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Boys basketball:

Lourdes didn't have an answer for the outside game of St. Thomas Academy during the championship game of the Original Storytelling Bracket of the Rotary U.S. Bank Holiday Classic in boys basketball Friday.

St. Thomas Academy made 10 of 16 3-point shots and that proved to be the difference in a 65-56 victory over Lourdes as the Eagles (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season.

"We weren't able to get them off of that 3-point line," Lourdes senior forward Matthew Ustby said. "They were making shots from out there."

St. Thomas (7-1) was especially effective in the first half when it made 6 of 7 from beyond the arc.

"They shot it well and in the first half they had six different kids hit a three," Lourdes coach Jim Daly said. "You're not going to see that too often."


Lourdes was a modest 4-for-15 from 3-point range.

St. Thomas flashed its depth as Sam Vascellalro came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and added five rebounds. Jack Thompson (14 points) and Sam Schlepper (11) were also in double figures for STA and they combined for five 3-pointers.

"We knew they were quite deep," Daly said.

STA led 34-23 at the half. Lourdes center Daniel Galkowski had 11 of his 13 points in the first half and led the Eagles with six rebounds. Ustby scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and Dominic Sieve scored all nine of his in the final 18 minutes to keep Lourdes in the game.

Ustby scored to pull the Eagles within 58-51 with 4:55 to play. Thompson then drilled a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run as STA surged back into control for good.

"They killed our momentum by making shots from the outside," Ustby said. "We knew going in they had some snipers."

STA shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field (26-for-46) and controlled the boards 30-20.

"I think they were a tougher team," Ustby said. "They beat us up on the boards."


"We played hard and had a good two games," Daly said of the two-day event. "Hopefully it helps us for the second half of the season and in conference play."


Lake City runs 'out of gas' in finals

There would be no comeback for Lake City in the second game of the Rotary U.S. Bank Holiday Classic

The Tigers had rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Class AAAA Rosemount in the opening round of play on Thursday. But in the finals of the Rotary Bracket on Friday, it was Class AAAA Robbinsdale Cooper that pulled away in the second half.

Cooper outscored Lake City 44-15 in the second half, including an 18-0 run to end the game, to win the bracket 70-38.

"We ran out of gas," Lake City coach Greg Berge said. "They played very physical and strong. It was a very physical game and we really got hurt on the offensive boards in the second half."

Cooper kept coming at Lake City in waves the entire game. Class AA Lake City, which suffered its first loss after seven wins, had 24 turnovers in the game to a mere two for Cooper.


"Their ball pressure kind of got to us in the second half, and in the first half, too," Lake City senior guard Mitch Marien said. "Their zone pressure really hurt us."

Cooper (3-2) had four players reach double figures as Damien Gordon led the way with 16 points and Beijan Newbern scored all 13 of his in the second half.

Marien had 16 points, but no other Lake City player had more than six. Marien had seven of the Tigers' modest 15 points in the final half. High-scoring guard Marc Kjos (15 points a game) was held to just two points.

"I don't think we're going to see a team that strong and athletic in the conference," Marien said.

Cooper held a narrow 26-23 lead at the half. It forced 13 turnovers in the second half and outrebounded the Tigers 21-11 over the final 18 minutes.

"I like the way our kids competed in the first half and the first part of the second half," Berge said.

"Like I told the guys, we got better in this tournament," the coach added. "We played two 4-A schools and split with them. We're not going to see a team like that in our section or conference."

JM bounces back for win

John Marshall rebounded from a loss in the opening round to beat Rosemount 66-59 in the consolation game of the Rotary Bracket of the Rotary U.S. Bank Holiday Classic on Friday.

Matthew Hurt had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Rockets (4-3), and was one of four players in double figures. Dedoch Chan had 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Isaiah Walden had 14 points and Ray Adams chipped in with 10.

"After coming out and playing flat last night, I was very pleased with our effort and intensity," JM coach Kirk Thompson said. "We played a very poised and balanced game offensively and defensively. I love our balanced play and thought we took care of the ball very well."

JM trailed 20-18 with six minutes left in the first half before closing the half with a 16-2 run.

Myka Edmond had a game-high 29 points for Rosemount (6-2).


P-E-M falls in OT of title game

Plainview-Elgin-Millville came up just short in the championship game of the Minnesota 97.5 Bracket. The Bulldogs missed a shot just before the buzzer in regulation and then lost in overtime 68-60 to Minneapolis Washburn (5-2).

Cortez Adams scored seven of his 22 points in overtime for Washburn (5-2).

Barron Holtz scored a game-high 22 points for P-E-M (4-4) while David Penrose chipped in with 13.

Mayo finishes strong, wins in second round

Mayo played a strong team game to roll past Henry Sibley 81-48 in the consolation round of the Minnesota 97.5 Bracket.

Mayo (2-6) dished out 20 assists in the game.

"We are starting to find flow offensively with excellent spacing and played multiple sides of the floor creating great open shots," Mayo coach Rick Canton said. "We played excellent team defense containing gaps and and finished with a plus-26 rebound margin."

Trajan Grimsrud led Mayo with 25 points and six assists. Peter Lundquist had 23 points and 12 rebounds while Adam Leary also had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Mayo pulled away after leading Henry Sibley (1-7) just 32-28 at the half.

"I am proud of our second day intensity level," Canton said. "This was a very gutty performance."


Burnsville too much for Century

Century dropped its second straight lopsided game in the final round of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Bracket of the Rotary U.S. Bank Holiday Classic.

Burnsville (3-7) defeated the Panthers 88-57.

Century (1-7) played the Blaze tough in the early going and trailed just 17-13. Burnsville then used its quickness and running game to outscore Century 33-14 the rest of the game for a commanding 50-27 lead.

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