Mercy Rule Misery

A triple dip this week of 40 point blowouts followed by cold and an avalanche of snow.  Brief thoughts on those.

Monday: Minnehaha 101 Breck 52
No Chet Holmgren or Jalen Suggs plus Hercy Miller off the bench.  No problem.  The 1st 10+ of this game were close as Breck was within 29-27 at the 7:45 mark of the 1st half.  Minnehaha breaks it open with a 16-3 run. Terry Lockett with a bucket, triple and assist in that run.  The lead is 20 at the break and its blowout city in the 2nd half with a 10-1 run to start the half.  Hercy Miller with 17 points off the bench.  Isaiah Davis productive with 16 points.  Donovan Smith 5 3s for 15.  Minnehaha running him off baseline screens for 3s vs the Breck zone defense.  Andy Ott 3 triples and 11 points to lead Breck.  That's the start of a 4 game week for Minnehaha with the final 2 games at #1AA Caledonia on Friday and #2 D1 Madison LaFollette in the Midwest Players Classic in La Crosse on Saturday.

Tuesday: Washington 89 Como Park 49
Drew White got it going early for Washington with 20 of his 27 points in the 1st half.  That helped the offense with Zaveon Smith sitting with 3 fouls for the last 5 min of the 1st half.  Andreas Green with 5 3s in the game for 17 points.  Como Park doesn't get anyone to double figures.  Soph G Donnell Gibson with 9 points to lead the Cougars.  Washington able to get out and run and be able to create in the half court.  Too easy for the Eagles against the young Cougars.

Wednesday: Metro Schools College Prep 75 Academy for Sciences & Agriculture 31
A quiet schedule night means a trip just out of downtown Minneapolis to Metro Schools College Prep (MSCP) where they took on former TCAC foe AFSA.  MSCP with a bunch of interchangeable wing parts with some athleticism plus a couple useful inside pieces.  AFSA very undermanned as shown by their 1 win record.  A 19-6 run to end the 1st half over the last 7 minutes breaks open a 2 point game.  The 2nd half is transition buckets off turnovers and we get to running time.  No rosters available but all MSCP players ended up in the scoring column.

January 12th, 2020 CzarPI

This is the 2nd CzarPI of the 2019-20 season (see CzarPI Explained Here).  It includes games through Saturday, January 11th, 2020.  The value in () after the CzarPI value is the team's strength of schedule ranking within their class.

Class AAAA
  1. Eden Prairie - 63.57 (14) 0-0 vs higher, 12-0 vs lower
  2. Lakeville South - 59.39 (37) 0-0 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  3. Cretin-Derham Hall - 58.03 (30) 0-1 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  4. Eastview - 57.01 (44) 0-1 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  5. Cambridge-Isanti - 56.86 (49) 0-1 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  6. Robbinsdale Armstrong - 56.75 (53) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  7. Mounds View - 55.94 (60) 0-0 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  8. Chaska - 55.74 (23) 0-2 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  9. Spring Lake Park - 55.65 (45) 1-1 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  10. Maple Grove - 55.23 (47) 0-1 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  11. Shakopee - 55 (32) 0-2 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  12. Tartan - 54.77 (62) 0-0 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  13. Hopkins - 54.27 (17) 2-2 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  14. East Ridge - 53.99 (12) 0-2 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  15. Duluth East - 53.89 (50) 0-2 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  16. Prior Lake - 53.79 (8) 2-2 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  17. Robbinsdale Cooper - 53.4 (20) 0-2 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  18. Woodbury - 53.14 (10) 0-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  19. Rochester Mayo - 52.98 (16) 1-2 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  20. Park Center - 52.21 (34) 2-3 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  21. Irondale - 52.06 (51) 1-3 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  22. Lakeville North - 51.76 (2) 0-5 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  23. Moorhead - 51.69 (38) 2-1 vs higher, 5-4 vs lower
  24. Champlin Park - 50.73 (9) 3-4 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  25. Rochester Century - 50.58 (27) 1-4 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  26. Minnetonka - 49.11 (15) 1-4 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  27. Hastings - 48.77 (57) 2-1 vs higher, 3-3 vs lower
  28. Rochester John Marshall - 47.87 (24) 1-5 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  29. Farmington - 47.84 (59) 1-2 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  30. North St. Paul - 47.71 (4) 2-6 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  31. Buffalo - 46.83 (52) 0-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  32. St. Michael-Albertville - 45.93 (58) 0-3 vs higher, 7-2 vs lower
  33. Rosemount - 45.76 (35) 1-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  34. Edina - 45.43 (41) 1-5 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  35. Osseo - 45.13 (18) 1-4 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  36. Burnsville - 44.29 (3) 1-5 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  37. Forest Lake - 44.17 (40) 1-5 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  38. Eagan - 44.13 (36) 2-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  39. Stillwater Area - 44.08 (22) 0-5 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  40. Rogers - 43.52 (39) 2-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  41. White Bear Lake - 43.06 (48) 2-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  42. Bloomington Jefferson - 42.52 (43) 1-5 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  43. Owatonna - 42.07 (26) 1-5 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  44. Blaine - 41.92 (55) 1-4 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  45. Roseville - 41.36 (13) 3-7 vs higher, 0-2 vs lower
  46. Brainerd - 41.12 (31) 2-6 vs higher, 1-2 vs lower
  47. Minneapolis Southwest - 40.86 (61) 1-6 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  48. Northfield - 40.12 (19) 2-7 vs higher, 1-2 vs lower
  49. Minneapolis Washburn - 40.03 (56) 1-5 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  50. Apple Valley - 38.84 (5) 2-9 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  51. Wayzata - 38.17 (1) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  52. Elk River - 37.92 (21) 2-6 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  53. New Prague - 36.96 (54) 2-8 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  54. Coon Rapids - 36.69 (6) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  55. Anoka - 36.68 (42) 3-8 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  56. Andover - 36.63 (25) 2-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  57. Chanhassen - 35.13 (7) 2-10 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  58. St. Louis Park - 33.97 (46) 2-8 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  59. Park of Cottage Grove - 29.81 (29) 0-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  60. St. Paul Central - 28.57 (11) 1-8 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  61. Minneapolis South - 28.3 (28) 1-8 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  62. Centennial - 0 (33) 0-11 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
Class AAA
  1. DeLaSalle - 59.3 (26) 0-0 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  2. St. Cloud Apollo - 58.97 (27) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  3. Marshall - 58.86 (31) 0-0 vs higher, 12-1 vs lower
  4. Mankato East - 58.66 (30) 1-1 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  5. Delano - 58.2 (17) 1-0 vs higher, 9-2 vs lower
  6. Princeton - 54.9 (20) 1-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  7. Columbia Heights - 54.44 (36) 0-0 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  8. Austin - 54.19 (60) 0-0 vs higher, 11-1 vs lower
  9. St. Croix Lutheran - 54.03 (16) 1-2 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  10. Grand Rapids - 53.43 (49) 0-2 vs higher, 11-1 vs lower
  11. Minnehaha Academy - 53.33 (34) 1-2 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  12. Waconia - 52.92 (38) 0-3 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  13. St. Peter - 52.18 (35) 0-3 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  14. Byron - 52.01 (5) 2-4 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  15. Bemidji - 51.53 (13) 1-3 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  16. Holy Angels - 51.17 (50) 0-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  17. Bloomington Kennedy - 51 (56) 1-2 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  18. Mound Westonka - 50.47 (15) 1-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  19. Hibbing - 50.26 (42) 1-3 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  20. Alexandria - 50.12 (47) 1-2 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  21. Rocori - 49.59 (25) 2-4 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  22. Totino-Grace - 49.45 (28) 2-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  23. Minneapolis Henry - 49.23 (62) 2-2 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  24. Sartell-St. Stephen - 49.21 (44) 1-3 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  25. Kasson-Mantorville - 49.04 (45) 2-2 vs higher, 5-3 vs lower
  26. Winona - 48.54 (10) 1-4 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  27. Hutchinson - 47.85 (54) 1-3 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  28. South St. Paul - 47.56 (63) 1-3 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  29. Hermantown - 47.01 (32) 1-4 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  30. St. Paul Johnson - 45.9 (24) 2-5 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  31. Detroit Lakes - 45.58 (33) 1-4 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  32. Richfield - 45.34 (59) 1-3 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  33. Becker - 45.13 (48) 1-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  34. Worthington - 45.09 (12) 2-4 vs higher, 2-3 vs lower
  35. Mankato West - 44.88 (22) 3-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  36. St. Anthony Village - 44.44 (64) 0-1 vs higher, 8-3 vs lower
  37. Little Falls - 44.17 (7) 1-5 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  38. Orono - 43.97 (2) 3-9 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  39. Simley - 43.26 (41) 1-6 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  40. Mahtomedi - 43.14 (58) 3-3 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  41. Minneapolis Edison - 42.13 (65) 1-1 vs higher, 5-3 vs lower
  42. North Branch - 42.11 (14) 1-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  43. Benilde-St. Margaret's - 41.28 (3) 2-10 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  44. Zimmerman - 40.5 (37) 2-6 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  45. St. Paul Highland Park - 39.92 (43) 1-6 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  46. Big Lake - 39.91 (8) 2-6 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  47. Sauk Rapids-Rice - 39 (19) 1-8 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  48. Monticello - 38.78 (39) 2-5 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  49. Cloquet - 38.21 (1) 1-8 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  50. Albert Lea - 36.98 (57) 1-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  51. Hill-Murray - 36.14 (46) 2-7 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  52. Red Wing - 35.9 (6) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  53. New Ulm - 35.35 (21) 2-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  54. Fridley - 35.05 (61) 1-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  55. Willmar - 34.92 (40) 2-9 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  56. St. Paul Harding - 34.18 (51) 2-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  57. St. Francis - 32.78 (55) 1-9 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  58. Faribault - 29.35 (18) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  59. St. Thomas Academy - 27.01 (4) 1-10 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  60. St. Cloud Tech - 26.55 (9) 1-11 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  61. Henry Sibley - 26.55 (52) 2-12 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  62. Duluth Denfeld - 25.56 (11) 1-12 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  63. Chisago Lakes Area - 24.39 (29) 1-10 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  64. Minneapolis Roosevelt - 0 (23) 0-14 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  65. St. Paul Como Park - 0 (53) 0-8 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
Class AA
  1. Caledonia - 61.49 (40) 0-0 vs higher, 12-0 vs lower
  2. Perham - 61.34 (43) 0-0 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  3. Stewartville - 59.5 (12) 0-0 vs higher, 10-2 vs lower
  4. Osakis - 59.33 (47) 0-0 vs higher, 11-1 vs lower
  5. St. Croix Prep - 59.29 (79) 1-0 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  6. Lake City - 58.4 (42) 0-1 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  7. Minnesota Valley Lutheran - 58.02 (59) 0-0 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  8. Waseca - 57.33 (8) 1-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  9. Virginia - 56.91 (81) 0-0 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  10. Albany - 56.8 (15) 1-0 vs higher, 7-3 vs lower
  11. Litchfield - 56.74 (39) 0-0 vs higher, 10-2 vs lower
  12. Rockford - 56.34 (60) 0-0 vs higher, 10-2 vs lower
  13. Melrose - 56.24 (16) 2-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  14. Annandale - 56.19 (76) 0-1 vs higher, 8-0 vs lower
  15. Eden Valley-Watkins - 56.08 (80) 2-1 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  16. La Crescent-Hokah - 55.67 (74) 0-0 vs higher, 9-2 vs lower
  17. East Grand Forks - 55.61 (112) 0-0 vs higher, 8-0 vs lower
  18. Redwood Valley - 55.18 (22) 0-1 vs higher, 9-2 vs lower
  19. Jackson County Central - 55.16 (65) 1-1 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  20. Minneapolis North - 55.16 (1) 1-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  21. Barnesville - 54.81 (58) 0-1 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  22. Goodhue - 54.49 (73) 0-1 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  23. Plainview-Elgin-Millville - 53.99 (46) 1-2 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  24. Rochester Lourdes - 53.55 (35) 1-1 vs higher, 6-3 vs lower
  25. Greenway - 53.41 (25) 0-1 vs higher, 7-2 vs lower
  26. Pine City - 52.85 (123) 1-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  27. Minnewaska Area - 52.81 (49) 2-2 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  28. Concordia Academy - 52.42 (55) 0-3 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  29. Moose Lake-Willow River - 52.24 (83) 1-2 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  30. Blake - 52.24 (114) 0-0 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  31. Pelican Rapids - 51.96 (69) 0-3 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  32. Twin Cities Academy/Great River - 51.9 (124) 0-0 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  33. Fergus Falls - 51.74 (99) 0-0 vs higher, 8-3 vs lower
  34. Crosby-Ironton - 51.4 (98) 0-1 vs higher, 9-2 vs lower
  35. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton - 51.28 (68) 1-3 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  36. Esko - 50.94 (71) 2-2 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  37. Pequot Lakes - 50.91 (66) 2-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  38. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - 50.74 (21) 1-3 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  39. St. Charles - 50.71 (3) 1-5 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  40. Cannon Falls - 50.67 (57) 0-4 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  41. Lewiston-Altura - 50.56 (45) 0-3 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  42. St. Paul Academy - 50.47 (115) 0-1 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  43. Pierz - 50.45 (103) 1-2 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  44. Mora - 50.35 (102) 0-1 vs higher, 6-3 vs lower
  45. Pine Island - 50.17 (41) 4-4 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  46. Maranatha Christian - 50.13 (2) 0-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  47. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton - 50.03 (121) 0-1 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  48. Spectrum - 49.54 (30) 1-2 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  49. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 49.01 (78) 0-2 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  50. Blue Earth Area - 48.97 (14) 1-4 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  51. Watertown-Mayer - 48.83 (94) 1-1 vs higher, 6-3 vs lower
  52. Benson - 48.46 (91) 1-4 vs higher, 8-0 vs lower
  53. Holy Family Catholic - 48.3 (84) 1-3 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  54. Paynesville Area - 47.45 (95) 2-3 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  55. Fairmont - 47.42 (50) 0-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  56. Dover-Eyota - 47.11 (26) 2-4 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  57. Zumbrota-Mazeppa - 46.87 (7) 2-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  58. International Falls - 46.38 (110) 0-2 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  59. Glencoe-Silver Lake - 46.37 (104) 0-4 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  60. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City - 46.18 (9) 3-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  61. Pipestone Area - 46.1 (28) 1-4 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  62. St. Cloud Cathedral - 45.64 (24) 1-4 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  63. St. Paul Humboldt - 45.54 (117) 0-2 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  64. Thief River Falls - 45.39 (93) 0-2 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  65. Jordan - 45.23 (107) 1-4 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  66. Sauk Centre - 45.12 (17) 3-5 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  67. Proctor - 44.62 (6) 2-7 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  68. Belle Plaine - 44.14 (106) 0-5 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  69. Kimball Area - 43.47 (48) 1-3 vs higher, 2-3 vs lower
  70. Providence Academy - 43.13 (44) 2-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  71. Milaca - 43.1 (52) 1-5 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  72. Holdingford - 43.07 (51) 1-5 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  73. Frazee - 42.74 (88) 0-3 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  74. Aitkin - 42.51 (89) 1-6 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  75. Triton - 42.5 (63) 1-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  76. Bagley - 42.32 (92) 0-4 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  77. Luverne - 42.09 (37) 2-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  78. New London-Spicer - 42 (11) 2-8 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  79. Duluth Marshall - 41.99 (119) 1-2 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  80. Breckenridge - 41.9 (4) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  81. Dassel-Cokato - 41.89 (77) 2-5 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  82. Maple River - 41.83 (101) 1-5 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  83. Hawley - 41.79 (27) 1-6 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  84. Hiawatha Collegiate - 41.79 (125) 0-1 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  85. St. Agnes - 41.65 (105) 1-4 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  86. Menahga - 41.35 (100) 1-5 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  87. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton - 40.67 (108) 1-3 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  88. Brooklyn Center - 40.64 (64) 1-5 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  89. Pillager - 40.43 (53) 1-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  90. Sibley East - 40.23 (70) 1-6 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  91. Warroad - 40.01 (67) 1-5 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  92. New Life Academy - 39.83 (36) 1-6 vs higher, 2-3 vs lower
  93. Cristo Rey Jesuit - 39.6 (33) 2-6 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  94. St. James Area - 39.22 (62) 1-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  95. Wadena-Deer Creek - 38.99 (96) 1-5 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  96. St. Paul Washington - 38.91 (90) 1-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  97. Rush City - 38.91 (85) 1-5 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  98. Southwest Christian - 38.39 (116) 2-4 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  99. Crookston - 38.25 (13) 2-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  100. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 37.85 (75) 2-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  101. LeSueur-Henderson - 37.43 (111) 2-6 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  102. Maple Lake - 36.99 (54) 2-6 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  103. Mounds Park Academy - 36.69 (109) 0-6 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  104. Royalton - 36.54 (23) 2-8 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  105. Medford - 36.49 (56) 0-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  106. Metro Schools College Prep - 35 (118) 0-3 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  107. Eveleth-Gilbert - 32.96 (72) 1-7 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  108. Nova Classical Academy - 32.36 (120) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  109. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial - 32.22 (82) 1-7 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  110. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 32.2 (32) 2-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  111. Mesabi East - 29.88 (97) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  112. Staples-Motley - 29.63 (87) 0-8 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  113. Chatfield - 29.62 (5) 1-10 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  114. Roseau - 28.66 (34) 1-10 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  115. Foley - 28.53 (38) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  116. Windom Area - 26.15 (20) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  117. New Richland-H-E-G - 25.62 (86) 1-9 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  118. Breck - 24.55 (31) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  119. Two Harbors - 24.34 (18) 0-12 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  120. Math and Science Academy - 23.46 (122) 0-5 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  121. Park Rapids Area - 21.92 (61) 0-11 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  122. Montevideo - 0 (10) 0-12 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  123. Winona Cotter/Hope Lutheran - 0 (19) 0-10 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  124. Norwood-Young America - 0 (29) 0-12 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  125. Tri-City United - 0 (113) 0-11 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
Class A
  1. BOLD - 63.42 (8) 0-0 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  2. Fertile-Beltrami - 58.61 (83) 0-0 vs higher, 12-0 vs lower
  3. Henning - 58.26 (36) 0-1 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  4. Nevis - 57.92 (56) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  5. Springfield - 57.76 (47) 1-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  6. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 57 (59) 0-1 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  7. West Central Area - 56.69 (63) 0-1 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  8. Lac qui Parle Valley - 56.51 (37) 0-0 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  9. New Ulm Cathedral - 56.16 (78) 1-1 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  10. Ada-Borup - 55.22 (72) 0-1 vs higher, 8-0 vs lower
  11. Southwest MN Christian - 54.37 (146) 0-0 vs higher, 12-0 vs lower
  12. MACCRAY - 54.35 (99) 1-0 vs higher, 9-3 vs lower
  13. Martin County West - 54.06 (121) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  14. Blooming Prairie - 54.04 (95) 0-1 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  15. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River - 53.66 (9) 0-2 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  16. NCE/U-H - 53.43 (35) 1-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  17. Legacy Christian - 53.38 (141) 0-0 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  18. Parkers Prairie - 52.85 (129) 0-1 vs higher, 10-0 vs lower
  19. Randolph - 52.79 (19) 0-2 vs higher, 9-3 vs lower
  20. T/ML/GHEC - 52.79 (107) 0-1 vs higher, 10-1 vs lower
  21. Nashwauk-Keewatin - 52.49 (62) 0-1 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  22. Hayfield - 52.36 (53) 1-3 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  23. North Woods - 51.86 (138) 1-0 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  24. Central MN Christian - 51.58 (89) 0-2 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  25. Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey - 51.55 (136) 0-1 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  26. New York Mills - 51.33 (31) 0-2 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  27. Cass Lake-Bena - 51.16 (16) 0-3 vs higher, 8-2 vs lower
  28. Schaeffer Academy - 51.16 (132) 0-2 vs higher, 11-0 vs lower
  29. Spring Grove - 50.63 (48) 1-2 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  30. Hancock - 50.48 (2) 1-4 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  31. Clearbrook-Gonvick - 50.27 (155) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  32. Lyle/Austin Pacelli - 49.96 (135) 2-1 vs higher, 7-2 vs lower
  33. Grand Meadow - 49.62 (88) 2-3 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  34. Red Lake County - 49.41 (97) 1-3 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  35. Kittson County Central - 48.89 (82) 0-3 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  36. Dawson-Boyd - 48.87 (15) 1-3 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  37. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's - 48.68 (61) 0-3 vs higher, 7-1 vs lower
  38. Cromwell-Wright - 48.32 (161) 0-0 vs higher, 9-1 vs lower
  39. St. Clair - 47.85 (49) 0-4 vs higher, 8-0 vs lower
  40. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley - 47.71 (139) 0-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  41. CHOF - 47.41 (154) 0-0 vs higher, 7-3 vs lower
  42. Hope Academy - 47.38 (75) 0-2 vs higher, 5-5 vs lower
  43. Deer River - 47.37 (73) 1-3 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  44. Pine River-Backus - 47.25 (74) 0-3 vs higher, 7-2 vs lower
  45. Lakeview - 46.47 (109) 0-3 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  46. Ely - 46.43 (143) 0-3 vs higher, 9-0 vs lower
  47. Red Lake - 46.38 (7) 2-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  48. Rushford-Peterson - 46.18 (5) 3-5 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  49. East Central - 46.16 (120) 0-2 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  50. Lakes International Language Academy - 46.03 (149) 0-2 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  51. Houston - 45.86 (100) 1-3 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  52. Blackduck - 45.79 (108) 2-3 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  53. PACT Charter - 45.58 (134) 0-2 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  54. Ashby - 45.55 (130) 0-2 vs higher, 8-1 vs lower
  55. Wabasha-Kellogg - 45.46 (67) 3-4 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  56. Renville County West - 45.45 (65) 2-4 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  57. Brandon/Evansville - 45.17 (115) 0-3 vs higher, 7-0 vs lower
  58. Nicollet - 45.12 (131) 0-2 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  59. South Ridge - 45.06 (126) 0-2 vs higher, 6-3 vs lower
  60. Adrian/Ellsworth - 44.6 (77) 0-2 vs higher, 5-3 vs lower
  61. Cedar Mountain - 44.16 (42) 0-5 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  62. Stephen-Argyle - 44.05 (64) 1-6 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  63. Mountain Iron-Buhl - 43.98 (85) 0-4 vs higher, 6-2 vs lower
  64. Mahnomen/Waubun - 43.5 (119) 1-2 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  65. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa - 43.39 (14) 2-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  66. Southland - 43.15 (71) 1-5 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  67. Upsala - 42.88 (153) 0-5 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  68. Minneota - 42.87 (33) 0-6 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  69. Silver Bay - 42.6 (102) 0-3 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  70. West Lutheran - 42.48 (104) 0-5 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  71. Braham - 42.12 (117) 0-4 vs higher, 6-1 vs lower
  72. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg - 42.09 (18) 1-6 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  73. Hinckley-Finlayson - 42.06 (28) 1-5 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  74. Cherry - 41.89 (110) 1-4 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  75. Westbrook-Walnut Grove - 41.8 (111) 1-5 vs higher, 6-0 vs lower
  76. Browerville/Eagle Valley - 41.66 (90) 0-3 vs higher, 5-1 vs lower
  77. St. John's Prep - 41.55 (122) 0-4 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  78. Mankato Loyola - 41.41 (25) 2-7 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  79. Barnum - 41.06 (66) 2-5 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  80. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy - 40.93 (4) 0-5 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  81. Northland - 40.79 (151) 2-2 vs higher, 4-3 vs lower
  82. Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity - 40.77 (118) 1-5 vs higher, 5-0 vs lower
  83. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross - 40.39 (105) 0-4 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  84. Lake Park-Audubon - 40.24 (11) 1-7 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  85. Chisholm - 39.68 (103) 1-5 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  86. Carlton - 39.56 (137) 2-6 vs higher, 4-1 vs lower
  87. Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda - 39.4 (20) 1-7 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  88. Hills-Beaver Creek - 39.35 (87) 1-4 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  89. Fond du Lac Ojibwe - 39.1 (98) 1-6 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  90. Swanville - 39.08 (54) 1-5 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  91. Park Christian - 38.97 (30) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  92. Avail Academy - 38.96 (158) 1-2 vs higher, 4-2 vs lower
  93. United Christian Academy - 38.89 (52) 1-6 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  94. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo - 38.79 (70) 0-5 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  95. Onamia - 38.07 (156) 1-5 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  96. Liberty Classical Academy - 38.04 (86) 0-3 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  97. Fillmore Central - 37.99 (40) 1-6 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  98. Lincoln International - 37.96 (79) 0-1 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  99. Sacred Heart - 37.58 (17) 2-6 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  100. Northern Freeze - 37.46 (91) 1-5 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  101. Ogilvie - 37.43 (148) 0-5 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  102. Isle - 37.41 (140) 2-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  103. Wabasso - 37.05 (29) 1-7 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  104. Madelia - 36.77 (26) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  105. Community of Peace Academy - 36.48 (80) 1-5 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  106. Kaleidoscope Charter - 35.66 (159) 0-4 vs higher, 5-2 vs lower
  107. LeRoy-Ostrander - 35.44 (58) 0-8 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  108. North Lakes Academy - 35.1 (150) 1-5 vs higher, 3-2 vs lower
  109. Goodridge/Grygla - 34.75 (128) 1-6 vs higher, 2-1 vs lower
  110. Sebeka - 34.14 (45) 1-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  111. Win-E-Mac - 33.59 (6) 1-9 vs higher, 0-1 vs lower
  112. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart - 33.44 (41) 1-6 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  113. Lanesboro - 33.28 (113) 1-7 vs higher, 3-1 vs lower
  114. Eagle Ridge Academy - 33.06 (51) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  115. Kingsland - 32.14 (50) 1-9 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  116. Murray County Central - 31.72 (101) 1-7 vs higher, 2-2 vs lower
  117. Cleveland - 31.43 (32) 1-7 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  118. Heritage Christian - 31.35 (39) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  119. Mayer Lutheran - 31.25 (44) 1-8 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  120. United South Central - 31.11 (84) 0-7 vs higher, 4-0 vs lower
  121. Ortonville - 30.48 (133) 0-3 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  122. Glenville-Emmons - 29.32 (112) 1-8 vs higher, 0-2 vs lower
  123. Trinity School - 29.3 (94) 1-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  124. Littlefork-Big Falls - 29.21 (147) 0-4 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  125. Sleepy Eye - 28.38 (10) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  126. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop - 28.32 (34) 1-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  127. Northome/Kelliher - 28.17 (22) 0-7 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  128. McGregor - 27.96 (123) 0-6 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  129. Bigfork - 27.68 (93) 0-9 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  130. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton - 27.53 (68) 0-9 vs higher, 3-0 vs lower
  131. Red Rock Central - 27.12 (27) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  132. Verndale - 26.69 (145) 0-8 vs higher, 2-0 vs lower
  133. Climax/Fisher - 24.84 (23) 0-8 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  134. Mabel-Canton - 24.67 (92) 1-10 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  135. Floodwood - 24.03 (142) 0-7 vs higher, 1-1 vs lower
  136. Bertha-Hewitt - 22.42 (57) 0-9 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  137. Fosston - 21.94 (46) 1-8 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  138. Alden-Conger - 21.64 (43) 1-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  139. Cook County - 21.4 (144) 1-7 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  140. Laporte - 17.23 (81) 0-9 vs higher, 1-0 vs lower
  141. Chesterton Academy - 0 (157) 0-6 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  142. Rothsay - 0 (3) 0-12 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  143. Underwood - 0 (13) 0-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  144. High School for the Recording Arts - 0 (21) 0-5 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  145. Canby - 0 (38) 0-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  146. Hill City - 0 (96) 0-7 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  147. Groves Academy - 0 (114) 0-8 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  148. Lake of the Woods - 0 (124) 0-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  149. Prairie Seeds Academy - 0 (127) 0-1 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  150. Wrenshall - 0 (152) 0-6 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  151. Battle Lake - 0 (1) 0-7 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  152. Edgerton - 0 (12) 0-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  153. Yellow Medicine East - 0 (24) 0-7 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  154. Bethlehem Academy - 0 (55) 0-11 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  155. Minnesota Transitions Charter - 0 (60) 0-5 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  156. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley - 0 (69) 0-5 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  157. Venture Academy - 0 (76) 0-1 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  158. Hmong Academy - 0 (106) 0-7 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  159. Academy for Sciences & Ag - 0 (116) 0-5 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  160. Lakeview Christian - 0 (125) 0-9 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  161. MN Academy for the Deaf - 0 (160) 0-1 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower
  162. Ubah Medical Academy - 0 (162) 0-1 vs higher, 0-0 vs lower

Madness on many levels

A fun adventure the last 3 days with a couple of small school games, a couple of Tri-Metro visits and a girls game upset for good measure.

Thursday: United Christian 75 Nova Classical 40
Too much size from United Christian.  No surprise to see the 20 pts from forward Zach Corley.  But it was fellow junior frontcourt mate Jonah Anderson and his 16 pts and activity on the glass that caught my eye.  For the Knights, they have no seniors.  Soph guard Rayan Taha gives them a piece on the perimeter.  He had 15 points.  Junior forward Ben Parsonage also with 15 points for the Knights.

Friday: Columbia Heights 61 St. Croix Lutheran 54
This was a last minute selection for my schedule.  It paid off as coach Jay Wendland dug up some quality research and gifted me some Killebrew Root Beer that I missed out on earlier in the season.  Heights would open up a 10 point lead in the 1st half but St. Croix Lutheran goes 1-3-1 to hold Heights to FG in the last 8:20.  That cuts the lead to 1 at the break.

Like the 1st half, the lead grows to double figures (44-33) but the Crusaders rally with 3 bombs to cut the margin to 2 with 5:20 left.  Hylanders Sophs Muja Burton and Spencer Alvarez working inside to the tune of 4 Burton FTs and Alvarez cleaning the glass.  St. Croix Lutheran with a 5 min scoring drought after they cut the margin to 2 with Heights going zone to cause that.  Zach Longueville 24 points and 6 triples to lead St. Croix Lutheran.  Xavier Garcia 3 triples and 13 points.  PG Jordan Jones another big game for Heights with 25 points to lead all scorers.  Muja Burton and Eljiah Williams each add 12.  Spencer Alvarez only 5 points but he was the main force cleaning the glass.  Plus he could have gotten post touches for points almost at will.  It'll be interesting to see if Heights looks for that more in the home rematch next month.

Saturday:
CHOF 98 Hiawatha 48 (at Mpls Henry)
This was the opener of the Tim Williams event.  Definitely not what we expected.  CHOF opens up a 47-7 lead and forget about it from there.  Jessye Lewis with 23 of his 30 in the 2nd half for Hiawatha.  Isaac Collins with 24 for CHOF.  Preston Alleman has stepped into the 2nd scorer role for the Lions.  He finished with 28 points.  Hiawatha's performance very much like a Sunday morning 8 AM consolation game for a team that just wants to catch the plane home after staying up late.

St. Anthony 88 St. Thomas Academy 75
The St. Anthony girls took on Minnehaha in the prelude to this.  A very entertaining game with the Huskies pulling off the 73-66 double OT upset of #3AA Minnehaha.  For the boys game, we get a special appearance from Lithgow on the whistle.  Tait Nelson absolutely ridiculous in this one for St. Anthony.  St. Thomas pulls to within 4, Nelson hits a triple and scores on a Charles Barkley backdown.  Lead down to 6, Nelson fade in the post, 2 FTs, 2 steals for a pair of buckets, 2 FTs and a kickout assist for 3 to beat the halftime buzzer.  47-31 Huskies at the break.

St. Thomas comes out of the locker room on fire.  Ryan Chamberlain 7 points, John Grismer with the last 5 in a 16-2 Cadets run in just over 2 minutes.  49-47 St. Anthony with 15:53 left.  But Nelson keeps it going with a triple, 2 FTs and a bucket to end a 10-0 Huskies run.  The lead is never under double digits after that.  Nelson continues the theivery in the 2nd half.  He ends up with 44 points and unofficially with anywhere from 12-14 steals, 7-9 rebounds and a handful of assists by my viewing.  That was with Mr Basketball Committee chairman Jim Robinson looking on.  Junior foward Luke Omodt adds 14 points with a couple of 3s.  Max Kachman with 14 as well. Soph Nathan Johnson leads St. Thomas with 18 points off the bench.

A Grand Opening in Style

Prologue
Its a quiet but fortuitous Wednesday on the schedule.  The schedule takes me to the 1st game at Hope Academy's new gym where they have a section 4A battle with Kaleidoscope.  Nice setup with 6 rows of bleachers to fill one side and a nice area for the table and big court.  I love the irony of a sign at the entrance saying "This is not a Hope Academy entrance" but its the door you need to use. Then its up the stairs, around the corner, and then down the hall after the pay window and u-turn for the gym.

Season Ticker:
  • Number of Games: 82
    • In Person: 60
    • Online: 22
  • Number of Teams: 116
    • 4A: 43
    • 3A: 31
    • 2A: 19
    • 1A: 11
    • Non-Minnesota: 8 (6 Wisconsin)
    • Girls: 4
  • Number of Buildings: 30
  • Number of Bands: 1
Beverage Ticker: 483.6 ounces (5530 calories)
  • Coke: 92.9 ounces (1100 calories) 
  • Dr. Pepper: 32 ounces (390 calories)
  • Pepsi: 194.7 ounces (2440 calories)
  • 7-Up: 12 ounces (140 calories)
  • Sprite: 56 ounces (650 calories) 
  • Mug Root Beer: 12 ounces (160 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer: 12 ounces (170 calories)
  • Fruit Punch Gatorade: 72 ounces (480 calories)
Food Ticker:
  • Hot Dogs: 11
  • Pizza: 6
  • Walking Tacos: 1
  • Extras
    • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: 3 (630 calories)
    • Lays Potato Chips: 2 (320 calories)
Game Time:
This game was much like the section 4A game that I saw last night.  Caleb Hoilien comes out on absolute fire for Hope Academy.  After an opening 3 he scores the next 14 Hope Academy points in a personal 14-4 run.  He'll add a steal for a dunk and then he blocks 2 shots which leads to a Hope layup.  Then 2 more buckets for good measure.  Another sequence where he pulls for 3, puts back a miss, hits another triple and blocks another shot that leads to a Lions layup.  He finishes the 1st half with 32 points and 3 3s.  Plus he holds Comets star Jacob Donnett to 1 FG in the half.  Donnett struggling to finish over Hoilien's length.  47-28 Hope Academy in control at the half.  20-7 Hope run over the last 6:15 to extend the lead.

Hope throttles back slightly in the 2nd half.  Plus their offense stagnates and becomes hero ball.  Add in some defensive lapses and long with Donnett heating up.  That keeps this one from getting too far out of hand.  Hoilien with a stepback triple makes it 66-42 with under 9 minutes left.  Donnett with 3 buckets to keep it at 20 with 4 minutes left.  Hope sits the starters but after Donnett scores 10 straight they have to come back in.  That lead was down to 13 with a minute left.  Hope hits a late 3 for the final 80-62 margin.

Post Game:
For Kaleidoscope, Jacob Donnett with 22 of his 26 points in the 2nd half.  He got 3 triples to go and found more success inside in that stretch but the game was basically out of reach for most of his damage.  Frosh PG Michael Jude with 3 triples and 11 points.  Soph guard AJ Kargel also with 11 points.  The Comets fall to 6-6 overall.  They visit Chesterton/International School next Monday and then host Lakes International Language Academy next Wednesday.

Hope Academy gets a monster night of 37 points from Caleb Hoilien to lead all scorers.  32 of those points in the 1st half.  He was also on the glass for a bunch of rebounds plus a handful of assists and blocks.  Plus the 1st half defense on Donnett was a difference maker.  Kaleb Dube with 13 points playing out of the finishers spot.  Caleb Irving chips in with 11.  The Lions won't like how they played in the 2nd half but they do get a win.  This is a roster without their expected starting backcourt.  Elijah Wade sitting out with a torn ACL from football season.   Next for the Lions is Lakes International Language Academy at home on Friday.  Then a huge home game next Tuesday in a rematch of last year's section final vs CHOF.

Shades of Red

My week begins with many shades of red.  Its dark red for Patriots, bright red for Scots, red for Panthers and red for Gryphons.  I start with a battle of city teams.  Then its out to the suburbs for an MCAA matchup.  Hot Dog yes, I skipped pizza on Tuesday (good choice maybe).  Quality music as well with a post game Czar karaoke session for game 2.  Sadly it will not be replacing Steven's Dance Party in the weekly lineup.

Monday: Henry 74 Highland Park 62
Henry's defensive pressure was a factor here with 3 quick steals for buckets to set the tone.  Highland Park loses Joey Kottke early due to injury and that doesn't help either.  A 9-1 Henry run midway thru the 2nd half regains the lead and Henry goes on to win from there.  Quamar Gresham with 4 of his 5 threes in the 1st half off the Henry bench.  He finished with 17 points. Mark Campbell and Glentrell Carter both with very productive nights and I had them for 17 each as well for the Patriots.  Nico Peterson in the starting lineup for the Scots and turned in another quality game in the middle.  He goes for 21 points and 9 made free throws.  Carter Owens adds 14 for the Scots.  Highland Park in the middle of a very tough stretch of 7 out of 8 games on the road.  Henry on the other hand in a stretch of 4 out of 5 at home before they host a rematch with rival Minneapolis North.

Tuesday: PACT 71 Eagle Ridge Academy 64
Always good to see former Cristo Rey head coach and now ERA AD Kris Babler.  He even breaks out the shorts and stripes to officiate the C game.  Nothing like life at a small school.  As to the game, Jordan Stone for PACT was flammable.  He scores the 1st 12 points for the Panthers and has 20 in the 1st 7:10 of the game.  That helps PACT build a 15 point halftime lead.  But ERA slows Stone down in the 2nd half.  Josh Falk heats up in the 2nd half to carry the ERA offense.  He knocks down a 3 to pull ERA within 6 with 7:01 left.  Stone is on the bench resting but a minute later he'll come back in.  He scores on an inbounds ISO and adds another bucket in a 6-0 run to stop the bleeding and the Panthers are out of danger.  Jordan Stone finishes with 44 points, 33 in the 1st half.  He hit 6 triples.  Josh Falk with 21 points to lead Eagle Ridge.  PACT now 2-1 in the MCAA, 5-3 overall.  Tough task ahead as the next 2 are at Lester Prairie and at Legacy.  Eagle Ridge falls to 1-8 overall, 0-3 in the MCAA.

Showcasing Minneapolis

What a weekend for basketball locally.  4 Minneapolis teams in 24 hours represented in my travels. From improvement in the city to Tyler Johnson Day to the Clash of Champions it was a great weekend to be in Minneapolis for hoops.  Here are some sights and sounds.

Friday: Southwest 56 New Prague 47
We begin Friday night in the SW corner of the city with the Lakers taking on New Prague.  Offense was a struggle early on for both sides but a breakout of offense takes Southwest to a 21-19 halftime lead.  Southwest expands their lead with a 10-0 run early in the 2nd half.  Parker Johnson's seems some shots finally start to fall on the outside for New Prague.  Thomas Eckstein working on the glass inside.  New Prague within 4 with 6 minutes left.  Hakeem Ford converts a turnover into 2 free throws and adds a dunk.  That along with a couple of buckets from Cam Holter closes it out.  Parker Johnson 21 points despite a cold 1st half.  Thomas Eckstein adds 15.  Hakeem Ford with 14 of his 18 in the second half for Southwest.  Very good night for the sophomore forward.  Cam Holter and Christo Polydorou each add 15.  Southwest much improved and with a lineup starting 3 sophomores.

Saturday Game 1: South 68 Highland Park 62 OT
Due to a short window between this game and game 2 of the day, I didn't get to see all of this one.  Kills me to leave a 1 point game with 3:45 left in regulation.  A very productive day for a couple of Highland Park juniors.  Joe Conzet was very active and every bouncing ball seemed to find him as he finished with 19 points.  Nico Peterson very productive bench minutes in the middle.  He blocked shots and finished plays to the tune of 18 points.  PG Jaylen Blakley 12 points leading the South offense.  He gives the Tigers an option to create off the bounce.  Sam Bradley with 3 triples and 11 points.

Saturday Game 2: #6 D4 Milwaukee Academy of Science 73 #6AA North 64
To Minneapolis North for the late afternoon session.  Its not just alumni day at North.  Its also Tyler Johnson Day in the city with mayor Jacob Frey on hand to present a plaque with the proclamation.  Coach Larry McKenzie also retires Johnson's #10 jersey at halftime.  As to the game, MAS coming in with 2 D1 commits that were the focus.  But it was top 30 junior in Wisconsin Don McHenry that stepped up his game.  A 14-2 MAS first half run gets the Novas a 25-12 lead.  McHenry adds 2 buckets to start the 2nd half to keep the lead at 14.  Bradley commit Darius Hannah with 2 dunks and the lead is 54-37 with under 14 minutes left.

UW-Milwaukee commit Kaleim Taylor sits with his 4th foul at the 11:49 mark and North keeps some momentum going.  Willie Wilson for 3 and 2 buckets and the lead is down to 6 with 6 minutes left.  Taylor back in the game and he'll immediately bury a 3.  Davon Townley 2-4 free throws before another clutch hoop from Taylor.  Wilson counters that and North is still within 4 with 2:19 left.  Hannah with a 3 point play before a Cliff Brown 3.  MAS by 4 with a minute left and they still have the foot floored on the gas pedal.  Taylor to the rack for 2 free throws.  North misses and Taylor buries a 3 after a blocked shot to close it out.  Davon Townley with 20 points to lead North.  Quientrail Jamison-Travis active on the glass with 9 points.  Willie Wilson with all 11 of his points in the 2nd half.  Junior Don McHenry with 20 points for MAS.  Kaleim Taylor with 12 of his 22 points in the last 4:40.

Clash of Champions: Minnehaha 78 Sierra Canyon (CA) 58
Off to Target Center for the highly anticipated appearance of Sierra Canyon.  For the game, Kentucky commit BJ Boston gets off to a great start and Minnehaha looks a little shook.  But Minnehaha goes 2-3 zone and settles in.  Sierra Canyon no real answer for it just like earlier in the week in their loss to Rancho Christian.  The zone takes the high flying athletes totally out of the game.  Chet Holmgren in the middle of the zone was a monster blocking anyone and anything that came with the same area code.  Jalen Suggs and Prince Aligbe outstanding as well on both ends.  The game was tied at half and Minnehaha ran away from there.  BJ Boston finishes with 27 points and 8 rebounds but nobody else was productive for Sierra Canyon.  Jalen Suggs with 23 points/12 boards/6 assists and 6 steals in a big time performance.  Prince Aligbe adds offense in this one with 18 points and 8 rebounds.  Chet Holmgren cold outside shooting but still finishes with 9 points 10 rebounds and 13 blocks.

As to the atmosphere, what can you say.  WOW!  This exceeded any and all expectations anyone could possibly have had.  The attendance was an astounding 17,378 people.  Initial expectations were anywhere around 10,000 which would have been amazing too.  Loud partisan crowd and getting people in and out was smoother than expected by reports I heard.  Target Center is notorious for its bad setup moving people around so this was great.  Absolutely everybody was raving about the evening in all the discussions I had.  Incredible work by Jeff Munneke, Matt Bare, Josh Thurow and all the others behind the scenes to pull this off.

As I said in my Star Tribune comments to Jim Paulsen, I've never seen anything like it for a high school game. The only thing I can remotely compare it to was the scene in Las Vegas for the LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson game and I didn't attend that.  There was a high school rematch of that game scheduled but it never happened as LaMelo went overseas before the game was played.  Even going back to the big breakdown events that filled up Hopkins and Minnetonka, those wouldn't have touched this.  I saw DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Love when they came in, didn't touch this.  This 1st Saturday of January was always the traditional Timberwolves Shootout day.  How incredibly fitting was it to have this happen on that day.  What a show and if this leads to more of the same, then I'm all for it and let's get it going.

Garcia's size dominates

Prologue
Its my longest day and arguably longest metro road trip of the season.  Nothing like a 7 AM dentist appointment to start the day.  By the end of the day Apple Valley would feel like they had a root canal.  Red Savoy's pizza on the menu, good change of pace.  KB in the house without the Sunshine Band and not working.  The always entertaining Prior Lake broadcast crew on hand.

Season Ticker:

  • Number of Games: 71
    • In Person: 53
    • Online: 18
  • Number of Teams: 101
    • 4A: 39
    • 3A: 26
    • 2A: 19
    • 1A: 7
    • Non-Minnesota: 6 (4 Wisconsin)
    • Girls: 4
  • Number of Buildings: 23
  • Number of Bands: 1
Beverage Ticker: 378.7 ounces (4450 calories)
  • Coke: 60.9 ounces (720 calories) 
  • Dr. Pepper: 20 ounces (240 calories)
  • Pepsi: 177.8 ounces (2230 calories)
  • 7-Up: 12 ounces (140 calories)
  • Sprite: 44 ounces (510 calories) 
  • Mug Root Beer: 12 ounces (160 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer: 12 ounces (170 calories)
  • Fruit Punch Gatorade: 40 ounces (280 calories)
Food Ticker:
  • Hot Dogs: 11
  • Pizza: 4
  • Walking Tacos: 1
  • Extras
    • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: 2 (420 calories)
    • Lays Potato Chips: 2 (320 calories)
Game Time:
The 1st half is all about Dawson Garcia.  He takes over inside against the smallish Apple Valley lineup's 1-2-2 zone.  He's all over the glass too as he has a double double long before halftime.  A 14-3 run opens up the lead.  Garcia adds 8 late points and its 34-23 Prior Lake at the half.  Garcia with 25 of the points.  The rest of the Prior Lake roster 2-12 from the floor.  Bilhal Kone and Davy Hosea quickness off the bounce keeping Apple Valley within striking range.  Rest of the AV roster 2-10 in the half.

In the 2nd half, the rest of Prior Lake's roster comes to life and that's the difference.  3 players combine for 4 triples in a 4 minute span.  Dylan Bair with 2 of those in the spurt.  That pushes the Prior Lake lead to 49-29.  Bobbie Jackson with 5 of 6 free throws for Apple Valley off their bench.  Productive rim attacks there.  Then it's Kone with a steal and a high flying 1 handed dunk with under 7 minutes left.  Hosea adds a triple and the lead is down to 13 with 6:20 left. 

But Garcia's rest is over.  He spins for 2 and then has the nice feed out of the double team to a cutting Bair for a layup.  Bair adds another layup and triple.  Garcia with 2 freebies and a putback.  9-0 run slams the door and empties the benches.  Prior Lake wins 80-58.

Post Game:
For Apple Valley, Davy Hosea leads the way with 16 points.  Bihlal Kone adds 12 before fouling out.  He was given the task of trying to guard Garcia some of the time.  No win situation there.  Bobbie Jackson with 8 of his 10 points off the bench in the 2nd half.  Definitely noting him for next year's lineup.  Apple Valley 4 of 16 from 3.  The Eagles fall to 4-5 overall, 0-2 in the South Suburban.  They visit Woodbury on Saturday in their final non-conference game of the regular season.  Then a trip to Farmington and a visit from archrival Eastview next week.

Prior Lake dropped out of this week's state poll.  They improve to 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the South Suburban.  3 tough road games await the Lakers in the next week.  They have the back to back turnaround at Chanhassen in a section game.  Then off they go to their rival #6 Shakopee and #10 Lakeville South next week.  Dawson Garcia dominated the paint to the tune of 39 points and 17 rebounds on my officially unofficial stat sheet.  He was able to just go over the top once he got into gaps in the Apple Valley zone.  Didn't have the jumper going but didn't need it on this night.  Dylan Bair comes up big in the 2nd half with 3 triples and 14 of his 18 points.