Wednesday, March 20 DeLaSalle plays Sartell-St.Stephen at Williams Arena in the first round of AAA basketball.
DeLaSalle brings a 26-1 record with a single loss to Blue Valley Northwest at the Timberwolves Shootout back on January 5th. DeLaSalle has the second best record in AAA. Austin has 28-0 after a perfect season. DeLaSalle average over 80 points per game and their average win differential is over 31 points. This is 10 better than undefeated Austin with a differential of just over 21.
DeLaSalle has four players who put up double digits on the average. They are Reid Travis -19, Luke Scott - 11, James Lawson -10, and Geno Crandall -10. Sacar Anim is close with 9 points per game. Reid Travis is one of Minnesota's top athletes with multiple Division I offers in both Basketball and Football.
Sartell-St.Stephens has a 17-12 record with last losses to Fergus Falls and Melrose in late Feburary. They defeated Fergus Falls 57-55 in Section play to advance. Sartell-St.Stephen is out of the top 20 for top records. They do hold their opponents to an average of 56 points per game. DeLaSalle holds their opponents to just under 50. Individual player stats are not available for the Sartell-St.Stephens players.
Based on their records, DeLaSalle is a heavy favorite to win this opening tournament game. I'm picking them for this one. Sartell-St.Stephens did finish strong to make it to State. We know anything can happen in any basketball game, but they are going to have to dig very deep for an upset in this opening round game.