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Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Bloomington Jefferson
St. Cloud Tech

Boys' Hoops: 4A Semifinals

By Kyle Stevens
Target Center - Minneapolis, Minn.

Trent Lockett throws one down in the second half as Hopkins pulled away from St. Cloud Tech. Photo by Kyle Stevens.

Hopkins 55, St. Cloud Tech 36 - Final
The Minnesota Army National Guard selects our Two Stars of the Game:
Royce White (Hopkins): 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals
Nate Wolters (Tech): 17 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 rebounds
If you are a basketball purist—as in peach-baskets-and-balls-with-laces pure—you would have loved the first half of this game. The Tech Tigers slowed the play so much that neither team broke the 20-point mark. The second half? Well, that was a bit more up-tempo thanks to the Royals and their kingly court. Much has been made of this Hopkins team being one of the best to play the game in the history of Minnesota high school basketball. The first 18-minutes made some wonder if that was true. But, in the end, the Royals proved once again why they are the talk of the game.
Tech's Nate Wolters tried to keep the Tigers in the game, but the clamps were tightened in the second half. Wolters still managed to have a solid game, but Tech had almost no other offensive weapons. The Royals, meanwhile, had no issue giving the ball to anyone in a white jersey. Royce White played a good game. As did Marcus Williams, Trent Lockett, Mike Broghammer and, well, you get the idea. The Royals will play in the 4A title game Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
The Quote
"It's no fun to play (that way). But W's (wins) are fun. That's all that matters." - Royce White on Tech's molasses-slow tempo to start the game.

Osseo 59, Jefferson 51 - Final
The Minnesota Army National Guard selects our Two Stars of the Game:
Sam Dower (Osseo): 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
Moses Alipate (Jefferson): 17 points, 5 rebounds
A battle of the big men came down to which team of supporters had the better go of it. Alipate and and Dower were dynamite inside. Neither would let the one get the better of the other for more than a possession or two.
When the stretch run came around, it was Osseo who clung to a four point lead. Jefferson cut it to two several times, but could not get the late game stop to pull this one out.
Dower, who played XX of a possible 36 minutes, was clutch at the end hitting two free throws with X:XX left, not a "gimme" for the big guys down low. Nick Djerf hit two from the line with less than 30 seconds remaining that sealed the deal for the Orioles. Osseo now gets Hopkins in the 4A finals Saturday night.
The Quote
"It seems that every game this year, in the final five (minutes) we've had someone else step up. Rowland had some key shots for us today." - Osseo head coach Tim Theisen.

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