Sunday, November 7, 2010


Apple Valley and Orono squared off in the first game of the Minnetonka boys’ basketball fall league.

Apple Valley looked to get the ball into the hands of Tyus Jones. Tyus was able to find the basket early in the game. He made strong moves to the basket and scored baskets in transition.

The score was close throughout the first half as neither team went on a run.

Apple Valley used a zone defense in the first half as they wanted to spread Orono out. Orono was able to do a good job of beating Apple Valley to the spots on the floor. They were able to shoot the gaps in the defense and were able to drive to the lane. Apple Valley had trouble getting into their offense.

Orono went on a run midway through the first half. There was nothing that Apple Valley could do.

At halftime the score was Apple Valley 34 and Orono 27.

As the second half got underway both teams continued to fight hard to go after loose balls. Tyus Jones was able to find his shot. Harry Sonie made some nice passes to Tyus Jones in transition.

Apple Valley opened the second half in a zone defense. They were able to slow Orono down when they were on defense.

The scoring remained close throughout the second half. Neither team went on a run in the beginning of the second half.

Orono did a good job of pushing the ball in transition. They were able to pick up some quick points in transition. Apple Valley was not able to hit a shot midway through the second half. They went cold. Orono took advantage of that as they were able to make baskets and cut the deficit to one, 45-44 with 13:30 left to go in regulation.

Tyus Jones had a nice one handed slam dunk midway through the second half. That dunk excited the crowd.

The game came down to the wire. Orono made a run late in the contest. Neither team backed down from each other. They kept on going strong after each other.

Apple Valley was able to hold off Orono in the end.

I thought that Tyus Jones played well. He knew where his teammates were on the court as he fed them for open shots. I also thought that Harry Sonie played well on both ends of the court. Harry and Tuys played in tandem as they fed the ball to each other. They each were able to give the other assists.

Apple Valley came away with the 85-76 victory over Orono.

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