Unpublished stuff from Saturday night at SCSU

It was a great night for area basketball people Saturday at St. Cloud State.
There were seven games in The Breakdown Granite City Classic, including the marquee late matchup between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Apple Valley.

My guess is there were about 4,500 people at Halenbeck Hall, which is a huge crowd there. I’m going to write more about it in the area notebook, but there was some stuff that didn’t get published in Sunday’s paper. Here is some of what I wrote:

By Tom Elliott
Randy Jordan has sent many teams against Dean Kesler’s St. Cloud Apollo Eagles.
Saturday night at Halenbeck Hall, however, Jordan’s team was the Stillwater Ponies instead of the St. Cloud Tech Tigers.
The Ponies beat the Eagles 56-51 Saturday night at Halenbeck Hall. It was a gritty battle reminiscent of hard-fought games past.
“Our kids found a way to win,” said Jordan, who left Tech after the 2008-09 season for Stillwater. “It was a hard-fought game. Hopefully, this is something we can build off.”
Kesler was pleased with how the Eagles (6-4) played.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our guys,” Kesler said. “We competed the whole game.
“We got some good shots, but we had some bad turnovers down the stretch. This will be a good experience to get us ready come playoff time.”
The Apollo-Stillwater game was one of seven played Saturday at Halenbeck as part of The Breakdown Granite City Classic.
There was a huge crowd at Halenbeck, most there to see the late game between Belgrade-Brooten-Elroosa and Apple Valley.
STILLWATER – Connor Gamble 6, Nick Ogren 10, Wyatt Blinkhorn 2, Mitch Bruggers 5, Nicholas Blonski 5, T.J. Giebler 4, Andrew Warren 2, Matt Anderson 13, Kyle McKinley 9. FG 22-54, FT 5-11, REB 29, TO 9, PF 16.
APOLLO – John Quinlan 4, Cole Johnson 6, Wes McDonell 9, Ethan Carlson 0, Noel Teigen 0, Ethan Novacinski 23, Jeremy Koffi 7, Jack Atkinson 2, Michael Ashwill 0. FG 17-45, FT 14-16, REB 28, TO 10, PF 13.

J.R. Bascom had 15 points and Gus Austin and John Veil each had 10 to lead Blake (4-5) past Sauk Rapids (0-10) at Halenbeck Hall.
Kobe Boraas had 17 points, Alex Burklund 16 and Cody Landwehr 10 for Sauk Rapids.
BLAKE – Gus Austin 10, Charlie Levitt 7, Jack Moe 3, Johnny Curran 7, John Viel 10, J.R. Bascom 15, John Augustine 8, Cameron Hastings 8, Tom Mahoney 2, Mike Winkey 3. FG 29-56, FT 8-11, REB 24, TO 11, PF 10.
SAUK RAPIDS – Alex Burklund 16, Casey Lynch 0, Tyler Kranz 0, Jacob Doman 6, Brady Peterson 8, Mitchell Waldorf 3, Cody Landwher 10, Kobe Boraas 17. FG 24-50, FT 3-6, REB 28, TO 13, PF 12.
Halftime: Blake 39, Sauk Rapids 24

Big Lake led 44-15 at halftime to beat the Sabres at Halenbeck Hall.
Austin Poe had 30 points to lead the Hornets. Tom Bearson scored 20 to lead Sartell.
SARTELL – Tom Bearson 20, Alex Haima 0, Clay Mackenthun 0, Scott Ballard 2, Brett Bertelson 3, Cordell Midas 0, Brandon Snoberger 0, Sam Neeser 3, Kevin Wolfe 4, Kyle Och 0, Nolan Frank 1, Matthew Markman 4, Jacob Gieske 0, Hunter Anderson 2. FG 16-43, FT 2-5, REB 17, TO 15, PF 17.
BIG LAKE – Michael Doperalski 16, Austin Poe 30, Jake Pribnow 4, Eric Chuba 8, Tyler Halverson 7, Sam Dokkebakken 11, Collin Teigen 0, Sam Jochum 0, Ben Wehmas 0, Christian Ropte 0. FG 30-45, FT 9-18, REB 24, TO 7, PF 8.

ROCORI – Brad Fabel 10, Connor Schoborg 0, Josh Peterson 8, Alec Anderson 0, Alex Faber 0, Ryan Dockendorf 0, Skippy Virchow 0, Taylor Schmitz 0, Cole Field 8, Ryan Hennen 2, Austin Overman 7, Max Nelson 9. FG 19-43, FT 4-7, REB 26, TO 17, PF 8.
PRIOR LAKE – Tevin Grant 0, Jon Sobaski 14, Kevin McKiernan 12, Keaton Greene 3, Matt Hepola 0, Jack Kortes 0, Nick Vanek 2, Sam Schultz 13, Lucas Olson 2, Nick Raddatz 0, Jason Faul 5, Tyson West 0, Nick Sabin 0, Austin Heidecker 3, Connor Bair 17, Devin Mays 2. FG 29-63, FT 8-14, REB 32, TO 4, PF 9.

J.T. Gibson had 20 points and Brennan Witt 15 to lead Champlin Park past Roseville at Halenbeck Hall.
Champlin Park (10-1) is ranked seventh in the state in Class 4A. Roseville (6-4) is ranked eighth. The Raiders were led by Derek Magnuson’s 14 points. Kobe Critchley and Mitch Poss each had 11.

Nate Sivhel scored 25 points to lead St. Francis at Halenbeck Hall.
Toby Hanson had 28 points for Delano.

Duke-bound Tyus Jones had 22 points and nine assists to lead Apple Valley (9-1) past Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (7-1) at Halenbeck Hall.
Jones shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 2 of 4 from three-point range. He was 4-for-4 from the line and had three turnovers and one block.
For BBE, Brian Goodwin had 11 points and James Kueffler had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Tom Elliott

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Follow Tom Elliott at https://twitter.com/sctimestom Elliott is the prep sports coordinator of Times Media, which includes the St. Cloud Times newspaper. He has worked for the paper since the beginning of time, except for a three-plus-year stretch as the sports editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., from 1994-97.
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