Centaurs with a holiday rally

Prologue
To Brooklyn Center for a very interesting non-conference matchup with Minneapolis Roosevelt.  A small but usually vocal crowd on hand.  Brooklyn Center concessions are a little sparse so nothing tonight.  As per request, we get the annual White Jacket game for Centaur coach Matt McCollister.  Head coaches from Lake Region and Central Lakes on hand to watch.  A random music selection for today features the late great Tom Petty.

Song of the Day: Last Night - Traveling Wilburys
Number of Teams I've Seen: 72 (47 games, 21 days, 17 buildings, 10 online)

Beverage Ticker: 312.9 ounces (3340 Calories)
  • 7 Up: 12 ounces (140 calories)
  • Coke: 52 ounces (620 calories) 
  • Pepsi: 84 ounces (1050 calories)
  • Sprite Zero: 20 ounces (0 calories) 
  • Sprite: 80.9 ounces (960 calories)
  • Red Powerade: 20 ounces (130 calories) 
  • Red Gatorade: 20 ounces (140 calories) 
Food Ticker:
  • Hot Dogs: 7
  • Walking Tacos:3
  • Pizza: 6
Game Time:
Offense incredibly hard to come back early on the game.  Brooklyn Center with only 1 FG in the 1st 6:40.  Nothing falling for the Centaurs.  Roosevelt not having any better luck.  Luke Barnes with the Teddies' 2nd field goal at 11:34 for a 6-2 lead.   The pace picks up and the Teddies add 7 in a row with 2 Deszi Sims hoops.  13-4 Roosevelt at 9:20.  Brooklyn Center finally gets some offense withe Qentrell Douglas scoring 3 of their next 4 FGs.  That pulls the Centaurs within 15-12 at 7:05, mini 8-2 spurt.  8th grader Muja Burton banks in a 3, Leo Buchwald steps back for 3 . Then Sims measures on the break and smashes a layup attempt.  He ends up finishing on the other end.  8-0 run and that forces a Centaurs timeout.  23-12 Roosevelt at 4:41.  Rudy Tahir with a triple from Lu'Cye Patterson and 4 free throws.  Patterson with a hoop and 2 FTs before sitting with 2 fouls.  That pulls BC within 27-23 at the half.

Brooklyn Center would get the lead to 1 on a Patterson hoop but he missed the FT to tie.  BC within 1 again before a Buchwald triple and 2 Sims hoops occur in an 8-0 Teddies run.  43-34 Roosevelt with 9:13 left.  Roosevelt turnover for a Patterson putback of his own miss.  That's countered by Luke Barnes making both ends of the bonus.  Tahir hoop countered by a Roosevelt putback.  Teddies up 51-43 inside 5 minutes left.

Then it all falls apart for Roosevelt.  Patterson with 3 free throws and Barnes fouls out on a charge.  A BC 3 point play countered by a Sims hoop keeps Roosevelt ahead 53-49 with 3:10 left.  Patterson with a 3 point play and Tahir makes 2 free throws on a turnover.  54-53 BC takes their 1st lead with 2:46 left.  Roosevelt misses a front end.  Then Tahir hits a NOOOOOOO 3 with 1:35 left.  Adreone Sprinkles and Patterson add buckets around a turnover.  Sims finally stops the bleeding but its too late.  The 18-2 run in under 4 minutes puts BC up 8 before the hoop with 42 seconds left.  Brooklyn Center wins 65-59.

Post Game
Deszi Sims leads Roosevelt with 24 points.  His block on the break was the highlight play of the night.  Leo Buchwald with 3 triples and 11 points.  But overall he was pretty quiet.  This is the 3rd straight loss for Roosevelt as they fall to 3-4 overall, 0-1 in the Minneapolis City.  Roosevelt is now the 1st team below .500 in section 6AAA which is the crazy stat of the day.  Roosevelt is off for the holidays.  They will host Jordan on January 4th.

Brooklyn Center improves to 6-1 overall with 6 home games already played. They'll play 2 testing games in the Minneapolis North holiday tourney next week.  Rudy Tahir leads the Centaurs with 21 points.  He made 10-12 FTs and 3 triples including the late dagger.  Lu'Cye Patterson had 18 points, 12 in the 2nd half.  Quentrell Douglas adds 8 points with 6 of those early to get the Centaurs offense started.  After scoring 43 points in the 1st 31:16, the Centaurs score 22 in the final 4:44.  Their defense is still vulnerable to attack by post players or on drives

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