Sunday, March 15, 2015


On Mach 11 St. Francis and Champlin Park squared off in boys’ Class 4A state quarterfinal basketball game at the Target Center.

Champlin Park looked to push the ball down the floor guard J.T. Gibson came up with layups.

St. Francis center Blake Moreno came up with layups in the paint. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There were several ties and lead changes throughout the first half.

St. Francis took a lot of time off the clock as they passed the ball around the 3-point line. Champlin Park switched between man-to-man and zone defense.

St. Francis called a timeout with 11:29 left in the first half. The score was Champlin Park 15, St. Francis 12.

Gibson did a good job of bringing the ball down the floor and getting the ball into his teammate’s hands. Gibson was able to get the ball into the hands of Mary Hill. Hill also came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

St. Francis couldn’t control Champlin Park when they made fast breaks.

Gibson came up with fade-a-way mid-range jump shots. He was able to get past the defenders and to the basket.

St. Francis called a timeout with 4:25 left in the first half. The score was Champlin Park 37, St. Francis 20.

Champlin Park did a good job of scoring baskets in transition. The guards knew where everyone was supposed to be on the floor.

Champlin Park used their quickness to their advantage as they came up with steals and fast break layups late in the first half.

At halftime the score was Champlin Park 52, St. Francis 23.

As the second half got underway Champlin Park continued to push the ball down the floor.

The defense that Champlin Park applied made it very difficult for St. Francis to come up with shots in the second half.

Moreno came up with big shots late in the contest.

The game went into the mercy rule.

Champlin Park came away with the 90-47 victory over St. Francis.

The leading scorer for St. Francis was Moreno with 17 points.

The leading scorers for Champlin Park were Wright and Jeremy Johnson both had 17 points and Hill had 15 points.

After the game I was able to talk to Champlin Parks
Wright and head coach Mark Tuchscherer about the game.

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