Rockets come up short against Woodbury
Kirk Thompson hasn't been thrilled with his team's defense and ability to track down loose balls all season.
Those points of contention were more pronounced on Wednesday. By no surprise, they showed up against an excellent team and one with superb quickness, Woodbury.
It came in the title game of the Rotary Holiday Classic boys basketball Waddell and Reed bracket at Mayo Civic Auditorium.
Tracking down loose balls and a failure to always completely compete on defense generally doesn't mean JM loses the game. The Rockets are ranked sixth in the state and entered Wednesday with just one loss.
Now, make it two.
Woodbury outquicked and outworked the Rockets to the tune of an 84-69 win.
The Royals moved to 10-2 overall, while JM is 8-2.
"We need to crash the boards better and we have to start taking pride in stopping our guy (from scoring)," JM star senior forward Michael Hurt said.
Hurt was referring to his team being outrebounded 30-27 and giving up a pack of close-in shots, many of them on second-chance opportunities. The smaller but quicker Royals had 19 more shot attempts than JM in a first half that ended with Woodbury leading 44-38.
But JM sure did get off to a fine start. The Rockets grabbed a quick 11-2 lead and looked like they might run away with the win. Hurt had seven of those points and finished with 21 for the game, as well as nine assists. Freshman brother Matthew Hurt led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
But Woodbury spent the rest of the game showing off its speed, shooting and ability to handle pressure. And JM wilted a bit, with a rare (for them) 18 turnovers.
This was a game that Woodbury wanted badly. It wants to get into the top-10 rankings, like JM.
"I think we were faster and played more aggressive than JM did," said Woodbury guard Jake West, who finished with 12 points. Fellow guard Jeremiah Coddon led the Royals with 19 points.
Woodbury 84, John Marshall 69
Jeremiah Coddon 19 P, 2 3-PT; Jake West 12 P, 2 3-PT; Ike Thilgen 5 P, 1 3-PT; Michael Jones 11 P, 3 3-PT; Jace Klinkner 4 P; Collin Flanagan 9 P; Nathan Bursch 9 P.
JOHN MARSHALL (69)
Isaiah Walden 5 P, 1 3-PT; Brandon Kriegel 3 P, 1 3-PT; Miguel Rios 2 P; Ray Adams 7 P, 1 3-PT; Matthew Hurt 22 P, 9 R, 2 3-PT; D'Angelo Tines 5 P, 5 R; Michael Hurt 21 P, 7 R, 1 3-PT.
Halftime:WOOD 44, JM 38.
Free throws:WOOD 11-18, JM 6-11.
Three-point goals:WOOD 8, JM 6.
Trojans fall hard in 3rd-place game
Rushford-Peterson brought an 8-2 record into the Rotary tournament, but is now 8-4 after a second tough game in which R-P appeared overmatched.
This time the opponent was Prior Lake, which took a 38-27 lead into halftime and didn't look back, claiming a 67-37 win. Prior Lake is now 4-7.
R-P had trouble on offense, with Luke Rasmussen leading the team with 11 points, one of just two Trojans to reach double figures. The other was Matt Culhane, with 10.
Prior Lake was led by Brian Sitzmann, who scored 19 points, including three buckets from beyond the 3-point arc. Jack Kortes added 17 points for Prior Lake.
Prior Lake 67, Rushford-Peterson 37
Noah Carlson 8 P; Neil Courrier 3 P, 1 3-PT; Brad Eggert 3 P, 1 3-PT; Luke Rasmussen 11 P, 2 3-PT; Noah Dahl 2 P; Matt Culhane 10 P.
PRIOR LAKE (67)
Jack Nusbaum 1 P; Casey Gustina 7 P, 1 3-PT; Nick Raddatz 2 P; Jack Kortes 17 P, 2 3-PT; Brian Sitzmann 19 P, 3 3-PT; Carter Niklason 2 P; Trent West 2 P; Jacob Peterson 7 P; Devin Mays 8 P.
Halftime:PL 38, RP 27.
Free throws:RP 13-19, PL 9-17.
Three-point goals:RP 4, PL 6.
Cooper too much for Lourdes
Rochester Lourdes knew that this was a large assignment. Maybe even a daunting one.
But the Eagles hung in there against ultra-quick Robbinsdale Cooper before bowing 50-43 in the Rotary tournament bracket final at Mayo Civic Center.
Cooper's reputation preceded it. The Hawks have lost just once this season, and have been getting it done with a deep team that applies relentless on-the-ball pressure.
Lourdes did an OK job against all of that. But in the end, Cooper simply had more juice than the Eagles. After leading just 20-18 at halftime, the Hawks turned things up another notch and gave Lourdes nothing but challenged looks at the basket.
"I think we just worked harder than they did," said Cooper point guard Nathan Hill said, whose team moved to 7-1.
Lourdes coach Jim Daly wasn't ready to agree with that. He saw something else.
"They are a good team," said Daly, whose Eagles slipped to 8-5. "We just had a hard time scoring. (Cooper) is just so athletic and pretty skilled, too."
Cooper got solid offensive games from Hill (15 points), Melvin Newbern Jr.. (14 points) and Beijan Newbern (11 points). The Newberns are sons of former University of Minnesota standout guard Melvin Newbern.
Lourdes also landed three in double figures. Center Daniel Galkowski had 15 points, while guards Noah Hillman and Carter Greguson had 12 and 10, respectively.
Robbinsdale Cooper 50, Lourdes 43
ROBBINSDALE COOPER (50)
Beijan Newbern 11 P; Damien Gordon 8 P; Nathan Hill 15 P, 1 3-PT; Melvin Newbern 14 P; Isaiah Gordon 2 P.
Ryan Nonn 5 P; Dominic Sieve 15 P; Noah Hillman 12 P, 1 3-PT; Carter Greguson 10 P; Daniel Galkowski 15 P.
Halftime:RC 20, LOUR 18.
Free throws:RC 14-23, LOUR 12-19.
Three-point goals:RC 1, LOUR 1.
White Bear Lake slips past Bulldogs
White Bear Lake made up for a seven-point halftime deficit to slip past Plainview-Elgin-Millville 73-71 in the third-place game.
The Bears did it with a pack of 3-pointers. They buried 11 of them. Sam Schwartz led the way with five treys and 21 points. Kyle Kanipes had three treys and 18 points.
P-E-M got 15 points apiece from Carson Root and Barron Holtz.
White Bear Lake 73, P-E-M 71
WHITE BEAR LAKE (73)
Kevin May 10 P, 1 3-PT; Sam Schwartz 21 P, 5 3-PT; Kyle Kanipes 18 P, 3 3-PT; Blake Charles 8 P; Austin Schochet 6 P, 1 3-PT; Carter Kaun 5 P, 1 3-PT; Nathan Thomas 2 P; Matthew LeMay 2 P.
Carson Root 15 P, 3 3-PT; Barron Holtz 15 P, 1 3-PT; Chase Rahman 6 P; Brady Ziebell 8 P; Chason Cordova 13 P; Gavin Folkert 8 P, 2 3-PT; Evan Burdick 4 P; Nate Harrington 2 P.
Halftime: PEM 36, WBL 29.
Free throws:WBL 10-27, PEM 12-23.
Three-point goals:WBL11, PEM 6.
Burnsville better than its record
Burnsville has a decidedly losing record that is decidedly deceiving.
The Maze are 3-8 overall after notching a 61-37 win over Rochester Century in the championship game of their bracket at Mayo Civic Auditorium.
As for that 3-8 record — it's what you can be stuck with when you play in likely the toughest conference in the state, the South Suburban.
"We feel like we're better than our record," said Burnsville standout forward Jason Gumm.
"But yeah, we do play in a tough conference."
It includes two teams ranked in the top 10 in state Class AAAA, Apple Valley (No. 2) and Shakopee (No. 4), plus a bunch of others that would crack the top 25.
Burnsville showed how tested it is with a pair of easy wins in the Rotary tournament. That included Wednesday's against a Century team that is just 2-10 overall.
The Panthers had their hands full with the slick play of 6-foot-4 forward Gumm.
The senior did a little bit of everything for his team, scoring 12 points, rebounding well, and dishing deftly to his teammates.
The inside combination of Gumm and teammate Tucker Shepley proved too much for Century. Shepley, showing power and a soft touch, scored 17 points and got his hands on a number of Century shots.
The Panthers were hoping to counter with their standout, Jared Bakken. Bakken entered the game averaging 17 points and was coming off a game of 31 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Bloomington Kennedy.
But there was little of that against Burnsville, whose interior defense was long armed and strong. Bakken managed just five points and had just two at halftime. Fellow inside man Evan Miller led the Panthers with 10 points.
"Burnsville owned the paint," Century coach Joe Ohm said. "We shot something like 24 percent on two-point shots. But we weren't patient and we didn't play good team basketball."
Burnsville 61, Century 37
Marcus Shepley 6 P; Caleb Druvenga 3 P; Andrew Hanson 3 P; Jackson Martens 12 P; Jason Gumm 12 P; Stephen Olson 1 P; Ty Miklowski 4 P; Matt Baisch 3 P; Tucker Shepley 17 P.
Malik Burton 3 P; Matthew Captain 3 P, 1 3-PT; Bailey Hollenbeck 8 P, 2 3-PT; Ryan Fink 4 P; Jared Bakken 5 P; Jacob Elliott 20 P; Evan Miller 10 P.
Halftime:BURN 25, CENT 19.
Free throws:BURN 16-27, CENT 2-2
Three-point goals:BURN 0, CENT 3.
Lake City rides Kuchinka to third place
Bloomington Kennedy is still winless.
Lake City senior guard Brady Kuchinka made sure of it by scoring 31 points in pacing his team to an easy 87-64 win over Kennedy in the Rotary boys basketball third-place bracket game at Exhibit Hall.
The win moved the Tigers to 10-2 overall. Kennedy is 0-13.
Kuchinka added four steals to his total. Mitch Marien dished out six assists.
Lake City 87, Bloomington Kennedy 64
LAKE CITY (87)
Nathan Heise 4 P; Mitch Marien 4 P, 4 R; Matt Kjos 5 P; Marc Kjos 9 P, 2 3-PT; Robert Barts 4 P, 6 R; Alex Meincke 2 P; Eli Custer 10 P, 7 R; Brady Kuchinka 31 P, 2 3-PT; Nate Jasso 0 P; Trent Meyer 4 P; Jesse Oliver 7 P, 1 3-PT.
BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY (64)
Dajon Devine 3 P, 1 3-PT; Markel Aune 16 P, 2 3-PT; Rich Tibayan 11 P, 1 3-PT; Dimarco Johnson 3 P; Brodrick Johnson 6 P; Cyrus Hamilton 2 P; Josh Bryant 15 P, 6 R, 1 3-PT; Andre Alexander 8 P, 6 R.
Halftime:LC 45, BK 26.
Free throws:LC 22-32, BK 15-25.
Three-point goals:LC 5, BK 5.
East Ridge sizzles against Byron
It's been a nice season for Byron, which had eight wins in its first 11 games.
Things weren't as nice for the Bears on Wednesday night however in their bracket finals. Byron ran into a team — one from a school a whole lot bigger than its — that mostly sizzled against them. Class AAAA East Ridge shot an almost-unheard-of 88 percent from the field in the first half and ran off with an easy 76-39 win at Mayo Civic Auditorium.
The Raptors hit five treys, with most of them coming in a first half that ended with them leading 50-22. East Ridge improved to 5-6 overall and has won four of its last six. The game ended up in running time thanks to the large lead East Ridge built.
"I've never been on that side of running time," Byron coach Kerry Linbo said. "But they just (were more physical than) us. We also had too many turnovers, which led to easy points for them."
East Ridge was led by Nick Christenson with 20 points. Zach Bennett added 16. Michael Coble had 19 points for Byron, including hitting three 3-pointers.
East Ridge 76, Byron 39
Nathan Lillestol 5 P, 1 3-PT; Michael Coble 19 P, 3 3-PT; Spencer Waldemar 2 P; Ben Gibson 1 P; Caden Blazing 2 P; Nick Brown 2 P; Zach Dykes 8 P.
EAST RIDGE (76)
Luke Coquyt 10 P; Charlie Betz 3 P, 1 3-PT; Nick Christenson 20 P, 2 3-PT; Max Gamm 11 P; Zach Bennett 16 P, 2 3-PT; Tom Kelzenberg 4 P; Kyle Junker 7 P.
Halftime:ER 50, BYR 22.
Free throws:BYR 7-12, ER 4-7.
Three-point goals:BYR 4, ER 5.
Rosemount holds off Spartans
Rochester Mayo struggled to produce offense and lost 68-52 to Rosemount in the third-place bracket game.
"Rosemount did a good job of changing defenses and some of their pressure caused us to lose focus," Mayo coach Shaun Lang said. "We had far too many turnovers, many of which led to points for Rosemount."
The Spartans and Irish were tied at 25 at halftime.
Kyle Wernstrom had 17 points for Mayo. Luke Loehr led Rosemount with 23 points.
Rosemount 68, Mayo 52
Jared Hanson 10 P; Luke Loehr 23 P, 1 3-PT; Daniel Monson 4 P; Myka Edmond 5 P; Ethan Engdahl 2 P; Kelly Muir 5 P, 1 3-PT; Alec Loehr 19 P.
D'Ante Ross 4 P; Trajan Grimsrud 9 P, 3 3-PT; Mazin Hammadelniel 5 P; Lucas Ellerbusch 3 P, 1 3-PT; Cooper Ramaker 12 P, 8 R; Levi Poppe 2 P; Kyle Wernstrom 17 P, 9 R.
Halftime:ROS 25, MAYO 25.
Free throws:ROS 21-36, MAYO 14-21.
Three-point goals:ROS 2, MAYO 4.