Saturday marked the 11th Annual Border Battle between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Solid crowds on hand all day. That included a very nice crowd of red to see Wisconsin recruits matchup. Here are some of the sights and sounds.
Game 1: #3 D5 Marshfield Columbus 96 #7A Springfield 83
Columbus couldn't get anything going in the 1st 10 minutes but they were still able to hang around to within 22-18. Then they changed the game with a 2-3 halfcourt zone trap. They ran off 11 straight using that defense to reclaim the lead. Leading scorer Hunter Schultz got hot in tandem with that and Columbus would jump out to an 11 point lead at the half. Isaac Fink had a big first half for Springfield but his teammate Tanner Vogel was held to 2 points. They regroup in the 2nd half and rally to tie the game at 62 with 8:50 left. Columbus would hit 4 straight 3s to push the lead to 10. The lead was down to 6 but Schultz puts the game away with 2 more 3s and a bucket. Hunter Schultz finishes with 30 points, Tyler Feurlinger 27, Nick Malovrh 19. They combine for 11 of the 13 Dons triples. Columbus very good offensive team in their dribble drive system. Sophomore Isaac Fink leads Springfield with 30 points along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Tanner Vogel had 19 of his 21 in the 2nd half.
Game 2: #1AA Minnehaha Academy 81 Prescott 73
Minnehaha with 3 steals for dunks or layups in the 1st 3 minutes. JoVanni Bickham adds 2 3s as Minnehaha jumps out to a 16-7 lead. After a rought start, Prescott star Owen Hamilton (N Illinois commit) would heat up with an inside hoop, dunk and smooth 3 to pull the Cardinals within 26-20 at the 7:30 mark. Minnehaha would go on a 14-2 run to bust the game open. Kaden Johnson with the 1st 8 points of the run. That would propel the Redhawks to a 47-25 halftime lead. Lorenzo Smith with his 3rd and 4th bombs of the day and a Bickham putback and the rout is on 63-37. But Prescott didn't know that. They hit a 3 then its Hamilton to the reverse and a 3 point play. Bickham with the 3 off the UCLA screen and makes bonus free throws after the 5th on Hamilton with 2:51 to go. Minnehaha up 75-63. But in the blink of an eye its Petey Brookshaw with a hoop and then he steals an inbounds after a Brian Tayson 3 and scores. 75-70 with 2 minutes left after an 11-2 Prescott run. Minnehaha takes 2 quick shots and misses. Brookshaw has a 3 go around and out with a minute left. Jalen Suggs with a very quiet day as he picked up his 4th foul with 15 minutes left. But he makes 4 bonus free throws and has a steal for a dunk in the last 46.4 to put the game away. JaVonni Bickham with one of the best games I've seen from him. He finishes with 30 points and 4 triples. Freshman Kaden Johnson with 14 of his 18 in the 1st half. Jalen Suggs finishes with 14 points (5-14 FG). Owen Hamilton 27 points and 9 rebounds. Petey Brookshaw 16 points and 11 rebounds as well for Prescott.
Game 3: #10AAAA Tartan 80 Whitefish Bay 53
Siena commit Jordan Horn hot right out of the gate as he scores the 1st 8 for Tartan Whitefish Bay would go up 14-12 but all Tartan after that. Horn with a fadeaway and 4 free throws. Then Noah Whalen and Kingston Myles hit 3s to finish the 12-0 Tartan run. The lead would get down to 7 but Tartan kept pouring it on. Horn another 3, 3 3s from Jordan Thompson and another Horn triple. 46-29 Tartan at the half. Horn with a 3 and a driving hoop to bookend a 9-0 run in the 2nd half. 60-33 with 15 minutes left Nothing of note after that. Jordan Horn finishes with 25 points, 20 in the 1st half. He nailed 5 threes. Nice minutes for Damien Goergen off the bench inside, 11 points for him. Xavier Johnson with 13 points to lead Whitefish Bay.
Game 4: #7AAAA Cretin-Derham Hall 71 #3 D1 Stevens Point 68
Beau Rosenthal with 10 of the 1st 12 for Stevens Point. The Panthers would open a 24-16 lead. CDH would get 2 hoops each from Jake Prince and Ryan Larson in an 8-0 run to tie it. Stars Daniel Oturu and Joey Hauser trade the last 4 buckets of the half. 35-32 CDH at the half. Oturu with a putback and fouled. Then he scores on an inbounds and a swat of Hauser. That turns into a triple on the other end. Ryan Larson with a steal for 2. Oturu with a tip dunk. 50-38 CDH with 12:40 left after the 11-0 run. Hauser tries to bring the Panthers back with 2 3s and a pair of free throws. 63-58 CDH with 2:34 left. Oturu with bonus free throws and a dunk. Hauser with a jumper and a 3 at the buzzer but the comeback falls short. Daniel Oturu with 30 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks on my sheet. He rejected Hauser at the rim on now fewer than 3 occasions. Joey Hauser with 22 points and 11 rebounds on my sheet. But he didn't shoot it well from the floor and didn't have one of his better games. Ryan Larson chips in with 16 points for CDH and his quickness was a menace. Drew Blair added 17 points for Stevens Point.
Game 5: #1AAA De La Salle 97 Kaukauna 65
This game was over almost at the tip. Dom Bledsoe and Tyrell Terry for 3. Goanar Mar converts a turnover into a layup. Gabe Kalscheur finishes the 13-0 start with a 3 of his own. The 3s keep coming. Bledsoe in transition, Kalscheur off an offensive board and Mar. Sage Booker runs for a 3 point play. Kalscheur drives and scores and Bledsoe cuts for a layup. 33-12 DLS after a 10-0 run. No number of timeouts for Kaukauna helps. The lead is 27 at half and Kaukauna doesn't have a 2 point field goal. De La Salle cruises from there. Gabe Kalscheur with 21 of his 25 in the 1st half, 3 triples. Goanar Mar adds 21 and 9 rebounds for the Islanders. Eric Carl with 5 3s on his way to 23 points to lead Kaukauna. Jordan McCabe with a forgettable 19 point day on 5-24 shooting and a handful of turnovers.
Game 6: #3AAAA Lakeville North 98 #1 D1 La Crosse Central 83
The showcase of Wisconsin recruits did not disappoint. Both would have big nights but it was the balance from Lakeville North that made the difference. Panthers have 5 others go for 9 or more points. Central with only 1 other player with more than 9 points. Kobe King would go bonkers with 49 points and 14 boards on 17-28 FGs. That included 21 of the last 28 points plus an assist on a 3 in that. But 19 points was too big of a hole to dig out of. Nate Reuvers with 33 points (20 1st half), 8 rebounds and 4 blocks on 14-22 FGs. Ethan Igbanugo with 14 of his 18 after the half along with great defense. Bailey Kale held to 11 for Central. After King, the rest of the Central roster shot 12-35 from the floor. Lakeville North shot a ridiculous 41-68 from the floor including 70% from 2.
Game 7: #5AAAA Apple Valley 66 #10 D1 Milwaukee Riverside 46
Apple Valley couldn't buy an outside shot early on. That would allow Riverside to jump out to an 16-11 lead. The Eagles would try anybody and everybody against the 2-3 zone. Mohamed Kone with a pair of hoops. Ely Hendrickson with a hoop and a triple to give Apple Valley their only lead of the 1st half. But Riverside scores the last 4 of the half to take a 28-25 lead to halftime. The 2nd half is all Apple Valley. Hendrickson with 3 bombs and Spencer Rolland with a layup. Then Tre Jones with the swat and rebound. He pushes it and finds Rolland for another layup. That great sequence is the highlight in the 21-4 run to start the half. Terrence doesn't score in the 2nd half until inside the 7 minute mark. He adds another hoop to keep Riverside within 48-39 with 5:40 left. Kone and Jones score. Nathan Macho with a 3 point play and 2 more Kone hoops. Macho puts back a miss. Jones misses the front end but Riverside is asleep and Rolland puts back that miss. That 15-0 run resolves any doubts. Tre Jones cold shooting but finishes with 12 points, 10 boards and 10 assists. Mohamed Kone and Eli Hendrickson with 14 points each to lead the Eagles. Kone has been a revelation for the Eagles this season. Outside of Ely Hendrickson, Apple Valley was 1-16 from 3. Terrence Lewis finishes with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead Riverside. The rest of the Riverside roster shoots 11-30.
The Overall Series
Minnesota now leads the overall series 40-24. Minnesota teams have won 17 of the last 19 games played overall (3 events). Minnesota teams have also won 22 of the last 23 played in Minnesota going back to 2011 at St. Cloud Tech. The series returns to Wisconsin next year at Stevens Point.
Czar's All Border Battle team
Gabe Kalscheur - De La Salle
JaVonni Bickham - Minnehaha
Isaac Fink - Springfield
Owen Hamilton - Prescott
Jordan Horn - Tartan
Tre Jones - Apple Valley
Kobe King - La Crosse Central
Daniel Oturu - Cretin-Derham Hall
Nate Reuvers - Lakeville North
Hunter Schultz - Marshfield Columbus