Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Totino-Grace went up against Columbia Heights in a boys' basketball game. Going into the game Tonino-Grace had a record of 14-11. Columbia Heights record was 12-11.

It was parent night at the game. Before the game got underway all of the parents were honored for their contributions over the past season. Heights also unveiled the banner it won for making it to the state boys' basketball tournament in the 2010-2011 season. It was the last regular home game for Columbia Heights.

Totino-Grace won the tip and they looked to get set up in their offense. This boded well for them during the game. Columbia Heights also started out shooting well. They got everyone into the offense. Heights was not afraid to shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. Gabe Kastenmeier made a deep three-point shot early in the half.

Both teams traded baskets. Neither team really went on a run in the first half as both teams played good defense. Columbia Heights picked up their defensive pressure at half court with the intent to slowing down their opponent and trying to prevent them from getting into their offensive sets.

Kalante RobertWesley Logan came off the bench for Columbia Heights and proved to be a defensive force.

At halftime the score was Totino-Grace 33 and Columbia Heights 28.

Columbia Heights push the ball down the court and scored easy baskets in transition to start the second half. They were also able to get steals and turn them into points.

Heights played methodically, running their offense and looking for good scoring opportunities. The score went back and forth throughout the second half. Deon Sanstad got his shot going midway through the half. He stepped up and knocked down a few deep three-point shots.

I enjoyed watching these two teams play because neither one of them gave up easy shots and they both played hard throughout the entire game. Neither team dominated the other one.

Columbia Heights called a timeout with 5:46 left in regulation the score was Totino-Grace 54 and Columbia Heights 52.

Sam Meyer took some good shots for Totino-Grace. He put up a nice fade away jump shot that he knocked down late in the contest.

In a game that went back and forth all night Totino-Grace came away with the 62-59 victory over Columbia Heights.

The leading scorers for Columbia Heights were Jordan Mills with 20 points, Deon Sanstad with 14 points, Matt Kourouma with 10 points and Taylor Renberg with 9 points.

The leading scorers for Totino-Grace were Nick Carr with 32 points, and Sam Meyer with 17 points.

These two teams will meet again in the quarterfinals of the region tournament.

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