Horsted with a tough 2 for a 6-5 Roseville lead at the 13:50 mark.  Sam Neumann coast to coast for a 3 point play after burying a 3.  18-10 CDH immediately countered by 8 in a row from Roseville.  Then 24-20 CDH before a 11-0 Roseville run triggered by Kyler Briggity with 8 in a row via drive, 3 and a reverse layup for a 3 point play.  31-24 Roseville takes over the lead at the 4:30 mark.  Neumann keeping his offense going with a pair of free throws, a putback, a nice cut for 1 of 2 freebies and 2 more free throws in the last minute.  39-38 Roseville at the half.  Sam Neumann with 22, Kyler Briggity with 16.

Roseville comes out with a 1-3-1 zone and immediately converts a pair of turnovers into Lance Gardner layups.  Horsted with a layup and Jake Geyen driving for a free throw and then a power 2.  Horsted adds a 3 point play for a 53-45 Roseville lead with 11:52 left.  Donnell Gresham for 3 before Neumann goes off  Bombs away, a steal for 2 free throws, another bomb, a post up for the reverse layup and foul, another post up for 2, an offensive board for 2 free throws, another bucket and foul and then he caps it off with a chance at a 4 point play.  He scores 19 straight CDH points over 5 minutes.  Not to mention he missed all 3 free throws on the And 1 chances thanks to a nasty hitch at the top of his free throw.  That gets all 3 Roseville bigs with 4 fouls with 7:41 left.  Neumann's personal run takes CDH from down 5 to up 4.  67-63 CDH with 5:50 left.  Roseville misses 4 straight chances at the line to hang around near the end of that run.  They can't hit anything from the field and do take some quick shots as they go 6 minutes without a field goal starting at the 8 minute mark.   CDH spreads the floor with the lead and not much to do about it.  CDH wins 86-73.

Post Game
Roseville falls into a 3 way tie in the loss column for 1st in the Suburban East at 7-1.  They are now 9-6 overall.  The 6 losses are all quality losses but they've given up an average of 88.5 points in those losses.  There's much work to be done on the defensive end.  They tried zone, they tried Gardner and Horsted on Neumann, no good answers.  Kyler Briggity leads the way with 22 points.  16 of those in the 1st half.  Jake Geyen with 11 off the bench.  A pair of tough conference rematches next week against Mounds View (1 point buzzer beater win) and at White Bear Lake (4 point OT win after 2 late free throws to force OT). 

Cretin-Derham Hall takes over the top spot in the league by an extra win.  They've finished the 1st rotation of Suburban East play at 8-1 and are now 12-3 overall.  Sam Neumann goes off again for 45 points.  5 3s in that and 12-15 from the foul line.  He got great looks and wasn't looking at the really deep 3 like we saw at the TWolves Shootout.  This was more attacking the basket, either off the bounce or from the post where he was willing to bang.  That's great to see.  Donnell Gresham adds late free throws to get to 11 points.  They play Grand Rapids in the MLK Classic at UMD on Monday.  Then its back to Suburban East play at Stillwater and home against Forest Lake.

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