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Day 2 State Hoops: Lakeville North to meet Hopkins in 4A championship


Day 2 of the Minnesota State High School boys' basketball tournament is in the books. At the completion of the afternoon and evening the finals are set in Class 4A and 3A, while the semifinals are set after the first day of the 1A tournament.

Here are the results from Thursday's games.

4A semifinals

Lakeville North 60, Osseo 56

Unbeaten no more, Lakeville North ended Osseo's hopes at a perfect season 60-56 in the Class 4A semifinals at Target Center Thursday evening.

Nathan Reuvers put the Panthers on his back during stretches of the game. Reuvers led Lakeville North with 17 points, he also grabbed nine rebounds and added a very important block late in the game.

Carter Brooks, Calven Pesola and Nick Fossey each chipped in 12.

The Panthers controlled the glass outrebounding the Orioles 36-21 on the night.

Lakeville North will meet up with Hopkins Saturday night in the 4A state championship.

Hopkins 84, Apple Valley 60

It was supposed to be the game of the night, but it didn't quite turn out that way as Hopkins beat up on Apple Valley 84-60 in the Class 4A semifinals at Target Center.

Xavier Johnson led the way Royals, he scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. While Amir Coffey and Vinnie Shahid added 16 a piece.

Apple Valley didn't hit a lot of shots, the Eagles shot just 36 percent from the floor. Gary Trent Jr. had 23, but he was 9-of-28 from the floor and 0-of-7 from the three-point line.

The win moves Hopkins into the state championship against Lakeville North Saturday night.

1A quarterfinals

Minneapolis North 80, St. Clair 27

Running time was needed after Minneapolis North, the top seed and heavy favorite in 1A, dominated its way to a 53-point win over St. Clair, which was making its first trip to State while North was playing in the big dance for the 20th time, but first in 13 years.

Five North players scored in double figures, led by the dynamic duo of Tyler Johnson and Jamil Jackson Jr., both of whom scored 14 points. Johnson will play football for the Gophers next fall.

Red Lake 66, Browerville-Eagle Valley 52

The Red Lake Warriors pulled off the lower-seed upset over the Browerville-Eagle Valley thanks to 18 points from Kendall Whitefeather, who lit it up from deep with four 3-pointers.

Red Lake got out to an early lead on a 10-0 run thanks to the passing of Rob McClain, who barely missed a triple double, filling up the stat sheet with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. After that strong start, the Warriors led 37-26 at the half, and the Tigers were never able to close the gap.

Red Lake will face Minneapolis North in Friday's 12 p.m. semifinal game.

Central Minnesota Christian 50 vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl 32 – 3 p.m.

Central Minnesota Christian's Bluejays smothered Mountain Iron-Buhl with overwhelming defense to advance to the 1A semifinals.

The 'jays held their competition to just just 8 made shots on 44 attempts, an 18.2 field goal percentage, and forced 21 turnovers. Taylor Slagter managed a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds, throwing in 4 assists and 2 blocks for good measure.

This is Central Minnesota Christian's second consecutive tournament visit, they'll advance to the 1A semifinals to play Goodhue in the semifinals.

Goodhue 54, Lake Park-Audubon 29

Goodhue outscored Lake Park-Audubon 23-2 off turnovers and ran away with a 54-29 victory in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

Ben Opsahl and Ryan Alpers led the Wildcats, each scored 13 points. Jacob McNamara chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Goodhue broke the game open with a 14-2 run late in the first half and early in the second half.

The Wildcats will face Central Minnesota Christian Friday in the semifinals at Target Center.

3A semifinals

DeLaSalle 59, Monticello 45

The Islanders continued their march towards history, cementing a slot in the championship game with a win over Monticello. DeLaSalle controlled the game with their defense, dominating the Magic 27 to 6 in points scored off of turnovers. Four out of the five DeLaSalle starters had two steals apiece.

If the Islanders win Saturday's championship game, they'll be the first team in Minnesota history to win five straight boys' basketball titles.

Red Wing 55, Fergus Falls 58

The Fergus Falls Otters advanced to the final round of the 3A tournament thanks to two clutch free throws from sophomore Nathan Rund during the final 12 seconds. Rund led the Otters with 23 points, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point line.

Red Wing's Ben Munson tried valiantly to send the game into extra minutes with a three-point buzzer beater that went in, but was eventually overturned after the officials checked the replay and determined that Munson had shot too late. His 17 points kept the Wingers close, while Travis Toivonen's 15 boards helped cement Red Wing's 12-rebound advantage.

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