Border battle, blowout and a youngster

Prologue
A fun Saturday running between a pair of games in St. Paul and then off to St. Anthony for the night session.  Biggest crowd I've ever seen at CDH as well.  A pair of close games at Highland Park and St. Anthony add on to the day.  Great work by the CDH band with plenty of pop hits on the set list including Lady Gaga, Taio Cruz and ...

Song of the Day
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes

Total Beverage Consumption Counter: 1172 ounces  (101 games, 80 days)

  • 12 oz 7 Up 
  • 20 oz Barq's Root Beer
  • 20 oz Mug Root Beer 
  • 68 oz Sprite 
  • 84 oz Dr Pepper
  • 140 oz Red Powerade
  • 160 oz Red Gatorade
  • 184 oz Coke 
  • 484 oz Pepsi
Game 1: River Falls (WI) at Highland Park
With the big game at CDH following, this was an easy choice to sneak in an early game.  The 1st 21 points between the teams come on 6 3s and 3 free throws.  Then a 3 point play.  1st 2 point "play" comes 5:45 into the game.  The Highland Park pressure defense allows them to open a double figure lead thanks to forced turnovers.  River Falls cuts that to 36-30 at half with the last 5.  River Falls tries to pull out a 1-3-1 midway through the half down 7, Highland holds and River Falls goes trap out of it.  That gets the ball moving and speeds things up.  Luke Murphy keeps River Falls close and a pair of late 3s (we'll draw one up later) cut the lead to 3 with 16 seconds left.  But Highland Park finishes it off to win 66-61.  Isaiah Brower 27 points with 6 3s and a pair of late free throws to seal it.  MN Heat alum and UW-Whitewater recruit Luke Murphy 25 points to lead River Falls.  Highland's athleticism bothered him inside but his physical play was effective.

Game 2: #2AAA De La Salle at #7AAAA Cretin-Derham Hall
This one got out of hand immediately.  Reid Travis jumper, lob for a dunk vs the CDH 1-3-1 and a power finish on a turnover.  9-0 DLS just over 3 minutes in.  Donnell Gresham finally gets CDH on the board with a lane jumper.  James Lawson for 3, Travis for a 3 point play and he runs for 2 more on a turnover, then he scores inside.  Geno Crandall with a triple, Travis inside again.  Crandall another 3 on a poorly defended and well-known BLOB.  Then Crandall hangs and takes the hit for a 3 point play.  36-3 De La Salle leads at the 6:06 mark.   Last 9 minutes are running time.  De La Salle goes on to an emphatic 70-48 win.  Reid Travis dominant with 25 points and 14 boards on my sheet.  Geno Crandall adds 15.  Joe Rosga leads CDH with 16, Donnell Gresham with 12.  Sam Neumann held to 1 FG and 6 points.  DLS able to switch screens and they were real physical getting after sets which totally took him out of the game.

Game 3: Cristo Rey at St. Anthony
My 1st chance to watch Cristo Rey star frosh Jericho Sims (he missed the Legacy game that I saw earlier in the season).  He goes to the spin move and finishes with his off hand to tie the game at 17 at the 8:22 mark.  St. Anthony uses an 11-0 run to break open a tie game in the 1st half.  Ben Peterson with a pair of buckets during that run.  35-28 St. Anthony at the half.  Jeffrey Hudson with a bucket, a 3 and another hoop in a 12-2 Cristo Rey run.  42-40 St. Anthony at the 12:56 mark.  The Huskies respond with a 12-4 spurt of their own.  Noah Bluth concludes that run with a dagger 3.  54-44 St. Anthony with 10:28 left.  The Pumas not going away.  Sims with a floater, Hudson scores and then Sims with a crazy tough baseline jumper and Hudson again.  56-52 St. Anthony with 8 minutes left.  Hudson with a bucket with 4:38 left to cut the lead to 60-57.  St. Anthony gets 4 from Talbot Kraus in an 8-0 run (including a 3 point play).  Noah Bluth with other 4 including a nice curl for a layup to end the run.  That puts the game into double digits and out of reach.  St. Anthony wins 73-66.  Noah Bluth leads St. Anthony with 23 points.  Ben Peterson with a nice outing of 15 points.  Jeffrey Hudson with 27 to lead Cristo Rey.  Jericho Sims with 12 points but showed plenty of flashes of significant upside.  His brother Isaiah is a talented junior who is now at Prior Lake after playing at De La Salle.

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