Minnesota Preps number one ranked class A team Minnesota Transitions defended their ranking with a 73-63 defeat of Springfield on the road last evening. Springfield, ranked 5th in the MN Preps rankings, recently saw 6-foot-8 280 pound Tyler Marz return to the court and the team has been even tougher. However, a near quintuple double from Kyle Noreen was to much to slow down.
The Wolves are pretty much willing to take on anybody and go wherever to play competitive games. They've played Class AAAA ranked programs Hopkins, Duluth East, and Eden Prairie, Class AAA number one ranked St. Paul Johnson twice, class AA ranked Caledonia, and class A ranked Springfield.
They've also faced Burnsville, Minnetonka, Robbinsdale Cooper, Minnehaha Academy, Northwestern (WI), and have games coming up this week against ranked Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, Stephen-Argyle, and Red Lake.
How other local media services don't have them number ranked number one right now is beyond comprehension. Their six losses are to Hopkins (number one in class AAAA), St. Paul Johnson (they've been ranked number one in class AAA all year) on two occasions, Eden Prairie (who was number one in class AAAA for a time being), St. John's Military Academy (one of the better Wisconsin programs), and Duluth East.
As stated earlier, they will go anyplace to play quality competition. Last night MTS arrived back in Minneapolis from Springfield at 1:47 in the morning. Was it worth it? Marz and company provided class A state tournament level competition playing in front of a sold out crowd so most definitely yes the trip was worth it.
The Wolves had a balanced attack led by the 18 points from Matt Lanier, the 17 from Davonte Harvey, and Rodney Owens scored 15. Then there was Noreen who totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, eight blocks, and eight steals. That there is almost a quintuple double!
Those numbers highlighted the night along with Owens as well as Noreen throwing down some dunks.
Springfield was led by UW-Eau Claire committed Cody Milbrath who scored 11 points, had ten, Jesse Kieger led with 18 points including four three-pointers, and Marz had eight points and six boards.
Minnesota Transitions is now 17-6 on the season while Springfield fell to 19-3.