Eden Prairie and Apple Valley met Tuesday night looking to settle the argument of what colors look better for an eagle. Is it black and red or brown and gold? EP's colors shined the brightest as they won 89-85 with Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo in the stands watching Tyus Jones.
"We basically hung in there," said EP Coach David Flom. "We were down 68-60 with about six minutes to go and hit three consecutive threes to pull within two. Then took first lead with three minutes left."
Five star 2014 standout Tyus Jones kicked off his season with 37 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, and five assists for Apple Valley. He dished out several assists to Fronk who knocked down six of his seven three-point attempts for 24 points.
With the AV Eagles surging, the EP Eagles stayed within striking distance. As the game wore on, EP's depth and perimeter shooting won out.
"We were able to make shots," said Flom. "We shot 59 percent from floor - which I did not expect in the first game, especially with several football players (who less than two weeks ago were still playing for a state championship football team)."
The Eagles had four players finish in double figures.
"Sander Mohn did everything," explained Coach Flom. "He scored 27, made 10 of 11 free throws, and led us in assists and rebounds too.
"Sophomore Andre Wallace scored 22 points in his first varsity action. Andre did a solid job defensively on Tyus. Jordan Peterson scored 20 points on seven of nine shooting from the floor."
Also scoring in double figures for EP was Jack Cottrell.
Apple Valley will take on Tartan this Saturday at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic while Eden Prairie faces Duluth East in the same event.
Duke will have an assistant coach at the event watching Jones and right now there is a 50-50 chance that Coach K could join him. North Carolina is also rumored to be coming to town to watch Jones.