Its a fun Saturday of 4 games (1 girls so we skip that here) as everything is at or within walking distance of Dacha De Czar. Walking taco and Dominos pizza at a separate stand on the island. That will work. Plenty of Pepsi and cushy seats for me as well.
Game 1: Mounds View vs Baldwin-Woodville at Target Center
Baldwin-Woodville with a very young squad of 5 sophs and a freshman in their rotation. Their zone defenses no match for the hot shooting of the Mustangs. Mounds View knocks down 10 3s in the 1st half and 14 for the game. Nick McMillan with 5 of those to lead the way with 16 points, all in the 1st half. Brian Stone adds 14 from his forward spot and made an impact at the top of the Mounds View 1-3-1. But it was another odd front zone that just wasn't active. Swing swing, open shot after open shot for both teams vs the zones. Mounds View rolls 74-45.
Game 2: #2AAA Marshall at #5AAA Orono (online)
Marshall would jump out to a 9 point first half lead. Plus Orono had Jarvis Thomas saddled with 2 fouls. Griffin Sage giving Orono a boost off the bench. That helps cut the Marshall lead to 27-23 at the half. Orono would take the momentum in the 2nd half as they came out on a 16-5 run. A Jarvis Thomas tip dunk would extend the lead to 9. Marshall would make a 3 with 6:30 left to cut the margin to 6. But they only make 1 more field goal. Orono goes on to another very good win 57-45. They also beat #9AAAA New Prague last night. Max Bjorklund with his 5th straight 20 point game. He scores 20 to lead all scorers. Nobody else in double figures. Jarvis Thomas finishes with 5 points and 7 rebounds. Marshall effectively physical with him. Nebraska-Kearney commit Weston Baker Magrath 9 points with 4 blocks. Mitchell Sueker leads the Tigers with 16 points but shot 5-18 on my sheet.
Game 4: Cretin-Derham Hall at #1AAA De La Salle.
Then the full house on the island for the boys girls doubleheader between CDH and DLS. Lithgow and Why Ricky Why getting the duty. Minnesota assistant Ben Johnson looking on as well. Daniel Oturu patrolling the paint blocking 6 shots in the 1st half. Goanar Mar was the victim of many of those. De La Salle gets down 9-1 but goes down on a 12-0 run with Gabe Kalscheur scoring 7 of those. But they get outscored 14-5 in the last 6+ minutes and only make 1 FG. Oturu makes 2 free throws and a Jaeden King 3 to end the 1st half. 23-18 CDH at the break. Oturu with a jumper and dunk to push the lead to 8 early in the 2nd half. But De La Salle has another run in them. This one is 14-2 and the Islanders reclaim the lead. 33-29 DLS with 12:40 left. De La Salle's pressure really bothered CDH trying to get into offense. Mar with a steal for a dunk and Kalscheur with a steal that becomes 2 more. Ryan Larson counters with a drive and converts a turnover. Plus Oturu converts a turnover. Oturu puts back a miss for a 3 point play. CDH up by 4 inside 6 to play. Mar drifts the baseline for a 3 and later makes 2 free throws to tie the game at 51 inside 3 left.
De La Salle takes the lead as Mar finds Dominic Bledsoe on the flare screen for 3. Then a mad scramble for a rebound out around halfcourt. Its a big trainwreck as the ball gets tipped to the DLS end and Mar lays it in with 1:02 left for a 5 point Islander lead and that looks to be a dagger. Especially after Larson draws the dish and run over a defender charge with 52.6 left and fouls out. But Oturu gets a steal and dunk and then hits a jumper after another Islander turnover. De La Salle with a 3rd turnover. CDH takes time with 18 seconds left at halfcourt. They look to Oturu inside. He gets 1 touch and then gets it back on the left box. He got pushed off the block and as he tries to go baseline, he's on the endline with 7 seconds left. Bledsoe makes 2 free throws which renders Oturu's bucket at the buzzer meaningless. De La Salle hangs on for a tough 60-59 win. Daniel Oturu scoring at the rim and facing with jumpers. Also taking over the paint on defense. He finishes with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks. Soph Jaeden King with 3 3s and 13 points. Ryan Larson 12 points. Goanar Mar with 15 points to lead De La Salle. He was 5-17 FG on my sheet. But a surprising number of those were getting blocked (at least 5, mostly by Oturu) attacking the rim. Gabe Kalscheur adds 14 points, he also struggled from the floor at 5-14 FG. Dominic Bledsoe and Tyrell Terry chip in with 10 points each to help make up for the cold shooting.