State Hoops: Recaps of every game; Semifinals set in 4A, 3A, 2A


Day 1 of the State Boys' Basketball Tournament is complete. Quarterfinal games in Class 4A, 3A and 2A have wrapped up for the day.

For a preview of all the action in 1A and 2A click here.

For a preview of all the games in 3A and 4A click here.

4A quarterfinal recaps

Osseo 85, Eden Prairie 73

The top-ranked Osseo Orioles improved to 30-0 on the season with the opening-round win. They move on to play the winner of Maple Grove/Lakeville North. John Bezdicek led the Orioles with 21 points while forward Kameron Bettie supplied 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Brady Rudrud led Eden Prairie with 30 points.

Lakeville North 60, Maple Grove 49

Fifth-seed Lakeville North had a big game on teh defensive end as they were able to slow down the 1-2 punch of Maple Grove's Reed Nikko and Brad Davison. Nikko fouled out with 6 minutes left in the game and a double-digit halftime deficit was too much for the Crimson to overcome.

Hopkins 74, North St. Paul 42

Predictably, the one-loss Hopkins Royals ran past North St. Paul and straight into the semifinals where they await Apple Valley. Xavier Johnson led Hopkins with 20 points while Gophers recruit Amir Coffey took only 7 shots on his way to 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Apple Valley 77, Blaine 57

Another no-surprises affair wrapped up the 4A schools today as the near-undefeated Apple Valley cruised to victory over Blaine. The Bengals kept up well in the battle on the glass, matching Apple Valley in offensive rebounds, but couldn't string together shots, ending with a 34.5 field goal percentage. Apple Valley will play Hopkins tomorrow at 8pm for the semifinals.

3A quarterfinal recaps

DeLaSalle 65, Fridley 52

The Tigers held tough but the No. 1-ranked Islanders proved to be a little to much as they moved within two wins of a fifth state title. No team has won five straight boys' basketball championships in Minnesota history.

The Islanders were led by Mr. Basketball finalist Goanar Mar with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fridley's Teathloach Pal filled the stat sheet with 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks and 4 assists.

Monticello 60, Chisago Lakes 55

The Magic advance to the semifinals as the fifth-seed and they now have a date with DeLaSalle. Chisago Lakes led 9-2 early before Monticello closed the first half on a 20-4 run and they never looked back, despite Chisago Lakes applying late pressure.

Red Wing 73, Simley 51

The Wingers held the state's leading scorer, Jack Stensgard, to 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Red Wing was led by a balanced scoring attack with Ben Munson (17 points), Carson Bryan (16 points) and Travis Toivonen (13 points) combined to shoot 16-of-26 from the floor.

Fergus Falls 70, Waseca 63

Fergus Falls got off to a hot start, canning their first 8 shots and going 4 for 4 from behind the arc, jumping out to a 21-5 lead in the early minutes. The Otters continued to shoot efficiently for the rest of the gam, but the Waseca Blue Jays battled back in the second half, going on a 16-2 run. Junior Matthew Monke and sophomore Nathan Rund were the scoring leaders for Fergus Falls, both with 22 points. The Otters will face Red Wing tomorrow in the semis at 2pm.

Class 2A quarterfinal recaps

St. Croix Lutheran 86, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 51

Aage Rovney scored 29 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the three-point line to lead St. Croix Lutheran to an 86-51 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Ade Murkey added 21 and Trenton Krueger chipped in 19 for the Crusaders.

St. Croix Lutheran shot 62 percent in the first half to build a commanding 54-30 halftime lead. They didn't slow down in the second half to pick up the win.

Jackson County Central 79, Caledonia 74

Jackson County Central's first trip to the state tournament was a victorious one. They upset #2 Caledonia 79-74 in the Class 2A quarterfinals Wednesday night.

The Huskies starting five scored all 79 points. Junior Jacob Christopher scored a game-high 27 points, while senior Bodey Behrends had a double-double with 20 points, 17 rebounds.

Owen King led Caledonia with 25 points and six rebounds.

Braham 67, Maple River 58

Braham moved to the Class 2A semifinals with a 67-58 victory over Maple River Wednesday night.

Chris Olson led the way with 23 points, while John Larson chipped in with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double.

The Bombers, who have won three state championships, are back in the semifinals and will meet up with #1 seed St. Croix Lutheran Friday night.

Annandale 52, Esko 40

Annandale held #3 seeded Esko to 34.9 percent shooting and beat the Eskimos 52-40 Wednesday night in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Junior Jarrod Wilken led the Cardinals with 19 points as he was 8-of-15 from the floor. Brad Weege added 12 as he was 5-of-7 shooting.

The two teams were a combined 4-of-33 from the three-point line.

Annandale advances to the semifinals where they will meet up with Jackson County Central Friday night.

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