Two teams are playing for repeats and the other two classes are assured of crowning new champions at the MSHSL State Boys Basketball Tournament.  Just one Section 1 team is playing for a State Championship.

Friday Classes 1A and 2A semifinals were held at the Target Center.  The Caledonia Warriors pulled away from the Brooklyn Center Centaurs 73-67.  Mr. Basketball finalist Owen King played nearly the entire second half with four fouls for Caledonia and finished with 11points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  He was chosen as one of our Tatge Jewelry of Kenyon players of th game with his lo

Little  brother Noah King (18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Marten Morem (25 points, 6 rebounds) were our other Tatge Jewelry of Kenyon players of the game.

The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field and Brooklyn Center 43 percent.  The game was tied six times and there were 10 lead changes.

A couple of keys for Caledonia’s win were rebounds, where the Warriors had a 39-33 advantage and free throws.  Caledonia was 13 of 18 and Brooklyn Center 15 of 28.  The Centaurs were led by 6’2 sophomore Lu’cye Patterson with 29 points and 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. 6’2 junior Qentrell Douglas had 14 points and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes.

#1 seed Minnehaha Academy cruised by St.Cloud Cathedral 77-51to set the stage for Saturday’s title game.  Sophomore Jalen Suggs had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the way.  The RedHawks shot 53 percent from the field and the Crusaders 35 percent with St Cloud Cathedral shooting 7 of 24 from long range and Minnehaha Academy was 9 of 20 from beyond the arc.

Michael Plombon tallied 20 points and Michael Schaefer added16 for St. Cloud Cathedral.

Minnehaha is hoping to repeat as Class 2A State Champs.

In Class 1A semifinal action, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton outmuscled Mayer Lutheran 49-38 and the North Woods Cook Grizzlies bested Cass Lake-Bena 67-47.  North Woods was led by 6’2 junior Cade Goggleye’s 23 points.

The Class 1A Title game on KDHL begins 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by the Class 2A title tilt at 1:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m. KDHL will have the Class 3A Championship with Columbia Heights and Delano battling.

The final boys high school basketball game of the season will be the Class 4A Championship where Apple Valley will try to repeat when they play top ranked and top seed Crtein-Derham Hall.

That game is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m.

The Lakeville North vs Eden Prairie third place game will be on POWER 96 Radio, 95.9 FM and www.power96radio.com.

Cretin-Durham Hall Warming Up . Photo by Gordy Kosfeld