South Metro Hoop Fest 2018
South Metro Hoop Fest - January 27, 2018
The 2017 South Metro Hoop Fest was hosted at Trinity River Ridge and showcased some very talented boys and girls prospects from across the Twin Cities metro area. A host of competitive games provided a great deal of excitement and entertainment. Here's a look at the top performers and prospects from the 2017 South Metro Hoop Fest.
Columbia Heights 3A (11-5) vs East Ridge 4A (11-4)
The premiere boys game of this years South Metro Hoop Fest was the Highlanders battled against the Raptors in a major talent match up. A major team scoring effort was the driving force behind Columbia Heights victory with 3 players scoring in double figures. Led by junior power forward Wendell Matthews scoring 12 who was a major factor in the paint on both sides of the ball, great versatility displayed by wing Christian Kelly finishing with 10 points and Quentin Hardritc scored at critical times finishing with 11 points. Guards Deaundra Roberson and Kadeem Thomas both made good contributions to this team win.
Other than falling short of the win at the end it was a overall solid performance by East Ridge. East Ridge did not have enough quality depth that was the main reason for the loss as the bench was not able to keep pace while the starters sat for rest. Nick Christenson led all scorers with 24 points with 5 makes from deep and was one of the top players during the event. The Raptors super sophomore wing Courtney Brown Jr finished with 18 points,9 rebounds showing good potential and production in this contest. East Ridge high caliber freshman post Ben Carlson did not play in this game.
Columbia Heights 60-57 over East Ridge
Cristo Rey 1A (10-6) vs Trinity 1A (8-7)
The Pumas dominated the boards giving the Pumas plenty of second chance points, that led to a decisive scoring advantage. Led by the top prospect in Minnesota senior class Texas commit Jericho Sims lived up to the billing dropping a South Metro Hoop Fest points high of 35 points and 16 boards. Sims showed the elite upside and ability to dominate a high school game for the win with 21 points in the second half. Senior forward Karlton Gregory finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds was big time on the glass with multiple put back as well three point plays. Freshmen point guard James Sommer was a major contributor for Cristo Rey, showing good aggressiveness and court vision finishing with 9 points and sophomore big Johnathan Williams 7 points with 5 boards.
Trinity was able to put up a solid game with plenty of makes from deep but fell short falling behind to double figures to Cristo Rey late in the first half and never were able to come back. The Trihawks were out matched on the inside and had no answer for Jericho Sims. A good over all team game with 5 players scoring in double figures led by senior point guard Luke Lodeon with 17 points all in the second half. Trihawks had a balanced scoring output Mason Calcutt with points 12 points, Jacob Masek finished with 10 points, Anthony Rumpza with 10 points and Ben Maslow with 10 points.
Cristo Rey 74-63 over Trinity
Minneapolis Washburn 4A (10-6) vs Monticello 3A (4-11)
The Millers played a complete game making plays on both sides of the court to get the win. Cortez Adams was a the main factor to the Millers victory in this game scoring 29 points, making clutch plays and free thows down the stretch to seal the game. Senior forward Albert Demmings played with great energy, had a major impact scoring 17 points, carrying the load in the first half and Terrell Adams finished with 9 points helping get the win.
The Mustangs put up a good fight but lost the fight in the final rounds falling behind late in the game. One of the top junior point guard Matt Todd was a major force for Monticello scoring 23 points with 4 rebounds, 3 assit, 3 streals giving Moticello a chance to win until late in the game. Rezi Useh had a good game for Monticello with 15 points, played some good defense for the Crusader making the most of his minutes.
Washburn 71-60 over Monticello
St.Paul Washington Tech 2A (8-7) vs Simley 3A (7-9)
In what was one of the most competitive games of the event Simley came out firing from deep in it's match up with St.Paul Washington. Simley made 5 makes from deep in the first half and a total of 11 makes from behind the arc total in the win over Washington Tech. Jake Binley did it on both sides of the ball turning defense to offense finishing with 22 led all scores and Sam Vujovich 12 came up big making plays to get the win.
Washington had plenty of opportunities to pull ahead late in the game but the youth showed with lack of finishing ability down the stretch. One of the top prospects in the St.Paul City Curtis Bell with 19 points gave Washington an opportunity to win scoring falling short of victory. Freshmen point guard Drewjuan White showed a good skill set and is defiantly the future of Washington tech basketball.
Simley 63-58 over St.Paul Washington
St.Croix Lutheran 2A (9-7) vs Roosevelt 2A (9-6)
The Teddies had the best team game effort at this years South Metro Hoop Fest with 4 players reaching double figures in their win. Leo Buckwold led the Teddies with 20 points, Reginald Rogers made a impact scoring 16 points, Desi Sims 10 and Jordan Jonhston scored 15 points making 5 makes from deep.
The Crusaders fellbehind early and never where able to come back after being down at half time by 12. St.Croix Lutheran played solid on the defensive end but did not have enough firepower to keep pace with the Teddies. Garett Magg finished with game high 26 with 5 makes from behind the arc. Jamaris Johnson could not really get it going in this game finishing with 9 points for St.Croix Lutheran.
Rossevelt 65-46 over St.Croix Lutheran
South Metro Hoop Fest Girls Games
Bloomington Kennedy 3A (9-6) vs Minneapolis North (9-7)
The Eagals played an exciting brand of basketball playing with great energy and speed on both sides of the ball. Kennedy led from the jump and never look back getting great contributions from everyone who played. Senior forward Honour Finley set the pace for Kennedy on the defensive end making plays and contesting shots she finished with 13 points. The most outstanding performance of the girls game was sophmore shooting guard Zaraya March who seemed unstopable at times, slashing and finishing at the rim as well as thrived at turning defense to offense. March was the leading scorer at this year South Metro Hoop Fest on the girls side finishing with 23 points. Junior guard Imani Sa'eed-El also was a major key controlling the pace of the game and making winning plays.
The lady Polar's had a ruff start and Kenndey did not give them many opportunities to come back. North has a very young rotation with under class men playing major roles and the youth showed with their lack of ability to have ball control and make stops on the defensive end. Junior guard Monique Wooten led them in scoring with 11 points and freshman wing Alani Pettis showed good potential with her play as well.
Bloomington Kennedy 66-43 over Minneapolis North
Minneapolis Roosevelt 2A (7-11) vs Trinity A (8-10)
Trihawk girls where in full attack mode, getting into the lane and finishing around the rim. Trinity would play a good team game moving the ball, making free thows and played their whole bench during the course of the game. Trinity's attack was led by Anna Frenz finishing with 15 points who was all over the place making plays and Anna Michaud scoring 14 points was also a factor to the victory for Trinity.
The Teddies girls played with solid energy but could not keep pace with Trinity in this years South Metro Hoop Fest. Once they were down there was not much come back in them Precious Smith led them in scoring with 8 points.
Trinity 53-35 over Minneapolis Roosevelt
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