Hornets sting Hawks

Off to a matchup of former Classic Lake Conference rivals as Robbinsdale Cooper visits Edina.  Davanni's pizza on the menu is always an outstanding choice, though it was a bit like cardboard so it must have sat too long before I got to it.  A can of Sprite keeps the beverage counter moving.  We also get an appearance from the Edina pepband.  Plenty of Lake Conference and Metro West guys on hand to scout it as well.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 119 (42 courts)

Beverage Consumption Counter: 940.9 ounces (57 days, 81 games, 2 scrimmages added on)
  • Pepsi: 516 ounces
  • Coke: 120 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: 10

Song of the Day
Katy Perry - Roar

Game Time:
Max Lynch very productive early for Edina.  3 blocks and 3 buckets to go with a free throw.  10-9 Edina at 11:25.  Melvin Newbern on the bench for Cooper with 2 fouls.  Taron Pickford was a problem all night, he scores a couple hoops and Jayson Edwards drives for 2 and pulls a jumper for 2 more.  17-15 Cooper at 7:40.   But Cooper will only make 1 FG the rest of the half.  2 turnovers result in Walt McGrory running for layups.  Then Will Moreton runs for 3 layups, the last for an And 1.  After a Cooper 3 (that single FG in the run), Moreton with a pair of BLOB 3s and then a 3rd bomb off the always illegal elevator screen.  He scores 16 straight Edina points and adds another bunny during the 28-5 run that ends the half.  43-22 Edina at the break.

Cooper starts the 2nd half with a 9-2 run thanks to 5 from soph Damien Gordon.  Then 1 of the 3 man offiicating crew has to step off due to an apparent injury.  Lynch goes back to work inside as he puts back 3 misses and cuts hard for 2 easy layups.  He runs out for a 3rd bunny to push the lead back to 19, 60-41 at 11:27. Cooper needs a timeout as their transition defense lets them down again.  Ben Boone with a couple of nice tips, 1 on a rebound and 1 of a long pass to get Lynch that last layup.  The rest of the game is really never in doubt but Edina never slams the door either.  Taron Pickford carried the Cooper offense as nobody could guard him off the bounce.  Walt McGrory would control the Edina offense late and he was active on the glass as well.  Edina wins 85-65.

Post Game
Robbinsdale Cooper falls to 3-9 overall and they are 2-2 in the Metro West.  Junior Taron Pickford with 15 of his 21 in the 2nd half to lead the Hawks.  He was able to get to the rack for lots of lefty finishes.  Melvin Newbern had 13 of his 15 in the 2nd half thanks to 2 quick fouls in the 1st half.  Cooper's transition defense was painful at best and didn't get fixed at halftime which is disturbing.  The Hawks host St. Louis Park tomorrow before 3 tough games next week at Chaska, at Wayzata and then Jefferson at home.

Edina improves to 11-4 overall.  They are 0-3 in Lake Conference play.  They are at Woodbury Saturday night and then they travel to Duluth on Monday to play Cambridge-Isanti in the Breakdown's MLK Classic.  Max Lynch with 23 points, 16 in the 2nd half to lead the Hornets.  Kirkwood CC (a high level D2 juco in IA) was in to watch him tonight.  His defensive presence was definitely felt and he converted most things inside.  Will Moreton had 16 of his 20 in a row in a 4 minute stretch in the 1st half.  He had 3 3s as part of that 20.    Quiet but very solid all around game from Walt McGrory with 14 points, right around 10 rebounds and a mitt full of assists.  I like their spread offense stuff where they get their guards on the move with the willing passer Lynch in the middle.  Gets their guards going downhill and opens the basket up for some back cuts against pressure.  The John Beilein influence definitely shows.  Edina asst coach Chris Hopkins worked with Beilein at West Virginia

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