Its the inaugural Hutton Winter Classic and the return of holiday basketball to historic Joe Hutton Arena at Hamline. This event is a new pre-Christmas event on the local schedule. Definitely a nice opening year for it with 2 ranked teams. They're looking to build this going forward in this interesting time slot on the schedule. A can of Pepsi washes down a quality slice of Topper's sausage pizza. Upper Iowa, Winona, RCTC and Lake Region just a few of those attending tonight.
Song of the Day
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock and Roll
Number of Teams I've Seen: 74 (26 courts, 2 new, 1 TV game)
Beverage Ticker: 224 ounces (1790 calories) + 4 liters (250 calories)
30 days (25 possible game days), 39 games, 2 scrimmages added on, includes 1 TV replay
- Pepsi: 96 ounces (1200 Calories) + 500 ml (210 Calories)
- Dr Pepper: 36 ounces (450 Calories)
- Sprite: 12 ounces (140 Calories)
- Water: 3 Liters + 80 ounces (0 Calories)
- Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories)
Pizza Ticker: 8
Walking Taco Ticker: 4
Game 1: #10AAA Minneapolis Henry vs Breck
The start is very slow. Then Breck center Justin Bergerson has to sit with his 2nd foul barely 4 minutes into the game. Breck frosh David Roddy with 2 nice inside hoops and a free throw. 15-12 Breck at the 5:30 mark. Savion Scott with 2 bombs, a putback and a runout as Henry runs off 17 of 21 points. They pushes Henry to a 31-21 lead at half.
5 in a row from Breck early in the half and the Henry lead is down to 8. Then Julian Jackson off a BLOB for 2 and a layup off textbook zone offense. Jordan Lynn hits a free throw and then a 3 and the lead is 15. Lamar Wood blocks a shot, cradles it and falls out of bounds all in 1. He'll score on the other end. Turnover for a Scott layup and Julian Jackson in the post. The Henry run is 16-5 over 6 minutes. 50-31 Patriots almost midway thru the 2nd half. Northwestern football commit Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman with the emphatic dunk for Breck off the give and go. Then a Henry turnover and Breck misses the layup. A Breck 3 cuts it to 11 inside of 7 to play. Henry runs away from there to win 71-46. Julian Jackson leads Henry with 19, Savion Scott 18. David Roddy 12 to lead Breck. Henry is now 7-1. Breck falls to 4-4.
Game 2: #6AA St. Paul Academy vs North St. Paul
New SPA coach Isaiah Walfred taking on his old school in this one. Interesting to see SPA start with the DDM type action but then revert to some old Princeton stuff (e.g chin) that Walfred ran in his NSP days. Josh Steckler sick for NSP so he seems limited action. Its 6 all early and then a 23-0 run from SPA as the Polars can't buy a shot. SPA making it a layup drill on the other end getting anything they want. 29-6 at the 5:55 mark after a Kent Hanson 3 ends the run. But don't discount The Fighting Janquarts! NSP uses their better athleticism to jump back into the game via a 16-2 run. Adrian Wadlington runs for a 3 point play and drives for 2, sophs Bryce Phillips and Goodnews Kpegeol each with bombs. Termaine Daniels finishes the run with a drive and a 3. Dalante Peyton stops the run with a long 3 to beat the halftime buzzer. 34-22 SPA at the break.
Kimari Suggs-Morgan hoop and harm, Jake Weber with the lefty 2 out of the post and a Jaquas Towns 3. The 23 point lead is now down to 41-37 with 10 minutes left. Tommy Dicke with 2 important 3s for SPA to push the lead to 8. Daniels for 3 countered by Dalante Peyton's only hoop of the half (a 3). Phillips for 3 to cut the lead to 7 but SPA spreads the floor and they win 57-48. Termaine Daniels 17 to lead North St. Paul. Emerson Egly playing inside this year scores 15. Kent Hanson adds 13. If NSP makes a shot early or guards anything, they win this one easily. Their athletes really bothered SPA with pressure. SPA improves to 8-2. North St. Paul sees a 4 game winning streak snapped and they fall to 6-3.