Opening Friday takes me to The Sal in St. Paul for New Life Academy at CHOF. The always vocal CHOF fans not disappointing tonight. No worries about the food tonight as its the Downtowner Woodfire Grill with The Emperor and Her Majesty after the game. But a beverage is always mandatory so let's add more Gatorade to the tally. Interesting to see 9 seniors starting in an era where we see so many youngsters seeing time.
Song of the Day
The Eagles - Desperado
Number of Teams I've Seen: 16 (4 courts)
Beverage Ticker: 92 ounces (880 Calories)
12 days, 8 games, 2 scrimmages added on
- Pepsi: 40 ounces (500 calories)
- Red Gatorade: 52 ounces (380 calories)
Walking Taco Ticker: 1
The game starts quietly with New Life making 5 of 6 free throws early on. Kyle Kaemingk for 3 and he adds 2 more free throws off an offensive rebound. Meanwhile CHOF can't get anything to go in. Dillon Alleman finally breaks the opening 17-2 run with a 3 at the 9:25 mark. Only 1 tough contested jumper for CHOF before that. Kaemingk gets 3 layups, 2 from Adam Busch passes. Chris Ketema 2 free throws and a layup around a New Life triple and the lead is 30 just before the half. 48-22 at the break.
This one could easily have gotten way out of hand but Jackson Rohlf's shooting kept CHOF from seeing running time. He knocks down 3 bombs in the 1st 3 minutes of the 2nd half but the lead is still 57-35 for New Life. The lead teeters around 20 for about 10 more minutes. Drew Wynia with a handful of buckets inside late stretches the lead out. The game takes forever due to a ton of fouls and 58 combined free throw attempts. New Life wins 90-65.
CHOF falls to 0-1. Its no easier on Tuesday when they host another top MCAA team, Heritage. Jackson Rohlf leads all scorers with 7 triples and 28 on the night. Those points came off the bench. Dillon Allemon chips in with 15 points to lead the starters.
New Life is now 1-0. They will open their home slate with Humboldt on Tuesday. Then they'll visit Concordia on Friday. Kyle Kaemingk leads the Eagles with 22 points, 15 of those in the 1st half. Drew Wynia patrolling the paint with 14 of his 19 in the 2nd half. Chris Ketema with 14 points as well. He got the task of slowing down Rohlf in the 2nd half after the initial streak of 3s. Leading returning scorer Adam Busch held to 5 points with some early foul trouble.
This one was sloppy which is a bit understandable with this being each team's season opener. Not just because of the fouls. Lots of moments where the game felt like a youth game where a team would get a rebound and end up 3 on 1 the other way, miss the layup and the other team would come right back with the same thing. New Life wins the battle at the charity stripe going 23-31 compared to 9-27 for CHOF. That difference in makes was 16 to 2 in the 1st half. New Life's intensity level dropped in the 2nd half and allowed CHOF to keep a little drama for their crowd until late.