High school hoops: The semifinals are set in 4A, 3A, 2A tournaments


Top-ranked Champlin Park made a statement in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4A boys basketball tournament. The unbeaten Rebels (30-0) opened the tournament with a 90-47 victory over St. Francis.

The Rebels shot 54.2 percent for the game, including an unbelievable 66 percent in the first half en route to the victory.

McKinley Wright and Jeremy Johnson led the way with 17 points each while both Marty Hill and Aaron Kloeppner were 3-of-4 from long range. Hill finished with 15, Kloeppner with 12.

The Rebels will face Shakopee in Thursday's semifinals.

Shakopee 64, Roseville 53

Junior center Steffon Mitchell scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half helping Shakopee erase a three point halftime deficit on their way to a 64-53 victory over Roseville in the State Class 4A quarterfinals.

Mitchell finished with a double-double as he also grabbed 10 boards in the game. His afternoon also included four assists.

Shakopee meets up with top-ranked Champlin Park in Thursday's semifinals.

Apple Valley 70, St. Michael-Albertville 57

Gary Trent Jr. scored 20 points to lead Apple Valley to the Class 4A semifinals by beating St. Michael-Albertville 70-57 in the quarterfinals.

Trent was one of four Eagles in double figures as Cameron Kirksey, Brock Bertram and Riley Parham all added 10 in the victory.

It's the second trip to the semifinals in the last three seasons for the Eagles (28-2), who won the 4A crown in 2013 when they were led by now Duke standout Tyus Jones.

Lakeville North 65, Hopkins 61

Marquise Walker's free throw with 8.3 seconds remaining secured Lakeville North's upset victory over Hopkins, 65-61 on Wednesday afternoon.

Walker finished the afternoon with 10 points and eight boards. Carter Brooks led the Panthers with 17 points.

The Panthers will face Apple Valley in Thursday's semifinals, they lost to the Eagles twice this season.

Class 3A: Second half run leads Mankato East passed New Prague

Mankato East rattled off a 20-4 second half run to erase a nine point deficit and advance with a 65-60 win over New Prague.

Gorg Alhag led the Cougars with 16 points, he also grabbed six rebounds and equaled a team high four assists. Mattu Chuol and CJ Ayers each added 12 in the win.

James Fuerniss led New Prague with 15 points.

The Cougars will play top-ranked DeLaSalle in Thursday's 3A semifinals.

DeLaSalle 70, Albany 60

Top-seeded DeLaSalle moved to the Class 3A semifinals with a 70-60 victory over Albany at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Marquette-bound Sacar Anim led the way for DeLaSalle with a game-high 22 points. Minnesota Gopher commit Jarvis Johnson added 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Albany's Kyle Birr helped the Huskies keep it close. He was 5-of-7 from behind the arc and scored 21 points.

DeLaSalle will face Mankato East in the semifinals on Thursday at Target Center.

St. Paul Johnson 59, Hermantown 56

Hermantown committed 30 turnovers to St. Paul Johnson's 11 as the Governors came away with a 59-56 victory in the Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hermantown turnovers resulted in 28 points for Johnson.

Jalen Mobley had a double-double to lead the way for the Governors, he finished with 16 points and 11 boards. Eric Elliott also added 16.

Thomas Madison had a game-high 20 in the loss for Hermantown.

St. Paul Johnson will face Waconia in the 3A semifinals on Thursday.

Waconia 73, Orono 68

Joey Kortuem scored 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting to lead Waconia to the Class 3A semifinals with a 73-68 win over third-seeded Orono.

Korteum was 3-of-4 from the three-point line, while his teammate Oliver Smith scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards.

Waconia overcame 14 turnovers in the game, by finishing 27-of-47 (57.4 percent) from the floor and holding Orono to just 41 percent shooting.

The Wildcats will face St. Paul Johnson in the semifinals on Thursday.

Class 2A: Melrose wins first state tournament game in 40 years

In their first state tournament game in 40 years, the Melrose Dutchmen beat Redwood Valley 81-66, Wednesday night.

Tyler Braegelmann led four Dutchmen in double figures, he finished with 17 points, while Drake Meyer had 15, Dillon Haider 14 and Cesar Cervantes finished with 13 in the Melrose victory.

Sam Pendleton had a game-high 31 in the loss for Redwood Valley.

Melrose will face St. Croix Lutheran in Friday's semifinal game.

St. Croix Lutheran 37, Esko 35

The St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders hung on to a 37-35 victory over Esko during the quarterfinals of the Class 2A boys basketball tournament.

Alex Walther's free throw with 1:02 to play gave St. Croix Lutheran the two point lead, but they had to survive a flurry of Eskomo misses in the final minute to hold on for the win.

Trenton Krueger led the Crusaders with 18.

St. Croix Lutheran meets Melrose in the semifinals on Friday.

Caledonia 72, Annandale 66

Caledonia used the momentum created by a 15-3 second half to turn the tables on Annandale and hold on to a 72-66 victory.

Four of Caledonia's five starters finished in double figures. Justin Burg led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Colton Lampert chipped in 13.

Chase Knickerbocker scored a game-high 24 in the loss for Annandale.

Caledonia will meet up with Maple River in the semifinals on Friday at Target Center.

Maple River 78, Breckenridge 72

Maple River rallied in the second half to beat Breckenridge 78-72 on Wednesday night in the Class 2A semifinals.

Jeff Lewis scored a game-high 25 points for the Eagles, who rallied back from a seven-point halftime deficit to pull out the victory. Maple River outscored Breckenridge 48-35 in that second half.

Jonah Breiter added 17 and Grant Sonnek chippedi n 16, in the victory.

The Eagles will play Caledonia in Friday's semifinal.

Click here for the full Class 2A bracket. The Class A tournament starts on Thursday.

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