Its Mounds View again, but this time the Mustangs are on the road at Champlin Park in the 5AAAA semifinals. Great crowd on hand. Quality hot dog and the 1st Powerade of the season from the concession stand tonight.
Number of Teams I've Seen: 171 (65 courts, 2 new, 2 TV games, 141 varsity games)
Beverage Ticker: 910 ounces (8300 calories) + 9.7 liters (1370 calories)
- Pepsi: 432 ounces (4850 Calories) + 2 liters (840 Calories)
- Coke: 92 ounces (1080 Calories)+ 500 ml (200 Calories)
- Dr Pepper: 60 ounces (750 Calories)
- Mug Root Beer: 40 ounces (520 Calories)
- Sprite: 56 ounces (660 Calories) + 500 ml (200 Calories)
- Water: 6.2 Liters + 200 ounces (0 Calories)
- Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories) + 40 oz (160 calories)
- Powerade: 20 oz (130 Calories)
Pizza Ticker: 15
Walking Taco Ticker: 12
Pork Sandwich Ticker: 6
Zeke Thompson 6 early points for Mounds View as they jump out to a 14-9 advantage 6 minutes in. Champlin Park counters with an 11-2 run. Theo John starting that with a post up for a dunk and he adds a putback in the run as well. 20-16 Champlin Park inside 9 minutes left in the half. Then Nate Albers takes over with a 3, then he kicks out of the post for a 3. He makes a free throw and then back to back bombs as he contributes to all 13 points (10 scored, assisted on other 3) in a 13-4 run. McKinley Wright picking up his 2nd foul during the run but he has to come back in at the 4:26 mark before the game gets away. 29-24 Mounds View leading. Theo John in the post again and a tip in. Josiah Strong with a jumper and a steal that he finishes with a nice euro step. Thompson with a floater over John to finish the scoring in the half. 36-32 Mounds View at the break.
John with a free throw and a putback to keep Champlin Park within 5. 2 more Mounds View hoops countered by a Wright 3 point play. Thompson with a back cut on the baseline for an easy layup. 48-38 Mounds View with 10:14 left and the Rebels need a timeout. McKinley Wright then heats up while Nate Albers is ice cold. Wright drives for 2 and puts back a miss. Albers breaks a streak of 8 straight misses before Wright scores again. John and Wright each add a free throw. Then Wright scores again. 52-50 Mounds View with 4:24 left and they need a timeout. Champlin Park run is 10-2. Wright sits with his 4th foul with 3:53 left. John misses a front end but the Rebels get it back and Aaron Kloppner spins for 2. John then fouled inside and makes 2 free throws with 2:51 left to bring the game to even at 54. But Albers counters with a huge 3 and he is pumped up. Champlin Park takes a timeout and gets Wright back in the game with 2:34 left.
Champlin Park goes right inside to John who immediately scores. The Mustangs then hold and almost turn it over with 1:30 left. They take a timeout to save possession with 1:16 left. Steven Skwarek makes clutch bonus freebies with 52.7 left to push the lead back to 3. Wright puts back his own miss with 39.6 left. Lots of 1-4 low down the stretch with Wright crossing over to his left to finish or step back (mostly finish tonight). Mounds View misses a front end with 26 seconds left and here we go. We go flat again and Wright goes left again. He rises up from 10 feet and Albers with great defense to not foul just does get a piece of it. The jump ball goes to Mounds View with 8.7 left. Thompson makes 2 free throws. Champlin Park last chance is Wright pushing it straight to the top of the key, no Mounds View foul in this Foul or Defend situation. Wright raises up from at the top of the arc and its no good at the buzzer. Mounds View wins 61-58. The Mustangs will play Osseo in the 5AAAA championship Friday in Rogers.
Champlin Park finishes their season 21-7. McKinley Wright with 14 of his 19 in the second half to lead the Rebels. I liked the idea of using Marcus Hill and DJ Hunter (big athletic guys) on Albers and it proved fairly effective in the 2nd half. Then again the officials allowed them to mug people off the ball. But that's all the idea that they had for Thompson and Albers. They did get Theo John some post touches but with no guy over 6-3 playing (if you believe the roster sizes), demand a post touch on every possession. But only 1 senior graduates so expectations will be even higher next year.
Mounds View just continues to find ways to win. They are now 22-6. Nate Albers with another big night. He makes 5 3s and finishes with 24 points. I had him only 3-12 FGs in the 2nd half but he came up with the huge 3 once Champlin Park rallied from 10 down to tie it. Zeke Thompson adds 18. They made Champlin Park work for absolutely everything and hurt themselves with mistakes. Very patient offense and they got quality looks. Love the matchup with Osseo. Both teams grind you out defensively, take care of the ball to get quality shots and don't have a major post threat. Osseo deeper and more athletic but no Zach Theisen is a major loss of outside shooting for the Orioles. Kameron Bettie is my X-Factor in that game. He came up big in their win over Champlin Park taking advantage of their small lineup with Theo John in foul trouble.