On the first part of the journey, I was looking at all the games. There were parents and birds and game clocks and things. Its off to Breck for their opener against #8A Heritage. Biggest crowd I've ever seen in my games at Breck. Very vocal for the freshman and JV games too. No food and I continue to try the water theme for beverage. The Emperor and Her Majesty are in town so The Emperor makes a special guest appearance with me. Like any nobility, horses are a part of The Czar's culture. So between that, seeing Mustangs on this night and for Her Majesty who never gets enough credit here, here is today's tune.
Song of the Day
America - Horse with No Name
Number of Teams I've Seen: 4 (2 courts)
Beverage Ticker: 24 ounces (190 Calories) + 1 liter (0 calories)
2 days, 2 games, 2 scrimmages added on
- Pepsi: 12 ounces (150 Calories)
- Sprite: 12 ounces (140 Calories)
- Water (Aquafina): 500 ml (0 Calories)
- Water (Kirkland): 500 ml (0 Calories)
Pizza Ticker: 2
Breck sets the tone inside and does it immediately. Center Justin Bergerson with 2 hoops, frosh David Roddy for 2. Breck 6-0 in the 1st 1:35. Roddy with a putback and 2 free throws. Backup center Sam Willey off the pick and roll for 2 more. Timeout Heritage at 10:26. Roddy goes coast to coast with a rebound for 2 free throws. 19-7 Breck at 9:18. Heritage star CJ Woda finally gets a shot to go in as he banks in a 3 and Ben Allen follows that with a bomb of his own to force a Breck timeout. 19-13 Mustangs at the 8:28 mark.
That timeout works as the Mustangs go on a 11-2 run. Roddy still doing work inside with a putback and post score. During that run Woda had to sit with his 2nd foul. That run forces him to come back in as Heritage trails 30-15 just inside the 5 minute mark. Bergerson ended the run with bonus free throws and then adds 6 of the next 8 as the Breck lead balloons to 38-20 just before the half. New coach Marcus Hill goes deep into his bench to end the half. Heritage takes advantage and a turnover becomes a Zach Johansen 3 just before the buzzer. The 8-1 Eagles run cuts the Breck lead to 39-28 at the half. Bergerson and Roddy combine for 28 inside.
Woda puts back a miss with 14:40 left to cut the lead to 9. He puts back another miss as Heritage hangs around but then he has to sit with his 4th foul with 11:17 remaining. The lead goes back up to 16 thanks to Roddy. He makes a free throw off an offensive rebound and a nice dive vs the zone and Bergerson finds him for the layup. Textbook playing vs the zone. Tanner Scott makes a 3 and Johansen follows it. He has another 3 go in and out which would have cut the lead to 7.
Roddy hits the high post jumper to beat the zone again. Woda returns at the 6:23 mark and Heritage has only lost a point on the scoreboard but time is running out. 54-42 Breck leading at that point. Woda scores the next 8 Heritage points as the Eagles try to rally. Johansen with a drive for 2 more and the lead is down to 8 with 1:11 left. Breck runs out after a Heritage timeout and its a hard foul on the break. Breck will get free throws but they get a technical in the process. Breck makes 1 and we shoot at the other end. Johansen makes both technical free throws. Heritage with the ball down 7 and still 1:06 left. But Breck plays 30 seconds of great defense and Johansen misses a tough 3. Breck doesn't close it out well by missing 3 front ends in the last 30 seconds (plus a couple of turnovers and missed dunk after Woda came back) but they hang on to win 61-57,
CJ Woda leads Heritage with 25 points. He had 11 of the last 15 Heritage points after coming back in with 4 fouls. He struggled to finish against the Breck size early in the game but attacked late to keep Heritage in it. Zach Johansen with 4 3s and 16 points. Ben Allen and Jack Vander Top combine for 9. The Eagles will need more from those 2 to be the section contender that they expect to be. Heritage struggled with their shooting and had no match for the size or athleticism on Breck's front line. The Eagles are off until after Thanksgiving. They'll host Concordia and Maranatha to open December. Then a big matchup with #2A Central MN Christian on Dec 12th which unfortunately is not part of the Tip Off Classic.
Freshman David Roddy leads Breck with 16 of his 27 points in the first half. Not sure how well he projects long term in the basketball world, but the 6'3" forward showed he can play. He had an early rejection of a drive, a couple nice touch passes inside, handled the ball out on the floor and attacked the rim off the dribble and via offensive rebounding. He was their QB in football too and you'd never believe it by looking at him (built like a TE or LB). Center Justin Bergerson added 18 points. Both challenged shots at the rim, grabbed most of the rebounds and were far too much to handle. The Mustangs host Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday before starting a tough stretch where they have 6 out of 7 away from home during the rest of the calendar year. 3 of those are neutral site games.