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Posted On: 03/12/18 10:25 AM
The Section 8AAAA semifinals were held on Saturday in Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University.
In the opening matchup it was the #1 seed Maple Grove Crimson squaring off against the #4 seed St. Michael-Albertville Knights. The Knights started fast, however, three minutes into the game STMA senior forward Cody Mattson exited due to an apparent injury, which seemed to open the door back up for the Crimson. At halftime, Maple Grove had built a small five-point cushion, leading 32-27. In the second frame, the Crimson kept STMA at arm’s length, emerging victorious 71-59. Senior guard Xavier Thurman led the way for STMA with 19 points, while junior guard Nate Adams paced the Crimson with 21 points.
The second game of the day pitted two teams that pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals, the #6 seed Buffalo Bison against the #7 seed Moorhead Spuds. This was a tale of two halves, as the Bison dominated the action in the first half, jumping out to a 38-24 halftime lead. The grit and toughness that the Spuds showed in the second half was inspiring, outscoring the Bison by 12 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough, as the Bison held on for a 72-70 win. Sophomore guard Matthew Willert led all scorers with 25 for the Bison and sophomore guard Drew Hagen netted 20 for the Spuds.
The #1 seed Maple Grove will face the #6 seed Buffalo on Thursday night at 7pm in Monticello.
Here are ten takeaways from the action on Saturday: