To Hutton Arena at Hamline for the 2nd year of the Hutton Winter Classic. Day 1 features the same group of teams as last year. No food but I will do the Pepsi at the concession stand. Williston State and Lake Region looking on during the evening. Lithgow works the early game (sad Christmas gift) but the JMOA works the late game to make up for it.
Game 1: Minneapolis Henry vs Breck
Jordan Lynn scores the 1st 7 points of the game as Henry jumps out to a fast 9-0 lead. Henry's hustle and pressure making all the difference. Breck would pull to within 11-7. Henry goes on an 17-3 run from there to jump out to a 28-10 lead. Breck played the 2nd half of that run without star forward David Roddy. A terrible flop call in the post is a charge for his 2nd foul at the 9:26 mark and he sits the remainder of the half. Plus he was scoreless. Despite that, soph Joey Ganley scores 5 late points and Breck stays within 37-22 at the break. For the record, Lithgow was not the one who made the bad charge call. He was once again very tame after seeing him on opening night at Totino-Grace.
Eric McDavid runs the floor for a 3 point play at 12:42. That pulls Breck within 41-31. Soph Rashaud Rollins and Lynn make 3s. Then its Lynn with a steal for 2 then the assist to Rollins to convert another turnover. 12-4 Henry run and the lead is back to 18, 53-35, inside 8 minutes to play. Roddy would score 10 of the final 18 for Breck after that, but the end result is decided. Henry wins 77-53. David Roddy with all 16 of his points in the 2nd half to lead Breck. But not enough firepower around him with the young and inexperienced roster. Jordan Lynn with a high quality game of 23 points and a handful of assists to lead Henry. Guard Terell Smith with 13 of his 15 in the 1st half for the Patriots. Rashaud Rollins off the bench with 10 of his 12 points in the 2nd half.
Game 2: Wayzata vs North St. Paul
This one is all Wayzata early. Ryan Lindberg 2 3s, Ben Grosse drifts to the corner for another 3 and adds 3 the hard way. 16-2 Wayzata just over 5 minutes into the game. Gavin Baumgartner with 2 free throws, a nice tip dunk and 2 layups. Bryce Hempel with a block on 1 end and ends up with 2 freebies on the other. Wayzata stretches the lead to 18. North St. Paul scores 7 straight late before Lindberg beats the buzzer. 34-21 Wayzata at the half.
Another strong half start for Wayzata as Drew Galinson hits a 3, Lindberg and Baumgartner score and the lead is up to 20 in under 90 seconds. Baumgartner with a jumper and a dunk and the lead is 51-26 with 13 minutes left. That's a 17-5 run. North St. Paul would have 1 last run in them. Jaquas Towns with a 3 off a BLOB, Cahlil Golden fouled on a 3 for all 3 free throws and he adds a layup. Goodnews Kpegeol with 4 free throws. That's a 12-2 Polars run to pull within 15 inside of 11 minutes to play. Wayzata scores 10 of the next 14 to put it away. Wayzata wins 77-55. Gavin Baumgartner 18 points, Ryan Lindberg with 16 to lead the Trojans. Quality night for the group of Ben Grosse, Bryce Hempel and Mitchell Faust as they combine for 30 of the 32 bench points for Wayzata. Led by Gavin Baumgartner's defense, they hold Goodnews Kpegeol to 2 field goals and 10 points. Jaquas Towns with a nice night of 14 points to lead North St. Paul. Lonnie Thomas chips in with 10 off the bench.