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Preps Game Blog-Sections: Eden Prairie vs Chaska

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PREGAME
Eden Prairie was given the one seed at 18-8 over Shakopee at 22-4. Coaches must have felt that EP beat more quality opponents…Chaska is the eight seed and it has been a rough year for them at 4-23. They have only the one senior in the rotation and the rest of the rotation is primarily juniors….Six Eagles average between six and 16 points a game so they have good balance and they have a wide variety of players to compete with. They have a pair of bruising bigs, a pair of long scoring wings, a speedy playmaking point, and a tough guard willing to give up his body…The two previous contests were EP wins at 74-68 and 65-46…Chaska does have a couple nice wins beating Kennedy and Holy Family…
FIRST HALF
Ethan Wragge hits a deep three with his beautiful stroke and its 8-0 already. On their first possession the Eagles scored with Marc Miller hitting a jumper and 20 seconds in you quickly got the feeling that this game was already in trouble of being a blowout…
Chaska is playing a zone and they have closed the gap to 10-8 on a Tyler Goetz three-pointer…Chaska has all juniors on the floor including the state high jump champ as a sophomore Derek Jerde, and 6-foot-9 Bronson Byrne who already has a block…Ryan Grant has hit a baseline jumper and an elbow jumper now and then he created a lay-up for Logan Rohs, a 6-foot-7 senior. Rohs has scored twice inside plus he is dominating the boards. Those buckets combined with a 14 footer from the wing from Brett Ervin and its 18-8 …
Between Rohs and Carter Bykowski Eden Prairie is huge and these two are giving EP second and third shot opportunities constantly. Bykowski's put-back makes this a 25-12 game…Jerde just made a three for Chaska and his form is interesting. Every time he shoots I think Terrance Simmons the former Gopher guard. It's either going to swish or come off in who knows what direction…Wragge is getting wide open looks in the corner tonight but they have not fell since the first make….Now Ethan sinks the trey from the left wing and he had two guys in his face. Ethan is 6-foot-7 and his length gives him a real extended look…
Rohs is having a big game as he just hit a three and its 36-18. Good range for the big 6-foot-7 senior…Ethan Wragge has done a good job around the bucket fighting for boards, blocking a couple shots, and changing other attempts. Good length on Wragge who reminds me size wise of Jamal Abu-Shamala on the wing at Shakopee now four years back. Ethan is a little taller and longer then Jamal was I think but Ethan's not as strong as Jamal was when he touches around the cup. Wragge really doesn't attack off the dribble much but with EP's size they pretty much hold the middle for post entries when Ethan doesn't have a look at the jumper…Miller scores with a driving lay-up at the first half buzzer and its 40-21…
SECOND HALF
Half the people have left the gym to go home, but the John Cena cardboard cut out is still here. We have cheerleaders doing homework, fans cheering for the EP manager to knock down jumpers, I think the first half has everybody's attention on other things…Bykowski scores underneath immediately and was fouled. He completes the three-point play and its 43-24…I would hate to see the rebounding difference in this game…
Big Bronson Byrne looks to have a little something to build with. He's a big 6-foot-9 and he works hard for position in the post giving his teammates a nice target to throw to. Has some work to do with his feet and he didn't shoot enough to get a feel for that but he would be a nice project for an AAU team this summer…
Should I say that Willie Mobley is here watching the game? It seems everybody wants to discuss where he is and why he is there all the time so I thought I would mention it…Rohs just hammered Tom Zydowski on a shot attempt and the Z-man makes a pair of free throws. I thought that was a fairly obvious goaltend but I think the refs are about as casual as the fans right now…Marc Miller hits a baseline jumper for EP and he has played well scoring for the Eagles. Its 47-28 at this point…
Chaska's Tyler Goetz just showed his range on a deep three. At 6-foot-4 Goetz has a good stroke with range and he's hit some shots for Chaska today…Now Zydowski hits a three and Chaska isn't going out without a fight…49-34…Andrew Martinson uses a monster Byrne screen to his a jumper in the lane and its 49-36. Remember all these kids playing for Chaska are juniors save Zydowski…
Chaska run is over as Bykowski is just to strong for Bronson down low and he completes a three-point play for the Eagles, 52-36. Now Rohs scores down low and EP went back to their size to further the gap…Chaska is sticking to Wragge pretty close and he's struggled with his shot tonight…Six minutes to go and its 54-39…Wragge has finished from the free throw line…Rohs scores again inside and he looks like a nice player for the MIAC league or maybe somebody goes after him from D-2? I believe I have seen Northern State and St. Johns in here watching the game and Logan must be the most likely target of them that is playing here…Miller creates for an impressive Brett Ervin jam along the baseline. Impressive explosion right there from the 6-foot-5 EP sophomore, 60-44…
Ryan Grant scores with the lay-in off the drive and its 62-44. Give credit to Chaska for fighting to the end as some teams in this situation may have gave in long ago…Junior Timmy Miller just went coast to coast for lay-up and wow, he was in a hurry! Miller is a junior who is pretty quick with the ball pushing up the floor for EP…Chaska has a freshman guard in the game by the name of Max Watts…65-46 is final score…
POSTGAME
Chaska finished with two guys at seven points and they were the leaders for the game. EP had seven guys score between six and 12 points led by the 12 from Bykowski, 11 points from Rohs, and then ten from Ervin. Ethan Wragge had an off night shooting and finished with eight points but EP went extensively inside to there three bigs for most of the game.
Kennedy and EP play now in the semis and Eden Prairie has slaughtered them this year so far. The first game was 108-65 and the second finished at 70-38.
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