2014 Timberwolves Shootout Results

by Mark Remme
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2014 Timberwolves Shootout Results

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Apple Valley 72, Blue Valley Northwest (KS) 59

Basketball analysts often say that the sport breaks down to a game of runs. Apple Valley reinforced that phrase today.

In the last game of the 2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout, Apple Valley created a 19-0 second half scoring streak on Blue Valley Northwest (KS) to come away with a strong 72-59 win.

After the first couple baskets in the run, Duke-signee Tyus Jones saw a fast break opportunity and made the most of it with an incredible dunk that had the Target Center crowd roaring. After that, Blue Valley didn't have much of a chance, suffering a scoring drought that totaled eight minutes of game time.

"It was just adrenaline, really," Jones said on his dunk. "We had been going on a run, and I knew if Robert (Tobroxen) saw me and pitched it back, I was going to try it because the defender didn't see me coming. I figured, why not?"

That dunk was the highlight of a second half where Apple Valley shot 58 percent from the floor and forced 10 turnovers. Looking at the big picture, to defeat the defending Kansas 6A state tournament champions gives Apple Valley tons of momentum moving forward.

"It gave us a lot of confidence," Jones said. "They were a great team, and they showed that here today. In that run, we really just focused on defense. They're incredible shooters, so they'll make you pay. We decided to gamble less and stay solid on D. We have a smart team."

Jones finished with 26 points to lead Apple Valley, and youngsters Gary Trent Jr. and Brock Bertram added in 17 and 10 points, respectively. Clay Custer, a crafty point guard headed to Iowa State next year, paced Blue Valley with 18 points.

DeLaSalle 59, St. Rita 53

While the previous game was like a track meet, the third matchup of the 2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout—DeLaSalle versus St. Rita (IL)—was like a long-distance race.

St. Rita scored just 15 points to DeLaSalle's 25 in the first half, tossing away 17 turnovers to the savvy Islanders. But after the halftime break, Rita pushed and pushed until an and-one play by Vic Law gave them their first lead of the afternoon at 41-38.

After the slow start, the game ended in a sprint.

Highlighted by St Rita's Law diving over fans sitting courtside for a loose ball and both coaches barking orders from their respective benches, the final five minutes were electric.

Free throw makes from Geno Crandall and Jarvis Johnson along with some key misses from St. Rita gave DeLaSalle the final advantage. Sacar Anim—who shot an efficient 9-for-12 and finished nearly everything—led the Islanders with 29 points. Crandall supplemented Anim's efforts with 13 more points to pace DeLaSalle (4-3).

Dominique Matthews scored 17 points to lead St. Rita, who drops to 5-4 on the year.

Bettendorf 71, Cretin-Derham Hall 66

Despite a monumental effort from Cretin junior Sam Neumann, Bettendorf's team approach and effort on the glass led the Iowa squad to a 71-66 win at Target Center.

Neumann—who is attracting recruiting attention from Division I schools like South Dakota State, Lehigh and Bucknell—scored 39 points and cashed nine 3-pointers for the Raiders.

"It was a little frustrating at the end," Neumann said. "That last shot felt good. I shot the ball well today, and I was happy with how we played."

The game was neck-and-neck throughout, with Bettendorf cutting through Cretin's press defense. Bettendorf takes a team approach, sporting three players in double-figure scoring: Kendall Jacks (14 points), Nicholas Baer (16) and Dylan Sortillo (19).

Cretin was diving for each loose ball, pushing the rock up to Neumann who fired away from outside. For all the threes he made for his team, however, it was Neumann's last shot that he needed the most. Down 69-66 with just seconds left, he shot a deep ball that bounced off the back of the rim and sealed the win for Bettendorf.

"We had a double screen set up for me to come through, but they switched it up on us and went zone," Neumann said. “They pushed me back farther, but it wasn't out of my range."

Each loss is hard, but Neumann said that the Raiders can take pride in how they played against an excellent squad.

"It was a tough loss," Neumann said. "But we learned we can play with anyone. I just learned that this team is ranked 61st in the nation."

Lakeville North 59, Grand Rapids 31

With Grand rapids struggling from the field all morning, Lakeville North built a double-digit lead early and cruised to a 59-36 victory to open the 2014 Timberwolves Shootout.

Fueled by 24 points from star shooter J.P Macura, Lakeville North breathed a sigh of relief when Grand Rapids' 6-foot-9 center Alex Illikainen fouled out with six minutes to go in the contest. it was the final straw for a team that shot just 26 percent throughout the game.

"I don't know that I've ever played anybody like that," Illikainen said of Macura. "We tried our best to limit him, and I think it's a good experience coming down here and playing at Target Center. It's just too bad we couldn't get a win."

Lakeville shot a frigid 2-fot-15 from three in the first half but won through their patented formula: pushing the tempo and letting Macura play his game. The Xavier-committed senior shot 10-for-16 from the floor and added another four from the charity stripe.

The game was observed by Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino, among several other college coaches; the Gophers are one of many Division I programs to extend a scholarship offer to Illikainen. Lakeville moves to a 9-1 record on the season while Grand Rapids drops to 8-3.

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