Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Big Game March 12--Edina 55 Hopkins 53

This one is an upset either way. Edina is #1, Hopkins #3, Edina won the Lake Conference at 7-1 to Hopkins' 4-4, so a Hopkins win is an upset. But, hey, they're Hopkins, and they were 22-6 overall to Edina's 21-7, so a Hopkins loss is an upset, too.

Edina led 32-31 at the half and extended it to 39-31 early in the 2nd, but Hopkins roared back behind Stephon Sharp to tie it up at 43 at the 9 minute mark. Then at 45-45 inside of 7 minutes Edina coach Pat Dorsey picked up a T, enabling Hopkins to take its 1st lead of the night. But 5 quick points by Graham Woodward put Edina back up 50-47 with under 4 minutes to play, and a Reggie Lynch 2 + 1 made it 53-49 under 3 minutes. But a Philip Stribling put-back inside of 1 minute tied it at 53.

2 Woodward FT made it 55-53 at 18 seconds. A Hopkins turnover at the final buzzer iced it for the Hornets, who make their 1st trip to state in 22 years.

2 #1s Go Down

St. Cloud Cathedral, for (#)1--get it, they're a #1, and for 1 the Crusaders--won't be playing in next week's Minnesota boys high school basketball tournament. #N2 Annandale bumped off  #N1Cathedral in the section 5AA semi-final 84-74 Tuesday night at Cokato? I guess, at Cokato, of all places.

And Hawley (#S1) also will not be playing in the state tournament after losing to #S2 Perham 67-55 at Concordia (Moorhead).

Player of the Day: Hunter Salathe, Perham, 27 points; and Brett Ahsenmacher, Annandale, 29 points

Coach of the Day: Dave Cresap, Perham

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