Raiders ravage the Raptors

Prologue
Its a Suburban East showdown as #9AAAA Roseville hosts #7AAAA East Ridge.  The teams come into the night tied for 2nd in the conference 1 game behind Cretin-Derham Hall.  Both visit CDH next week so this was a must win for any conference title hopes.  No food but the beverage counter is happy with a bottle of Sprite.  Minnesota-Duluth and the Coolest Guy In The NSIC in the house.  Augsburg looking on from the MIAC.  Roseville going with black and white striped warmup pants and had them tucked into their socks.  A very jail house look with the black warmup tops.  I think I can find a tune for that.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 148 (59 courts)

Beverage Consumption Counter: 1348.9 ounces (83 days, 116 games, 2 scrimmages added on)
  • Pepsi: 664 ounces
  • Coke: 192 ounces
  • Dr. Pepper: 48 ounces
  • Sprite: 160 ounces
  • Sierra Mist: 12 ounces
  • Barq's Root Beer: 20 ounces
  • A&W Root Beer: 36 ounces
  • Red Powerade: 100 ounces
  • 0 Calorie Fruit Punch Powerade: 20 ounces
  • Red Gatorade: 80 ounces
  • Water: 500 ml
Hot Dog Counter: 17

Song of the Day
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

Game Time:
The game basically even for the 1st 4 minutes.  Mitch Poss for 3 and Kobe Critchley gets the kind bounce on an NBA 3.  Sid Tomes with a jumper and a pair of free throws.  11-8 Roseville at the 14:36 mark.  Then the Raptors wings fall off.  Poss off the inbounds for 3 and another bomb.  Then he flares out the Swing Offense for his 4th bomb  Chris Spandino off the bench with 2 Roseville hoops.  Poss to the left hand for 2 and then his 5th triple.  Poss with 14 points and 4 bombs in the 24-5 Roseville run over 8 minutes.  35-13 Roseville running away with 6 minutes to go in the 1st half.  Sid Tomes doing his thing but getting no help.  51-27 Roseville at the half. 

Kobe Critchley 3 straight hoops, Poss again off the BLOB for 2.  Then East Ridge turnovers for a Jesper Horsted dunk and a Quinn Johnson layup to expand the lead to 35.  On the last turnover, the ball hits the official and stays in play.  A couple of other rebounds bounce around and end up in Raiders hands for bunnies.  That kind of night for East Ridge as almost nothing goes right.  84-42 when we get to the 8:55 mark on an Evan Jones 3.  The benches empty a couple of minutes later.  Roseville wins 89-49.

Post Game
Sid Tomes scored 29 points to lead East Ridge.  He did plenty of damage inside against the smaller Roseville guards.  But no help to be found as nobody else scores more than 6.  No energy, no good bounces, no shots going in, defense not there.  One of those burn the videotape games.  The Raptors are now 19-4 overall and 10-3 and 3rd place in the Suburban East.  The loss breaks a 6 game winning streak.  This does ruin their conference title hopes.  They likely would have been the 2 seed in 3AAAA with a win tonight and a win at CDH next week to win the league.  Now I don't see them getting above 3 even with a win at CDH next week.   Even with Eastview's loss tonight, East Ridge still has a chance to fall to 4.   The Raptors host White Bear Lake on Thursday before finishing up at CDH and home with Stillwater next week.

Roseville wins their 8th straight and 10 of 11 (CDH only loss) to keep their conference title hopes alive.  The Raiders are now 11-2 in the Suburban East (1 game back of CDH) and 19-4 overall.  Mitch Poss continues to make a ton of shots.  He knocks down 6 triples tonight on his way to 26 points.  Kobe Critchley adds 20 and Jesper Horsted scores 17.  Critchley had 3 or 4 tough shots go in as another sign that this night was going Roseville's way.  A couple of winnable games before closing it out at CDH next Friday.  That game will almost certainly be for the conference title in some shape or form.  Roseville is pretty locked into the 1 seed in a very competitive section 4AAAA.  But behind them you have 4 teams who will all be tough outs (all have at least 14 wins).  In both sections, expect a pair of outstanding semifinal games.

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