A Class AA section four double-overtime buzzer beater, a last second controversial foul call in Class A section five, a senior shootout in Class AA section six, a new career three-point record in Class A section four, and senior stars putting on memorable performances. It's March Madness in Minnesota!
St. Croix Lutheran 72, Concordia Academy 75
St. Croix Lutheran jumped out to a 32-27 lead at the half, but the game remained close through the final buzzer. With 5.6 seconds to go in regulation, the game was tied 66-66 but missed foul shots from the Crusaders proved to be costly. Two overtimes later, Concordia Academy senior Jeff Weber banked in a three with three seconds left to play - giving his team a three-point victory. Weber had 18 points and teammate Lorenzo Davis scored 21, while sophomore Jackson Goplen produced a game high 23 for St. Croix Lutheran.
Cretin-Derham Hall 68, Roseville 52
Roseville held a 31-25 lead at the half after Lucas Brown rocked the crowd with three jams and 11 first half points. However, in the second half the Raiders' CJ Neiman exploded out of the break with three straight scores - including a one-handed monster jam - and from there it was all Raider momentum. They used an 18-3 run to push themselves to a 68-52 victory. Neuman and Taylor Montero each had 18 while Brown scored 20 for Roseville. Cretin-Derham Hall and Tartan play this Friday for the right to play at state.
Osseo 66, Irondale 56
There was some early shivering in the veteran Osseo boots as Irondale scorer Bryan Sprang was hot early scoring 24 first-half points, leading his team to a 31-28 halftime advantage. But, in the second half Osseo's Terez Van Pelt went wild defending the ball and opening the floor for the transition game. Joey Sonnenfeld grinded his way to points, and freshman Ian Theisen controlled the middle. After getting torched by Sprang in half one, the Orioles defended him much better in the second half. Sprang finished with 39, but Osseo will move on to play Robbinsdale Cooper for state.
Upsala 69, Sebeka 67
With 53 seconds left, the game was tied at 67. Upsala grabbed a loose board and pushed into the frontcourt where they proceeded to hold the ball until there were nine ticks left. Coach Vern Capelle then signaled for a time-out. Out of the break, Upsala attacked the rim with top scorer Jacob Voss (who scored a game high 24 points), and he missed a two-footer that had officials whistling Sebeka for a foul on the loose board. Many in the gym thought the buzzer had went off, but it was so loud that nobody heard it. The officials put a little time back on the clock allowing Upsala to shoot free throws. Voss went to the line and made two foul shots in what was essentially the victory (he made 11 of 12 foul tosses for the game). John Clark led Sebeka with 20 points.
Melrose 64, New London-Spicer 60
The Melrose first group of five has been taking turns this post season being hero. This past weekend, Austin Van Beck had a career game with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Last night, senior Brandon Sawyer scored 24 points to lead his crew. The game was close throughout, but the depth of Melrose kept them with the upper hand. Van Beck had ten points and sophomore Scottie Stone scored a dozen. Every Melrose fan was nervous to the end though because Jayme Moten went on a second half terror. He scored eight points in the first half, but pretty much dominated the second half on his way to a game high 29 points. Moten attacked time and time again down the stretch but came up just short.
Hopkins 85, Wayzata 65
Hopkins controlled the Trojans in the first two contests they played, and last night the Royals eventually did the same. Wayzata did build a nine point first-half lead, but shortly after the break the Royals dug in on both ends and made their signature run. Northern Iowa commit Marvin Singleton had 27 points, Gopher-signed Joe Coleman scored 18 points with four dunks, and the leadership of Siyani Chambers controlled the group. Hopkins overcame Wayzata's first half lead and 28 points from Eric Robertson to win by 20.
Minnesota Transitions 82, St. Agnes 62
The defending class A champions moved on from the section playoffs last night with an 82-62 victory over St. Agnes. Senior Kyle Noreen scored 21 points, including four three-point makes. Noreen is now the all-time state record holder for threes made in a career with 382. The former record holder was Zach Towle who made 373. Also, Devonte Harvey scored 20 and Rodney Owens had 19. MTS next plays Maranatha Christian Academy for the section championship this Friday at Holy Angels.