Apple Valley takes South Suburban lead

Prologue
Its a showdown for 1st place in the South Suburban as #5AAAA Shakopee visits #2AAAA Apple Valley. Both teams come in undefeated at 7-0 in league play.  Surprising that there wasn't a better crowd on hand as there was plenty of room available.  Maybe I'm spoiled by all those years of Tyus Jones home games.  The hot dog counter has been quiet so let's do that and a can of Coke.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 119 (43 courts)

Beverage Consumption Counter: 952.9 ounces (58 days, 82 games, 2 scrimmages added on)
  • Pepsi: 516 ounces
  • Coke: 132 ounces
  • Dr. Pepper: 36 ounces
  • Sprite: 76 ounces
  • Sierra Mist: 12 ounces
  • Barq's Root Beer: 20 ounces
  • A&W Root Beer: 24 ounces
  • Red Powerade: 60 ounces
  • Red Gatorade: 60 ounces
  • Water: 500 ml
Hot Dog Counter: 11

Song of the Day
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Game Time:
Cam Kirksey as expected gets the duty on Steffon Mitchell.  Mitchell will take Gary Trent on the other end.  Tevin Killeen with a pair of early 3s and Mitchell starts his scoring night with a post hoop.  8-2 Shakopee at the 15:40 mark.  Killeen adds a layup and Apple Valley takes timeout down 17-11 at the 13 minute mark.  The Eagles respond with an 18-2 run in the next 4 and a half minutes.  Trent starts it with back to back hoops.  Kirksey puts back a miss.  Steve Christiansen runs for a dunk and then buries a 3.  Tre Jones drives baseline and no help.  Jordan Bolton finishes the run with a 3 point play.  29-19 Apple Valley at the 8:30 mark.   Tevin Killeen with a long 3, his 3rd of the night and after a turnover its an extra pass for a Booker Coplin 3 and then he adds a bucket.  35-31 Apple Valley just inside of 4 minutes left in the half.  Brock Bertram with 2 more buckets as he was a major problem all night.  Apple Valley goes to halftime with a 46-38 lead.  Bertram close to a double double with 10 and 8 in the half.  Mitchell with 12 to lead Shakopee, Killeen with 11 on 3 bombs.

Mitchell scores the 1st 7 Shakopee points on the half.  54-45 Apple Valley at the 14:40 mark.  Bertram and Kirksey score to force a Sabers timeout at 13:40, 58-45.  Then a flex look for a backscreen and Kirksey dunk.  Then Kirksey with a nasty crossover and drive for a 3 point play from the right elbow.  Where'd that come from?!   The Eagles run is 10-2 and the game has gotten out of hand for Shakopee.  64-47 Apple Valley with 11:51 to go.  Christiansen drives from the left wing and the Red Sea parts for another big dunk.  Bertram another post bucket and the lead is 20 with 8:40 left.  Shakopee never threatens the rest of the way.  Apple Valley wins 92-70.

Post Game
Shakopee falls to 12-4 over and into sole possession of 2nd place in the South Suburban at 7-1.  Steffon Mitchell leads the Sabers with 26 points and 6 boards on my sheet.  While he showed his usual craftiness, the jump shot was way off on this night.  Booker Coplin with 16, Tevin Killeen with 11 of his 13 in the 1st half.  They have a tough home date with Eastview on Tuesday to end the 1st rotation of league play.  They go on the road to Rosemount next Thursday.

Apple Valley remains undefeated in the league at 8-0 and takes sole possession of 1st place.  The Eagles are now 15-1 overall.  Brock Bertram had the smaller Taylor Triplett on him much of the night and took advantage of that with 20 points and 14 boards on my sheet.  Steve Christiansen with the best game I've seen from him in a while with 13 points off the bench.  Cam Kirksey also another very good outing with 16 points.  Jordan Bolton adds 14, Gary Trent adds 13.  Its fun to watch him work off of down screens and create.  Combine that with more pushing of the ball and I see strides on the offensive end for the Eagles.  The Eagles host Rosemount and Prior Lake next week.  Then they have only 1 home game the rest of the season with 7 of the last 8 on the road.

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