MSHSL Class 3A & 4A Semifinals Featured Thursday on KDHL
For over 70 years KDHL has been radio home to exciting State Tournament boys basketball. After a two year pandemic forced break the Mighty 920 resumes baseline to baseline coverage Thursday.
Class 3A and Class 4A Semifinals games will take place at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Roy Koenig and Gordy Kosfeld will be on the call from The Barn.
Listen to the State Basketball Tournament Games with the KDHL Mobile App!
Class 3A games are being held in the afternoon and Class 4A games at night.
Noon Top seed #1 rated, #1 QRF Totino-Grace (23-3) will play Big Nine Conference representative Mankato East (22-8). The Cougars were #9 in QRF and ranked 8th in the final Minnesota Basketball News ratings.
The Eagles of Totino Grace have talent all over the floor.
Junior 6'4 Tyson Chatnam scored 19 points, 7 rebounds while playing just under 13 minutes in the Eagles Quarterfinals 83-50 win over Hermantown Tuesday at Williams Arena.
Junior 6'9 Patrick Bath had 16 points, 9 rebounds while playing just under 25 minutes.
Senior 6'8 Demarion Watson added 12 points, 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Watson has committed to Iowa State.
Junior Jayden Livingston finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and senior 6'9 Ahjany Lee (brother of Ayoka of Kansas) played about half the game scoring 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists. Lee has signed with St. Thomas University.
Hermantown was paced by 3 players with 10 points each. Junior 6'1 Blake Schmitz, sophomore 6'4 Abe Soumis and senior 6'3 Michael Lau.
Mankato East senior 6'8 Bajedo Omot had 25 points in the Cougars 68-55 victory over Mound-Westonka. Omot has had offers from St. Thomas, Cal Poly, Westen Illinois, Western Michigan, Bryant, and Providence according to the Minnesota Basketball Hub.
Junior 6'1 Jalen Hayes had 12 points 14 rebounds, senior 6'7 Puolrah Gong added 10 points.
2:00 p.m. semifinals game has the #2 seed Princeton Tigers (27-1) going up against #3 seed DeLaSalle (21-7).
The Islanders were ranked #4 in final Minnesota Basketball News poll and have a 5 QRF while Princeton was rated #5 with a 4 QRF.
The Tigers loss was to Class 4A Orono 76-74 on January 15, 2022. They beat Austin 73-63 in Tuesday Quarterfinal round action. Two Princeton players achieved double- doubles.
Senior 6'5 Haydyn Stay with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and Cooper Drews had 22 points 12 rebounds. Benjamin Hallberg scored 13 points, 9 rebounds.
Princeton had 9 threes in their win. Going 9 for 15 from downtown against Austin. The Packers typically defend the three very well.
The Islanders 69-57 win over St. Cloud Tech featured 17 assists on 23 field goals. Junior 6'1 Nasir Whitlock had 14 points, 6 assists. Senior 6'2 Brandon Hoban added 9 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists. Senior 6'1 Amir Everett had 11 points for DeLaSalle.
The Islanders biggest lead was 19 with 12:43 to go in the game. DeLaSalle had 19 points off fast breaks. Princeton averages 84 points per game, the Islanders 79 points. The Islanders allow 59.5 while Princeton gives up 67.5 points per game.
6:00 p.m. Class 4A Semifinals top seed, #1 MBBN ranked the Park Center Pirates (29-1) will tangle with the Eastview Lightning (23-6) out of the South Suburban Conference.
The Lightning and Pirates see great competition night in and night out in their tough conferences. Eastview defeated Eden Prairie 67-51 at Target Center Tuesday.
The glass was owned by the Lightning 34 to 21 and they tallied five blocks in the game which featured 14 lead changes and 4 ties.
Senior 6'10 Jamal Ambrose paced Eastview with 20 points, 9 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Senior 6'6 Kayser Hassan had 17 points, 7 boards in 31 minutes. Junior 6'1 Dylan Omweno ended the game with 14 points.
Park Center (29-1) crashed the boards to the tune of 39 rebounds and held Andover to 19 boards. The Pirates were led offensively by Leo Torbor with 20 points, 6 rebounds. Braeden Carrington added 16 points, 8 assists.
The Raiders survived Owatonna 52-51 and know had the Huskies hit just a couple more free throws they would be playing in this Semifinals contest at The Barn.
Senior 6'3 Tre Hollomon is going to Michigan State next season. Against Owatonna Hollomon had 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds while playing every second of the game.
Talented teammate, senior 6'5 Donavhan Cain added 15 points and senior 6'10 Brandon Melchior had 10 points, 7 rebounds.
Wayzata mashed the Spuds 71-28 after leading at the half 37-11. Both teams played all their players in the game. The Trojans had 10 players score in the game at Target Center Tuesday.
Myles Barnette and Spencer Hall led the scoring for Wayzata with 13 points and 11 points respectively. Barnette had 13 points, Hall 10 points.
Carter Bjerke finished with 9 points, 11 rebounds as Wayzata owned the glass with a 41 to 30 rebound advantage.
Points in the Maui Wowi of Faribault paint were 44-18 in favor of Wayzata.
Please check this out.