A Crown Prince Roaming Weekend Rewind

After a long weekend visit from the Crown Prince, its back to the real world and status quo.  He drinks Pellegrino water faster than I drink Pepsi.  Plenty of good hoops on the docket to show him.  Not to mention the forever shootout in the Wild game vs the Ducks.  Here are some of the brief highlights of the games we saw plus my trip back to reality.

Thursday: Prior Lake 52 Edina 50
Story here was the front line of Prior Lake.  Robert Jones approached double digit blocks as he was swatting everything in sight.  Dawson Garcia struggled with his outside shot but had 18 points inside with no Edina answer.  Prior Lake would open a 15 point 2nd half lead but thanks to Luke Glenna the Hornets would rally with a 13-0 run to make it a game.  Then a quiet night for Anders Nelson ended with him missing an open chance to tie at the buzzer.  He made up for it with a school record 47 tonight in a win over Holy Family.  Glenna with a very nice outing of 22 points.

Friday: #2AAAA Hopkins 89 Wayzata 63
Wayzata would heat up early from 3 with 3 bombs in a 9-2 run to break a 10-10 tie.  Wayzata would end up with 7 3s in the half.  But the triples stopped falling.  That helped spark a 19-2 Hopkins run across halftime that would allow them to take control  The big frontline of Zeke Nnaji, Joe Hedstrom and Dane Zimmer would take over from there.  The Royals run away and hide in the 2nd half after leading by 7 at the break but were down 9 in the 1st half.  Nnaji wth 23, Zimmer with 19, Hedstrom with 9 as Wayzata had no answer.

Saturday: #2AA Minnehaha 79 #4AA Caledonia 75
Jalen Suggs with the best half of basketball I've seen from him all year in the 1st half.  That was answered by a big half from South Dakota State commit Owen King.  Caledonia hustle and working the offensive glass would keep them within shouting distance and a halftime buzzer beater cut the Minnehaha lead to 4 at the break.  Then a 16-1 Minnehaha run in the 2nd half without a Caledonia timeout until they broke the run.  Despite that Mokiller methodology, Caledonia would come all the way back and cut the margin to 2.  Jalen Suggs and JaVonni Bickham foul out late to make it real interesting.  Bickham's 8-8 free throws late were needed.  Noah King misses a late layup that would have cut the lead to 1 with 15 seconds left.  Jalen Suggs quiet in the 2nd half but still finished with 20 points, 6 rebs and 7 assists on my sheet.  Bickham adds 14.  Owen King was somewhat contained in the 2nd half but still finished with 27 points after 18 in the 1st half.

Tuesday: Nova Classical Academy 71 Christian Life 48
The Crown Prince's visit even had me drinking water for the night.  Christian Life could never really get any offense going.  Their matchup defense did cause some hassles but penetration was the answer to that.  Isaiah Boudreaux goes for 27 points, 17 in the 2nd half.  Forward Noah Olson gets a set of layups late to end up with 17.  Soph Jacob Kyllo with 3 triples and all 14 of his points in the 2nd half for Christian Life.  The Hawks only lose 1 member of their top 10.  Nova clinches the regular season TCAC D2 title outright with the win.  Christian Life will finish 2nd even if they lose to 3rd place Learning for Leadership on Thursday.

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