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Boys state hoops tournament: Apple Valley, DeLaSalle win big school titles

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Champions were crowned Saturday in the Minnesota State High School League boys' basketball tournament at Target Center. Here are the results for all four divisions.

CLASS 4A: Apple Valley defeats Champlin Park 64-61

Apple Valley beat Champlin Park’s 64-61 to win the Class 4A boys’ basketball state tournament title.

The Eagles won their second state title in three seasons, and their victory spoiled Champlin Park's bid for an undefeated season. They were 31-0 heading into the game.

Class 3A: DeLaSalle defeats St. Paul Johnson 82-64

DeLaSalle High School of Minneapolis made history Saturday with its fourth consecutive 3A state championship, defeating St. Paul Johnson 82-64 at Target Center.

In the process, the team became the third boys basketball team to win four straight titles. The other schools who reached that plateau were Southwest Minnesota Christian (Class 1A, 1999-2002) and Minneapolis Henry (Class 3A, 2000-2003), according to the MSHSL.

DeLaSalle dominated the No. 2 seeded Johnson throughout the game. Guard Sacar Anim scored 32 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Islanders. Anim has committed to play college ball at Marquette.

Class 2A: Melrose defeats Caledonia 63-51

The Melrose Dutchmen won the boys basketball title for the first time in 41 years over Caledonia, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Melrose (29-5), which was seeded fifth, got 24 points from Drake Meyer and 15 points from Tyler Braegelmann. Caledonia, the second seed, was led by Austin Bauer, Justin Burg and Colton Lampert with nine points each. Caledonia finished the season at 28-5.

Class 1A: Rushford-Peterson defeats Maranatha Christian 51-44

Rushford-Peterson wins its third boys state basketball championship, beating Maranatha Christian 51-44 for the Class 1A title, the Star Tribune reports. Alex Vix scored a season-high 23 points and Charlie Krambeer had 17 for the Trojans (32-1), who won their 28th straight game. The Mustangs (29-3) were led by Jeremiah Hanson, who had 21 points, including 17 in the final six minutes.

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