In the marquee game of the weekend Eden Prairie traveled into downtown Minneapolis and picked up a 66-63 victory over Class AAA second ranked DeLaSalle. The Eagles were led by a fantastic performance from senior wing Dylan Stewart.
The EP Eagles are ranked fourth in the current Minnesota Preps Class AAAA poll and will likely move up to the second or third position this week after an impressive win over the Islanders.
"DeLaSalle is extremely tough," said EP coach David Flom. "I would like to think our guys are tough too. We thought it would be a one-possession game and obviously it was. We played to the end; the kids had to step up and make plays. Both teams had to feel great about the level of intensity and effort."
DeLaSalle held the lead for most of the night but in the clutch the victory was taken from them.
"We didn't take the lead until 13 seconds left," said Flom. "However, it was back and forth all night. They were never ahead by more than six in the second half. Our biggest lead was four."
Dylan Stewart led the Eagles with 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting. Eden Prairie is usually a well-balanced offensive team but the athletic Islanders had no stop for Stewart who had a career game.
DeLaSalle is known for defense but Eden Prairie isn't to bad themselves as they forced DeLaSalle into 24 turnovers.
EP also received 11 points from frontcourt standout Conner Nord. Both he and Stewart continue to hear from most of the NSIC Conference, plus every MIAC school would love to have either player.
DeLaSalle was led by 24 points from future Harvard forward Jonah Travis while Bretson McNeal chipped in 16 points.
Eden Prairie will now prepare for number one ranked Hopkins tomorrow night in the Lake Conference opener for both teams.