Its a no event Saturday which means its time to tour the metro. The day started with a another metro west look. A cold walking taco still manages to supply calories there. Coke washes that down. Then its off to the northside for a class A showdown. Then its always a pleasure to catch an outstate game here and there. The Target Center supplies that with prep legend Joel McDonald on the bench.
Song of the Day
Garth Brooks - Thunder Rolls
Number of Teams I've Seen: 111 (39 courts, 2 new, 2 TV games, 70 varsity games)
Beverage Ticker: 420 ounces (3460 calories) + 5 liters (670 calories)
- Pepsi: 204 ounces (2300 Calories) + 1.5 liters (630 Calories)
- Coke: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
- Dr Pepper: 48 ounces (600 Calories)
- Sprite: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
- Water: 3 Liters + 120 ounces (0 Calories)
- Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories)
Pizza Ticker: 8
Walking Taco Ticker: 7
Game 1: Minneapolis Roosevelt at Robbinsdale Cooper
The surprising Hawks come in on a 9 game winning streak. They flipped the benches to the other side of the court which makes for a weird look. Cooper jumps out to a 10-3 lead with a couple of Nate Hill hoops. Roosevelt counters with an 18-2 run thanks to 10 from guard Martez Rodgers. That helps the Teddies to a 30-21 halftime lead. But their offense disappears in the 2nd half. After an opening 3 from Devon Hannah pushes the lead to 12, Cooper scores 25 of the next 29 points. Melvin Newbern was all over the offensive board. He scores 7 in a row early in the run. Then after Hill scores to put the Hawks back on top, its Newbern with the clutch putback for the 3 point play. That was right after Elijah Hannah fouled out for Roosevelt with 6:11 left. Newburn hits his free throws down the stretch to put it away. Cooper wins their 10th straight 53-41. Melvin Newburn with 28 points, 19 after halftime. Martez Rodgers 15 of his 19 in the 1st half for Roosevelt. 5 field goals was all the offense the Teddies could muster in the 2nd half.
Game 2: #3A Central MN Christian at #1A Minneapolis North
The Central Minnesota Christian fans turned out in force for this one. They ended up outnumbering the North fans and taking over the North student section. Impressive for a 2 hour trip on a cold weekend. The story of this one was turnovers. Jamil Jackson and Tyler Johnson running and dunking. Central Minnesota Christian would be within 23-20 at the 7:30 mark. But North would go on a 17-4 run thanks to a Tyler Johnson dunk and Isaac Johnson knocking down a pair of 3s. The lead was 20 at half and more of the same in the 2nd half. North wins 79-49. Tyler Johnson with 20 points, Jamil Jackson 15. Isaac Johnson 4 3s for 12. Ethan Brouwer leads CMCS with 14. Don't sleep on CMCS. They run really good halfcourt motion offense and will be a very tough out in section 3A. Plus they have 3 starters and 2 reserves coming back next year.
Game 3: Hibbing vs Zimmerman (at Target Center)
Its late night at Target Center with games running an hour behind for the last tip. Hibbing coach Joel McDonald is 1 only 9 players to score more than 3000 career points. He has the Bluejackets at 7-2 and fighting for a top seed in 7AAA. The Zimmerman Thunder have Thunder Heyer on the roster. You can't make this stuff up, how perfect. Now all we need is a tourney with the Chanhassen Storm, Eastview Lightning, Houston Hurricanes and Zimmerman and we have that element of the weather completely covered. This was one was very even throughout. Hibbing up 3 with about 4 minutes to go but Hibbing wouldn't score another field goal. Zimmerman finishes the game on a 14-1 run. Thunder Heyer leads all scorers with 17. Minot St commit Kody Dwyer 13 points and 8 boards on my sheet. Taylor McEachern adds 14. Not a good loss for Hibbing in terms of section seeding. Travis Carruth leads them with 13 points. But besides point guard Nate Stark who runs a good show for them, they have 4 starters coming back next year so the Bluejackets have plenty to look forward to.