Tuesday, March 6, 2012


The Rochester Yellow Jackets took on the Golden Rams from Anoka Ramsey in the third place game of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference state tournament.

The game got out to a quick start as each team hit shots that they took. Rochester looked to score easy baskets in transition. The game was played at an up tempo pace. Neither team took much time off of the shot clock. They both looked to shoot with 20 seconds left on the shot clock.

The score went back and forth throughout the first half. Both teams did a good job on the defensive end. Neither team wanted to give up easy baskets. The Yellow Jackets went on a run late in the first half. The Rams kept on fighting as they didn't want to give up any easy baskets.

The Rams employed multiple defenses utilizing a combination of zones and man-to-man.
Neither team went on a run in the first half. It took a while for each team to figure each other out. They were able to settle in a grove midway through the first half. At halftime the score was Anoka 27 and Rochester 26.

Both teams looked to push the ball in transition to start the second half. Anoka looked to get the ball into the hands of Lucus Barraud. He was not afraid to shoot the ball when he thought he had an open shot.

The Anoka Ramsey head coach received a technical foul with 13:11 left in regulation. The score was Anoka Ramsey 48 and Rochester 36.

The Yellow Jackets came out flat in the second half while the Rams had not difficulty in locating the rim. Rochester called a timeout with 10:04 left in regulation. The score was Anoka Ramsey 60 and Rochester 40.

The Yellow Jackets continued to look for their shots. Deuntae Broadnax was all over the floor.

The Golden Rams went to a zone defense late in the game. They didn't want Rochester to take any open midrange shots and they tried to force them to shoot behind the 3 point line. The strategy worked.

Rochester called a timeout with 5:01 left in regulation. The score was Anoka 70 and Rochester 55.

In a game that was a one point game at half time, Anoka Golden Rams came away with the 83-56 victory over Rochester Yellow Jackets. Anoka came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half and simply wore down the Yellow Jackets.

The leading scorers for Rochester were Deuntae Broadnax with 13 points and Vidal Vance with 10 points. Rochester shot 20-71 from the field that included going 3-27 from behind the three-point line. They shot 13-24 from the free throw line.

The leading scorers for Anoka Ramsey were Lucas Barraud with 19 points, Michael Stephens with 16 points, Lemuel Doe with 12 points and David Hicks with 10 points. Anoka shot 31-67 from the field. That included going 9-21 from behind the three-point line. They shot 12-20 from the free throw line. 

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