2012 Shootout Results

Kelsey Kroll
Wolves Editorial/Social Media Associate


2012 Timberwolves Shootout Results — Game Previews

Postgame Interview:
BSM coach John Moore

Game #1 Benilde-St. Margaret’s 68, St. Thomas More 50

The St. Thomas More Cavaliers and the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights kicked off the 16th Annual Timberwolves Shootout on Saturday morning at the Target Center. BSM, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, took control throughout the first half, securing an early lead that was never threatened as they clinched a 68-50 victory in Game 1.

Senior guard Sanjay Lumpkin helped secure the win, shooting 11-for-13 in the field and was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 29 points. He was followed by senior guards Isaiah Zierden and Isaiah Gray with 13 and 11 points respectively.

St. Thomas More struggled to get on pace, shooting just 8-of-25 from the field in the first while Benilde-St. Margaret’s finished 18-for-32 in the field and was 3-of-8 in 3-pointers, securing a 39-23 halftime lead.

Following the break, the Cavs came out with a more balanced attack, connecting for 10-of-22 from the field. However, their second half efforts fell short as the Red Knights held onto their early lead and sealed the win.

Senior guard Skye Warwick led the Cavs in scoring, shooting 7-for-16 in the field and added six three’s for 20 points on the game.

Postgame Interview:
Duluth East coach Chuck Tolo

Game #2 Duluth East 86, Rice Lake (WI) 71

In Game 2 between the Duluth East Greyhounds and the Rice Lake Warriors (WI), Duluth came out strong and showcased its high scoring capabilities right from the start. The Greyhounds’ speed and scoring proficiency proved to be too much for the Warriors as they sealed a convincing 86-71 win.

The dominating offensive efforts displayed by Duluth helped secure a convincing 44-27 lead by the end of the first. Rice Lake, currently No. 2 in Wisconsin’s Division 2 rankings, struggled to make its shots early on as the Greyhounds defensive efforts were just as impressive, forcing 12 turnovers and tallying four blocks and six steals.

Following the break, Duluth continued to put points on the board but saw its 44-27 halftime lead diminish as Rice Lake returned to the court with a new burst of energy. Wally Ellenson helped ignite that energy with a crowd-pleasing dunk early in the second, his second of the game.

Despite the Warriors stronger performance in the second, the Greyhounds continued to execute their high-scoring capabilities once again as their lead soon became nearly untouchable, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the duration of play.

Duluth senior forward Johnny Woodard was unstoppable, shooting 11-for-19 from the field and connected for one 3-pointer to lead all scorers with 31 points. Right behind Woodard in scoring was junior center Taylor Stafford with 20 points, including three from beyond the arc. Senior guard Sean Faerber and junior guard Shaq Coleman followed with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Senior forward Alex Cuskey and freshman Henry Ellenson tried to keep the Warriors within reach of the Greyhounds lead, scoring 17 and 11 points each. University of Minnesota signee Wally Ellenson followed with nine points while Ellwood Ellenson added eight.

Postgame Interview:
Minnetonka coach Tom Dasovich

Game #3 Minnetonka 86, Pelican Rapids 66

Game 3 consisted of an interstate matchup between the Pelican Rapids Vikings and the Minnetonka Skippers. And for Minnetonka, who is said to be the state’s most improved team this season, its 86-66 win helped validate that statement.

Jumping out to an early lead, it seemed that Minnetonka was nearly flawless in field goal shooting as it shot 22-for-28 while the Vikings connected for 14-of-26. By the end of the first, the state’s most improved team headed to the locker room with a comfortable 53-34 advantage.

Midway through the second half, the Vikings’ struggled to not only put points on the board but to also hide their defeated expressions as Minnetonka’s then 71-44 lead seemed out of reach. And for a team that is ranked second in the state and finished 23-5 last season, it was obvious why such a trail was rather frustrating.

While the Vikings did their best to keep their heads up and battle to the end, their efforts fell short as Minnetonka sealed the win 86-66.

Senior forward Latrell Love was 10-for-10 in the first and contributed 21 of the Skippers’ 53 first half points. Also scoring in the double digits in the first half was senior guard Tommy McDermott with 14. Junior guard Riley Dearring added eight before the break.

Pelican Rapids was led by senior guard Casey Bruggeman, who shot 5-of-13 from the field and finished with 17 points. He was followed by senior forward Luke Halbakken with 16 points and sophomore guard Ryan Bruggeman with 14.

Postgame Interview:
Cedar Falls coach Tom Bardal

Game #4 Cedar Falls (IA) 67, Prior Lake 54

Cedar Falls senior guard James Harrington wasted no time showcasing his abilities on the court as he led the Cedar Falls Tigers (Iowa), last year’s Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division champions, to a 67-54 win over the Prior Lake Lakers in game four of the 16th Annual Timberwolves Shootout.

Connecting 12-of-23 from the field, Harrington finished Saturday’s matchup with 25 points and as Game 4’s leading scorer.

Harrington, who is a three-sport athlete and also excels at football and track, has signed with Alabama to continue his skills on the track. Averaging 22.8 points per game, Harrington tallied 20 points by the end of the first half and was just one of the many dominating forces for the Tigers during Saturday’s contest. Sophomore guard Kalehl Brown added 11 points in the first and was followed by senior guard Caleb Konieczny with 7.

Following the halftime break, Prior Lake got on the board first, but the Tigers did not take long to continue their scoring. And for the young Lakers, it seemed they could not catch a break through the second half as Cedar Falls continued to increase its lead. With several missed shots, little sympathy from the officiating crew and an unstoppable Cedar Falls’ offense, a comeback became unlikely.

Postgame Interview:
Hopkins coach Ken Novak Jr.

Game #5 Hopkins 97, Sioux City East 74

Game 5 showcased another Iowa-Minnesota border battle as Iowa’s Sioux City East Black Raiders faced Minnesota’s defending Class 4A champion Hopkins Royals.

With the Royals securing an early first half lead (52-33); the Raiders could only hope a comeback was within reach. And while the Raiders’ Adam Woodbury led all scorers with 23 points, the balanced scoring efforts by Hopkins led them to a 97-74 win.

Hopkins had five players score in the double digits with senior guard Zach Stahl leading the way with 21 points. Siyani Chambers contributed 18 points and was followed by Demetrius Martin and Jake Wright with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Nicholas Jorgensen finished with 10 points.

J.C. Fuller contributed an impressive 22 points for Sioux City East and was followed by Alex Imming with 11.

Postgame Interview:
Apple Valley coach Tom Goring

Game #6 Apple Valley 66, Onalaska (Wis.) 64

Entering Saturday’s final game, the Onalaska Hilltoppers (WI) did not let the Apple Valley Eagles’ sophomore star-in-the-making Tyus Jones affect their game. Jones, who ranked fifth in the Class of 2014 by ESPN and helped lead the USA 16-and-under team to the gold medal this past summer in Mexico, showed a unique talent that is not often seen at the high school level. However, the WIAA Division 2 top ranked Hilltoppers made the Eagles battle until the final minute before they claimed their 66-64 win.

From tipoff to the final buzzer, Game 6 was the tournament’s closest matchup. And while the halftime score was also the tournament’s lowest, the matchup was without a doubt, impressive.

Onalaska got on the board first and held onto the lead for the majority of the first half. However, Apple Valley quickly closed in, taking a 29-27 halftime lead.

Following the halftime break, Apple Valley maintained its lead. However, both teams struggled to put points on the board early in the second half.

It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the game that the win was up for grabs. With both teams battling until the very end, senior forward Mitch Hechsel sunk the game-winning basket with 1.9 seconds left on the clock.

Jones led the Eagles with 18 points and was followed by Hechsel with 15, Harry Sonie with 14 and Dustin Fronk with 11.

Onalaska’s Matt Thomas led in all scorers, shooting 11-for-20 in the field, 2-for-6 in threes and finished 9-of-11 from the free throw line to tally an impressive 33 points. Also scoring in the double digits was Clint Rihn and Nick Arenz with 14 and 11 points each.

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