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High school hoops: Unbeaten Champlin Park moves to 4A title game


Unbeaten Champlin Park will play for a perfect season and a Class 4A state championship on Satruday. The Rebels (31-0) beat Shakopee 65-57 in the 4A semifinals at Target Center on Thursday night.

Four Rebels were in double figures. JT Gibson scored 18 points to lead the way, while Marty Hill finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Shakopee led 57-56 with less than two minutes to play, but that changed when Hill hit a big three-pointer to put the Rebels up by two. That was part of a 9-0 run by the Rebels to close the game.

Steffon Mitchell was a force inside for Shakopee, he scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the loss.

Champlin Park meets up with Apple Valley in the 4A championship.

Apple Valley 67, Lakeville North 58

Apple Valley is headed back to the Class 4A boys basketball state championship after they beat Lakeville North 67-58, Thursday night at Target Center.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points for the Eagles as he knocked down 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Additionally, Tre Jones added 17 on 6-of-11 shooting.

The Panthers struggled to hit shots in the game, they shot just 35 percent for the game. Carter Brooks led Lakeville with 13.

Apple Valley faces Champlin Park in the 4A championship.

Class 3A: DeLaSalle reaches 4th straight 3A title game

DeLaSalle will play for its fourth straight Class 3A boys basketball state championship on Saturday evening.

The Islanders blew out Mankato East 74-40 to advance to the 3A championship as DeLaSalle's pressure defense took the Cougars out of their rhythm offensively.

Mankato East shot just 25 percent for the game and committed 15 turnovers in the defeat.

Sacar Anim led the way with 27 points for the Islanders, while Josh Collins added 15 points and nine boards.

The Islanders (26-4) will face St. Paul Johnson in the 3A championship game on Saturday, if DeLaSalle wins they would join Henry Sibley as the only team to win four consecutive 3A state championships.

St. Paul Johnson 69, Waconia 62

St. Paul Johnson will return to the Class 3A state championship game on Saturday for the first time since 2010. The Governors beat Waconia 69-62 in the 3A semifinals on Thursday.

Guard Jalen Mobley scored 25 points as he made 13-of-19 attempts from the free throw line to lead Johnson back to the championship game. Malik Jones added 13 in the Governors' victory.

Josh Rands scored 16 to lead Waconia in the loss.

Class A: Rushford-Peterson runs away with quarterfinal victory

Charlie Krambeer scored 33 points and dished out six assists to lead Rushford-Peterson to a 105-58 rout of Fond Du Lac Ojibwe High School.

Krambeer was 12-of-17 from the floor and knocked down seven three-pointers in the Trojans' victory.

Rushford-Peterson shot an impressive 64 percent from the floor, including going 23-of-34 as a team in the first half.

Kyler Paulson added 14 and Jacob Merchlewitz chipped in 13 in the Rushford-Peterson win.

The top seed Trojans (30-1) will meet Central Minnesota Christian in Friday's semifinals at Target Center.

Central Minnesota Christian 56, Nevis 47

Central Minnesota Christian never trailed as they took an early lead on their way to a 56-47 victory over Nevis in the Class A quarterfinals.

Nevis kept it close through the first half, and cut it to a one point game at 25-24 early in the second half. But a 20-4 run from the Blue Jays put the game away in the second half.

Taylor Slagter led Central Minnesota Christian with 17 points, he also grabbed eight rebounds.

The Tigers were led by Griffin Chase's game-high 19 points.

Maranatha Christian Academy 59, Red Lake 55

Maranatha Christian Academy held Red Lake to 19 second half points and rallied from 12-points down in the second half to win 59-55 in the Class A quarterfinals on Thursday.

Jake Meyer made 10-of-13 attempts from the free throw line and finished with 21 points to lead the Mustangs. Jeremiah Hanson added 18, including the go-ahead layup in the final moments for Maranatha Christian.

The Mustangs went on a 5-0 run over the final 29 seconds to pull out the victory.

Russell Kingbird led the Warriors with 18.

Maranatha Christian (28-2) will play Battle Lake in the semifinals on Friday.

Battle Lake 83, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 66

Senior Nick Trosdahl led six players in double figures for Battle Lake, who beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 83-66 in the quarterfinals of the Class A boys basketball tournament.

Trosdahl finished with 19 points, while junior Andrew VanErp added 18.

The Battlers built a 12 point halftime lead, then scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half to extend the lead to 18. They cruised to the victory from there.

Battle Lake will face Maranatha Christian on Friday at Target Center in the semifinals.

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