Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Minnesota Transitions took on Duluth East in a boys’ basketball game in the Minnesota Breakdown Tipoff Classic.

Minnesota Transitions came into the game with a record of 7-3. They were ranked #1 in class A. Duluth East came into the game with a record of 7-5. Both teams started out the game hot as both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes.

Minnesota Transitions looked to get the ball into the hands of Rodney Eugene Owens. Owens was not afraid to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court.

Duluth East went to a man-to-man defense. They were able to trap Minnesota Transitions in the corners.

Minnesota Transitions Darion Patterson led the offense. He would call out plays and was able to direct his players in the spots that he wanted them to be in.

It took a while for each team to feel each other out. They kept on trading baskets.

Neither team was able to get the ball out and score baskets in transitions. Duluth East controlled the tempo in the first half.

Minnesota Transitions Kyle Noreen found the basket late in the half. They were able to go on a run to close out the first half. (Deleted next sentence.)

At halftime the score was Duluth East 33 and Minnesota Transitions 32.

Minnesota Transitions came out looking to run and push the ball down the court. They wanted to get everyone involved in the offense.

The game was close throughout much of the second half. Neither team went on a run. The defensive pressure that each team displayed was very good. Owens continued to look for and received the ball in the top of the key area. He was able to knock down a short jump shot from the top of the key.

Duluth East kept attacking the basket. They were able to keep the game close. Neither team went on a run. There was no more than an eight-point swing in the second half.

Duluth East went to a full court press. They looked to pin Minnesota Transitions in the corners.

The score with 7:29 left to go in regulation was Minnesota Transitions 52 and Duluth East 45.

Both teams went at each other throughout the second half. Duluth East tied the game at 56 with 4:15 left to go.

The game came down to the wire. Duluth East came away with the 69-65 victory over Minnesota Transitions. The leading scorers for Minnesota Transitions were Matt Lanier with 25 points and Kyle Noreen with 21. The leading scorers for Duluth East were Johnny Woodard with 25 and Taylor Stafford with 21.

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