Thursday, December 29, 2011

Game of the Day Wednesday December 28, 2011: Best Buy or Dick's Holiday Tournaments

What Happened

 I spent my day at the Dick's holiday tournament at Hopkins, featuring the girls game. Eden Prairie, Osseo, St. Paul Central and Hopkins advanced to tomorrow's semi-finals, all but one (Osseo, which needed overtime to defeat Hutchinson) doing so with relative ease. I wrote a full report of these games and they'll be posted on (not here on MinnesotaHoops).

Results for Dicks' as well as Best Buy are summarized below. But the game of the day, as it turns out, well, on a day with around 200 high school games, the games (plural) of the day would have to be:

Boys: Ellsworth 71 Perham 57 in the championship of the Worthington tournament. Ellsworth is, of course, a 2-time Class A state champ (2007-2008) and home of the Schillings--Curt, Cody and, now in his senior year, Casey. Ellsworth came into the game rated #3A. Perham is the defending Class AA champ and rated #1AA going into last night's game. 

Girls: Irondale 55 Braham 50. Braham is also the defending state champ in AA, and came into the game rated #2AA. Senior forward Jana Norgren came up big for Irondale, scoring 22, while super-duperstar Rebekah Dahlman scored 24 for the Bombers.

Player of the Day: Shayne Mullaney and Jackie Johnson, Eden Prairie girls, combined for 54 points, while Johnson added 21 boards and Mullaney 11 assists in a 77-66 win over Milwaukee Rufus King in the Dick's Sporting Goods tournament at Hopkins.

Coach of the Day: JD Roberts, Ellsworth boys. Last year was a disappointment for Ellsworth (24-5, and a loss to Hills-Beaver Creek in the sectional quarter-finals). There was even talk of dissension. There is no such talk this year as the Panthers have started 8-1 and now with a big win over the defending state champs and #1AA-rated Perham Yellowjackets.

Best Bets

The holiday tournament season goes full tilt. Among the boys the Best Buy classic at Augsburg is your best bet. First round games:

4 p.m. St. Paul Johnson vs. Durango (NV). Johnson won easily 94-75 as Marcus Marshall scored 20.
5:30 Chanhassan vs. Mpls. Henry. Chanhassan came from behind to win 63-58.
7 Duluth East vs. Hopkins. The Royals cruised 102-73.
8:30 Henry Sibley vs. Minnetonka. Tom Dasovich's former vs. his current team. This had to be a big thrill for the kids from Sibley to upset their old coach 65-63.

I will be at Augsburg for the final day of action in the Best Buy on Friday. Reports will be published here at MinnesotaHoops.

Among the girls, the Dick's Sporting Good tournament at Hopkins is almost always the best show. First round action:

2 p.m. Eden Prairie vs. Milwaukee Rufus King. EP out-scored King 43-15 in the middle section of the game, then held on to win 77-66.
4 Hutchinson vs. Osseo/. Hutch pushed Osseo into OT before succumbing 62-52.
6 Maple Grove vs. St. Paul Central. Central prevailed 63-60.
8 Hopkins vs. Prior Lake. The Royals cruised 67-29.

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