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Osseo's Emmette Page (Breakdown player of the game)
Osseo and St. Thomas Academy opened the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic with an open floor 91-77 Orioles victory. The difference in the game? Osseo's ability to move the ball quickly and hit shooters in the corner for indefensible attempts.
Emmette Page put together one of those games he will be asking for tonight (on video) so he can relive it and send it to all friends, family, and college coaches. The Osseo senior knocked out seven corner threes and scored a career high 34 points giving his team the ex-factor in the victory. Senior Zach Theisen scored 27 with three more threes and the Orioles simply stretched the St. Thomas defense too thin.
In defeat St. Thomas senior forward James Vascellaro scored a team high 31 attacking Oriole frontcourt players for a down hill high percentage field goal total. Cadets junior Jack Thompson kicked in 19.
— Ryan James
Emmette Page, Osseo.
St. Thomas Academy 43-44--77
Osseo: Emmette Page 34, Maurice Nelson 5, Richard Mulbah 10, Cornell Richardson 11, Zach Theisen 27, Chike Okonkwo 2, Elijah Barlue 2
St. Thomas Academy: Gram O'Malley 2, Tony Wright 6, Jack Thompson 19, Noah Chamberlain 3, George Stewart 10, Dennis Kelly 6, Sam Vascellaro 31
Perham's Jenson Beachy (Breakdown player of the game)
Perham is one of those traditionally strong, well coached basketball teams from outstate Minnesota that you just enjoy watching because of their disciplined style of play. Ball movement is constant, the floor is spread, and cuts can come from every direction. Breck gave the Yellowjackets a run because of David Roddy but the Mustangs didn't have the defensive ability to cover enough ground versus Perham.
David Roddy recorded an impressive 37 points and 11 rebounds moving where he wanted to using his agility and strength to finish plays. Roddy not only dominated the middle but he also fed the ball to teammate Joey Ganley who cut to the rim for most of his 19 points. But after every Breck score Perham had a quick outlet and a mad rush up the floor to counter.
Jenson Beachy was the team leader in several ways. Vocally he directed his team plus handled the ball, and without the ball Beachy actively moved to space to catch and hit jumpers. Six behind the arc in fact for his 36 points and MVP performance. In addition, fellow junior Josh Jeziorksi produced 24 points supporting inside and out.
— Ryan James
Jenson Beachy, Perham.
Perham: Jenson Beachy 36, Martin LaFond 7, Josh Jeziorski 24, Ben Winkels 3, John LaFond 4, Carter Cresap 3, Finn Diggins 5
Breck: Julian Bergerson 2, Eric McDavid 11, Jaren Morton 6, Joey Ganley 19, David Roddy 37
Lakeville North's Tyler Wahl (Breakdown player of the game)
Short three starters - including top ten in state talent Brevyn Spann-Ford - St. Cloud Tech had the very difficult task of competing with Lakeville North for a full 36 minutes. The Tigers gave it a battle for about a quarter of that time but John Oxton's Panthers were too disciplined in their approach for the game to remain close.
Cole Anderson knocked out early jumpers for the Panthers (mid range and behind the arc) as he continues to have a hot hand that's carried over from the 17u season with Minnesota Heat and from last year's Panther junior varsity. Anderson scored most of his 16 during the early Panther run.
The Panther ball movement also found Owen Blascziek for two second half threes and junior Tyler Wahl was unstoppable going to the rim all game long. With Spann-Ford playing in the All State football game the Tigers had nobody up front to slow down Wahl nor Tyler Lewko.
— Ryan James
Tyler Wahl, Lakeville North.
St. Cloud Tech 19-23--42
Lakeville North 39-32--71
St. Cloud Tech: Brady Underwood 3, Tate Caldwell 6, Trent Meyer 17, Odier Olange 3, Drake Jett 3, Kail Lindgren 10
Lakeville North: Spencer Fossey 2, Owen Blascziek 8, Collin Denk 2, Tyler Lewko 10, Cole Anderson 16, Tyler Wahl 19, Tate Staloch 6, Eli Mostaert 8
Wayzata's Jacob Beeninga (Breakdown player of the game)
Wayzata put on a team basketball clinic today at Hopkins High School and those that paid the twelve dollar price all took home quality visuals to learn from.
The Trojan defensive communication, active hands and feet, positioning, and discipline completely stifled a quality Woodbury team to an 88-64 final score. Davidson bound Michael Jones fought through the well positioned defense for 35 points but without David Alston (all star football game) and DJ Fleming (missed a half for the ACT test) the Royals didn't have the fire power to combat Wayzata on either end.
Jacob Beeninga, Drew Galinson, and Luke Paulson combined for 13 three-point makes and 63 points spinning the heads of the Woodbury defense. With the floor spread and Jacob Beeninga carving up the interior it became next to impossible for Woorbury to cover the ground they needed to. Beeninga was the offensive MVP with 28, Galinson was the defensive game changer, and Paulson did a lot of both.
— Ryan James
Jacob Beeninga, Wayzata.
Wayzata: Jacob Beeninga 28, Connor Hale 5, Luke Paulson 19, Drew Galinson 16, Camden Heide 6, Anthony Ukofia 4, Tanner Jonas 4, Luke Mjaanes 2, Theo Walther 4
Woodbury: Raysean Treadwell 6, Shaheed Muhammad 3, DJ Fleming 8, Michael Jones 35, Adam Mazur 4, Rodney Erickson 2, Ryan Christensen 6
Rochester JM's Matthew Hurt (Breakdown player of the game)
Rochester JM knocked off Lakeville South 75-72 in a well played game both ways by teams with new coaches who have done a nice job with their teams.
After putting up 46 points and 17 rebounds Matthew Hurt fouled out and he needed to rely on his teammates to finish things out. And they did. Guys like Simon Werven, Montrae Hiatt, and Eric Stai are much improved players and all three - plus others - did the job working as defenders and playing collectively on offense. With Hurt out late just enough foul shots were made and quality defense was played for the win.
Lakeville South has two guys in Shae Mitchell and Beau Bailey that have always had the ability, but now they are playing with a confidence that I haven't seen before. Bailey is shooting like one of the best in his league while Mitchell is playing near an all state level because the shot and the defense have been brought to a higher level. Lakeville South will do well when these two are playing as confident as they are.
Matthew Hurt. I love how the Rockets are using him. He is catching in the high post regularly and other than sending five guys at him I don't know what you do to stop him. His spin to the rim is so quick, Matt's touch is near flawless there, and he's a fantastic high post passers (and cutters are all over). Add his rebounding in there and it was a fantastic showing.
— Ryan James
Matthew Hurt, Rochester JM.
Rochester JM 37-38--75
Lakeville South 37-35--72
Rochester JM: Matthew Hurt 46, Eric Stai 12, Montrae Hiatt 5, Tyler Ebert 4, Simon Werven 6 , Tyler Novak 2, Solomon Antione 0, Eric Byrne 0,
Lakeville South: Joe Bachnski 4, Cooper Jackson 13, Tyler Mahlman 0, Beau Bailey 18, Shae Mitchell 26, Riley Mahlman 11, Jack Adler 0, Jake Gerl 0,
Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs (Breakdown player of the game)
Two nights ago Minnehaha Academy knocked off Class AAAA number one Apple Valley and a week earlier they defeated #6 East Ridge . Tonight it was #4 ranked Park Center and many thought a let down was possible. Early on it looked very possible.
Park Center's defense was everything that Coach James Ware would want it to be and it helped the team to a spirited19-3 lead. North Dakota State signed Jarius Cook exploded for 20 first half points and everything was looking great with a Pirates 38-27 lead, until Cook picked up his fourth foul with 2.8 seconds to go in the first half.
Right then everything changed. With Cook having to start the second half on the bench Jalen Suggs took the game completely over (and there was no Pirates defender capable of keeping him in front). Suggs attacked the rim making 9 of 15 field goals, plus 6 of 10 foul shots. Away from the rim Jalen grabbed ten boards and dished out four assists, he earned a jumpball, took a charge, and quite simply took the game over.
Cook came back on the floor with nine minutes to go but by then all the momentum was lost and he had been sitting for far too long. A Jalen Suggs spin move into an And1 finish gave the Redhawks the lead with six minutes to go. Park Center went several minutes without a field goal while the sophomore trio of Suggs, Kaden Johnson, Terry Lockett made the plays to give the Redhawks a 61-55 win. - Ryan James
Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy.
Park Center 38-17--55
Minnehaha Academy 27-34--61
Park Center: Khari Broadway 4, DJ Purnell 5, Tommy Chatman 3, Emmanuel Tamba 6, Jarius Cook 23, DT Frierson 1, Lavonte Parker 5, Dain Dainja 8
Minnehaha Academy: Jalen Suggs 25, Kaden Johnson 10, Terry Lockett 11, Lorenzo Smith 5, Prince Aligbe 1, Bennett Theisen 2, JaVonni Bickham 7
Hopkins' Zeke Nnaji (Breakdown player of the game)
For years we've been trying to get Hopkins and DeLaSalle on the court together and tonight it finally happened. Six time defending champion DeLaSalle against Hopkins, the top Class AAAA program since the turn of the century. Talent was everywhere and the action didn't disappoint.
DeLaSalle held the lead for approximately 80 percent of the game despite constant foul trouble for senior Gabe Kalscheur. Tyrell Terry controlled the pace hitting threes, scoring 20, and dishing out seven assists. Many of his passes when to fellow junior Jamison Battle who knocked out six treys for 24 points.
The deeper and bigger team was Hopkins and although it took a long time to earn the lead, when Zeke Nnaji fought through bodies for a putback with seconds to go it gave Hopkins the game. Nnaji had a 17 point and ten rebound double-double while sophomores Blaise Beauchamp and Kerwin Walton each scored 19 (nine treys combined). Add in the defense and the 16 points from Anthony Davis and you had a deeper Hopkins team earning the 84-79 win.
— Ryan James
Zeke Nnaji, Hopkins.
DeLaSalle: Tyrell Terry 20, Gabe Kalscheur 17, Julian Wright 3, Jamison Battle 24, CJ Dickson 9, Rayquan Moore 2, Malik Lamin 4
Hopkins: Blaise Beauchamp 19, Kerwin Walton 19, DJ Davis 4, Anthony Davis 16, Zeke Nnaji 17, Dane Zimmer 5, Joe Hedstrom 4
Cretin-Derham Hall's Ryan Larson and Daniel Oturu (Breakdown players of the game)
The Cretin-Derham Hall vs Orono contest was for many reasons the most anticipated game of the event. Both teams are ranked second in their respected classes and because future Gopher teammates Jarvis Omersa and Daniel Oturu were going head to head the game was a hot ticket.
Another match-up that many were looking forward to was Colton Codute against Ryan Larson. Both players scored the ball consistently with each having highlight plays. Codute had a pair of amazing body control And1s and a four point play that I still can't believe I saw taking off from the arc and hitting at the elbow. Larson countered with his speed to score 16 and he was able to produce seven assists. Codute had 17 points and four assists.
As far as Oturu against Omersa went, Daniel had more highlight blocks while Omersa had the dunk advantage. Oturu shot half the amount of field goals (Jarvis 20, Daniel 10) but Daniel was at the foul line more. Both had double figure boards (Oturu 11, Omersa 14) but Daniel had seven blocks. Oturu also got help from the 17 points from Sy Chatman.
The Raiders had just a little more size and a little more talent giving them a one point 77-76 win. Max Bjorklund scored a game high 24 for Orono but Jaeden King held his own with 15 points. All in all the teams put on a great show for the fans.
— Ryan James
Daniel Oturu/Ryan Larson, Cretin-Derham Hall
Cretin-Derham Hall 42-35--77
Orono: Colton Codute 17, Max Bjorklund 24, Jarvis Omersa 18, Thomas Lecy 6, Griffen Sage 5, Mitchell Hirschberg 0, Caleb Olson 0, Blake O'Conner 6
Cretin-DH: Sy Chatman 17, Jaeden King 15, Ryan Larson 16, Jaylen Newton 0, Caleb Davis 0, Amari Carter 5, Jacob Prince 3, Daniel Oturu 21
Apple Valley's Tre Jones and Josh Arnold (Breakdown players of the game)
The late night finale also doubled as the late night whistle party by three not welcomed men. It wasn't their fault, they had to control a physical game but the 11:30 time meant we all missed Weekend Update and Wendy's was about to close, so some people were crabby.
Apple Valley and Minneapolis North battled it out in a foul fest that allowed Josh Arnold to score 20 points on 16 of 19 foul shooting plus Zach Korba put up a huge 19 points with many coming when Tre Jones was sitting in foul trouble.
Mr. Jones. Jamal Crawford, Jimmy Butler, and brother Tyus Jones were here to see him along with thousands of other Minnesota high school basketball fans. They were grumpy when he had three first half fouls but his full court hammer dunk over Zion Sanford was well worth the wait. The physical dunk brought the house down and was the most exciting of Tre's 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Minneapolis North competed with the Eagles as leaders Tayler Johnson and ODell Wilson - both of which played in the Minnesota high school football all star game today - scored a respectable 20 and 21 points. Add in the dozen from grade eight Trejuan Holloman and North gave it a good run.
— Ryan James
Tre Jones, Apple Valley
Mpls North 35-38--73
Apple Valley 35-46 - 81
Minneapolis North: Zion Sanford 4, Elijah Campbell 8, Tayler Johnson 21, Nasir El-Amin 4, Omar Brown 4, Trejuan Holloman 12, Da’Koi Hines 0, Phaizon Scott 0, Odell Wilson IV 20
Apple Valley: Josh Arnold 20, Nathan Macho 13, Tre Jones 19, Ethan Thomas 0, Michael Thomas 1, Ely Hendrickson 5, Zach Korba 19, Mark Possis 0, Spencer Rolland 4, Logan Wangerin 0
Springfield's Mitchell Buerkle (Breakdown player of the game)
The Tigers showed why they are considered one of the favorites to take home a state title this season, dispatching Spring Grove 86-63 in the opening game of the Breakdown Tip Off Classic.
An 18-5 run over the final five minutes of the first half gave Springfield a 17-point halftime lead and the offense never slowed down.
Mitchell Buerkle led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points while Isaac Fink added 18. Tanner Vogel and Decker Scheffler scored 16 and 14 respectively as the Tigers continued on their early season scoring tear.
Alex Folz led Spring Grove with 17 points but a string of turnovers early in the game put the Lions in a hole that was simply too large to overcome.
— Matt Bigelow
Mitchelle Buerkle, Springfield.
Spring Grove 23-40--63
Spring Grove: Folz 17, Murphy 16, Matzke 15, Grinde 8, Elton 5, Bjerke 2
Springfield: Buerkle 19, Fink 18, Vogel 16, Scheffler 14, Kieper 10, Hovland 4, Beckman 4, Leonard 1
Austin's Tate Hebrink (Breakdown player of the game)
The Austin Packers got 20 points from senior guard Tate Hebrink on their way to a 72-53 win over Totino-Grace in the Breakdown Tip Off Classic. The Packers used a 34-13 extended run over the final half of the first half to take a 44-30 lead into halftime..
Duoth Gach was quiet offensively, scoring just six points. But his defense at the head of the Packer zone keyed a staunch effort which overwhelmed the Eagles for large stretches of the game. Ngor Deng and Medi Obang scored 11 each for the Packers while Nick Flottmeier led the Eagles in scoring with 14.
— Matt Bigelow
Tate Hebrink, Austin.
Austin: Hebrink 20, N. Deng 11, M. Obang 11, Issa 8, Obany 8, Gach 6, D. Deng 4, Gillis 2, A. Obang 2
Totino-Grace: Flottmeier 14, Schmidt 10, Kittelson 7, Mischke 6, Jacob 6, R. Burger 6, D. Burger 3, Weierke 1
Delano's Calvin Wishart (Breakdown player of the game)
Calvin Wishart has been piling up video-game numbers throughout his career at Delano. He did it again Saturday, scoring 32 points while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out eight assists, leading the Tigers to an 85-58 win over Fergus Falls.
Wishart dominated the game essentially from start to finish, controlling the game on both ends of the floor. Keegan O’Neil added 23 points to continue his strong start to the season.
Harrison Christensen led the Otters with 17 points while Nathan Rund and Matthew Johnson added 14 and 13. A string of early turnovers put Fergus Falls behind the eight ball early and despite a closely-played first half, the Tigers put the game away quickly in the second frame.
— Matt Bigelow
Calvin Wishart, Delano.
Fergus Falls 35-23--58
Fergus Falls: Christensen 17, Rund 14, Johnson 13, Raitz 5, Stanislawski 4, Pearson 3, Salveson 2
Delano: Wishart 32, O’Neil 23, Longstreet 10, Techam 6, Bredahl 5, Otto 5, Schultz 2, Hall 2
Eden Prairie's Austin Andrews (Breakdown player of the game)
The Eagles didn’t make it easy on themselves, but they earned a hard-fought overtime win thanks to terrific defense and timely scoring.
Austin Andrews poured in 33 points including eight in the overtime session, leading Eden Prairie to a 65-58 win over North St. Paul.
Drake Dobbs added 21 points and Kyler Kluge was a rock on the defensive end of the floor.
Goodnews Kpegeol led the Polars with 17 points but was saddled with foul trouble for large stretches of the game. He didn’t play in the overtime session. Bryce Phillips scored 10 points, including the game-tying bucket to send the game to overtime.
Andrews broke the scoreless overtime more than two minutes in with a corner 3-pointer and the Eagles tacked on free throws the rest of the way.
— Matt Bigelow
Austin Andrews, Eden Prairie.
Eden Prairie 32-23-10-65
North St. Paul 28-27-3--58
Eden Prairie: Andrews 33, Dobbs 21, Henry 7, Kluge 2, Johnson 2
North St. Paul: Kpegeol 17, Lankford-Johnson 12, Golden 11, Phillips 10, Bateman 3, Dumenya 3, Stapleton 2
Caledonia's Owen King (Breakdown player of the game)
Things weren’t looking good for Caledonia. Things changed quickly. Trailing by 10 with 12 minutes to go in the game, Owen King put the Warriors on his back on the way to a 94-80 win over St. Cloud Cathedral.
King poured in 36 points and keyed a 36-15 extended run that took the Warriors from down 60-50 to up 86-75 with two minutes to play. Noah King and Marten Morem scored 17 and 16 points.
Shorthanded without Mitchell Plombon, the Crusaders controlled the tempo of the game for the first 25 minutes or so. Michael Schaefer scored 21 points while sophomore guard Jacob Stoltzenberg led the way with 26.
— Matt Bigelow
Owen King, Caledonia.
St. Cloud Cathedral 44-36--80
Caledonia: O. King 36, N. King 17, Morem 16, Kearney 9, Barthel 4, Garvin 4, E. King 3, Storlie 3, Burg 2
St. Cloud Cathedral: Stoltzenberg 26, M. Schaefer 21, Baustian-Jangula 20, N. Schaefer 8, Weisser 3, Anderson 2
Annandale's AJ Hinz (Breakdown player of the game)
In a matchup featuring two state tournament fixtures at the Class AA level, it was Annandale beating Esko 68-55 in overtime thanks to a stifling defensive effort in the extra session.
AJ Hinz and Nick Bieniek scored 24 and 22 points to lead the way for the Cardinals and Trenton Peterson keyed a terrific defensive effort as the Eskomos scored just one point in the overtime period.
Camden Berger led Esko with 18 points while Quinn Fischer chipped in 13. Annandale made a concerted effort to slow down Eskomo senior big man Adam Trapp, holding him to just 12 points.
— Matt Bigelow
AJ Hinz, Annandale.
Annandale: Hinz 24, Bieniek 22, Peterson 8, Peper 4, Healy 4, Howard 3, Schueler 3
Esko: Berger 18, Fischer 13, Trapp 12, Pantsar 11, Rish 1
Minnetonka's Jalen Dearring (Breakdown player of the game)
Minnetonka got 22 points from Jalen Dearring and a strong all-around effort from Jon Martens on the way to a 70-56 win over Champlin Park. Cameron Steele added 19 points in the winning effort.
The new-look Rebels hung tough early in a back-and-forth contest, but the Skippers used a 11-0 run to take a 57-40 lead with six minutes to play to essentially put the game out of reach.
Josiah Strong was solid for Champlin Park, scoring 29 points. But the Skipper defense was tough on the rest of the Rebels as no other player scored in double figures.
— Matt Bigelow
Jalen Dearring, Minnetonka.
Champlin Park 25-31--56
Champlin Park: Strong 29, Otto 9, Tappa 5, John 5, Seley 2, Olson 2, Walter 2 McKenzie IV 2
Minnetonka: Dearring 22, Steele 19, Patton 15, Martens 7, Haas 5, Homeister 2
Robbinsdale Armstrong's Ben Inniger (Breakdown player of the game)
In a matchup featuring two revamped teams, it was Robbinsdale Armstrong’s defensive effort that proved the difference. Behind a stifling defensive showing, the Falcons beat New Prague 38-30.
The Trojans struggled to score all night, scoring just 10 points in the first half, but trimmed the lead to 29-28 with less than four minutes to play thanks to terrific second half defense. New Prague held the Falcons to just 14 second-half points.
Timely free throws from Isaiah Miller and Devyn Frye helped guide the Falcons to victory. Miller and Frye scored eight and 11 points. Ben Inniger added nine.
— Matt Bigelow
Ben Inniger, Robbinsdale Armstrong.
New Prague 10-20--30
Armstrong: Frye 11, Inniger 9, Miller 8, Togbasi 4, Lozier 2, Breitbach 2, Peterson 2
New Prague: Kemp 11, Johnson 6, Nielsen 6, Brusseau 3, Zimmer 2, Bartusek 2
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