Thursday, July 10, 2008

Heat 2nd in Atlanta, Tournament Week Part 2

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The Ohio Glory got the best of NC Heat Wednesday in the 17 Championship game. The Heat was ice cold from the floor in the game and were down 18-4 late in the first half. With just under 5 minutes left 1st half, NC Heat began to press and closed to 24-21 at halftime. The Heat went back to half court match up or man for most of the 2nd half. They did manage to take leads of 28-27 and 30-29. Then it was Ohio's 12-0 run that made the score 41-30 Ohio with about 4 minutes left. There was no Heat run to match and the final score was 54-38. The Heat shot many fewer free throws. The refs were very consistent and even but were instructed to let 'em play.
NC Heat plays today at 1:30 pm EDT vs. the top team in pool I in the AAU Nationals. Pool play runs through Saturday and bracket play begins Sunday.

North Tartan's 15U placed 2nd in the Gold bracket, lost by 1 to a team out of Texas in the finals. North Tartan Larson's team lost in the final four in the Diamond Bracket but didn't play the 3rd place game as they had to catch flights back home.

The MN Metro Stars program had a successful tournament at the Nike End of the Trail in Oregon City, OR.

The 15U team went 4-1 and won the consolation title in the White bracket with a dramatic overtime win in the final game.

The Black team placed 3rd overall in the Gold bracket out of 32 teams. The Black team was also awarded exhibition games at the End of the Trail against the Mile High Magic Black and Northwest Blazers. Both teams featured top 25 national players in the class of 2009. The End of the Trail is the 2nd tournament in a row that Metro Stars Black has advanced to the final four, having done so at the Miss Basketball event in Sioux Falls in late June.

The Metro Stars 14U, 15U, White, and Black teams will now travel to Chicago for the Nike Summer Showcase which begins on Saturday. Information about the Metro Stars program can be found at

15 AAU
The MN Suns Ellen is the #5 seed and are in pool D in the AAU 15 tournament. MN Suns Greg is in pool I along with Michigan Fastbreak.

The Miss Basketball Showcase tips off today. Here is the results page.

Here are the schedules for the Great Lakes Shootout in Menomonie. scroll down the page.

If you didn't catch it last night Minnehaha won the championship of the Concordia St. Paul Summer League. I reported on two of the games last night. I will have the photos and stats loaded up later today.

The playoff picture has come into sharper focus as 7 teams have locked up a playoff spot in the varsity league heading into the final regular season game at 6pm next Tuesday. The first round of the league playoffs begin at 7 pm.

Andover and Coon Rapids will square off at 6pm with the 8th and final playoff spot at stake. The winner of that game earns the right to face the #1 seed, a team that has yet to be determined as Maple Grove (9-1) faces off with Minnetonka (10-0) in the 6 pm game. There is also a scenario where Champlin Park (9-1) could finish with the first seed. Visit the Champlin Park website for a rundown of the scenarios.

In the JV league, only 3 teams have clinched a spot in the playoffs. Three teams are mathematically eliminated, so 6 teams are battling for the final five playoff spots. With four of those teams sporting 5-5 records it's almost certain the tie breakers will become a factor.

Braham leads this summer league at 6-0, North Branch is second at 6-1. Three week remain with the next two weeks at Rush City and the last week at Braham.

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