Boys Rotary Holiday Classic: Hurt reaches 3,000 points in JM win
Matthew Hurt hit a major milestone on Friday, and was very modest about his achievement.
The John Marshall senior became just the ninth boys’ basketball player in state history to reach the 3,000-point mark. The 6-foot-9 forward, who is an undeclared five-star recruit, achieved the mark with just fewer than 12 minutes left in the first half against Lake City during the Rotary Holiday Classic.
Hurt effortlessly drained a 3-pointer to give him five points for the game and push him to 3,001 career points. It was part of his 33-point effort as JM defeated Lake City 69-48 in the title game of the four-team Olmsted Medical Center Bracket.
“It feels good,” Hurt said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates from previous years and this year. I give a lot of credit to them.”
Hurt, in his sixth varsity season, also became the state’s all-time leader among big-school players during the game. Jake Sullivan for Tartan had 3,013 points and was the big-school leader. Hurt now has 3,029 career points, and he probably has at least 20 more games this season.
“It’s unbelievable,” JM coach Jim Daly said of Hurt’s milestone. Hurt, who finished with 11 rebounds and three assists, had 20 points in the first half as the Rockets (4-4) took a 35-27 lead.
The Rockets also continued their trend of solid defense, especially in the second half.
“During our shoot around, our goal was to stop (number) 3 (Nathan Heise) and 34 (Reid Gastner),” Hurt said. “You can’t stop a player, but you try to contain them. We tried to contain them and do our best.”
“We’ve been solid the last three games,” Daly said.
The Rockets have held their last three foes to less than 40 percent shooting from the field. Lake City shot just 31.2 percent (15-for-48), including just 6-for-26 in the second half.
“We’re just maybe playing a little bit harder,” Daly said. “Give the kids credit, they’ve worked hard and now we’ve won three straight.”
Heise and Gastner did account for 30 of Lake City’s 48 points, but the Tigers (8-2) were held to 14 points below their season average as they lost for just the second time this season.
“They’re a great team and they have a lot of players who can shoot the ball,” Hurt said. “I think we’ve been defending a lot better than we have previously. ... I think we played really good defense and forced them into tough shots.”
Simon Werven did a strong job on Heise in the second half, holding him to one field goal. Heise had 12 of his 17 points in the first half. Gastner scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half. “His defensive effort was impressive,” JM assistant coach Richard Hurt said of Werven.
The Tigers had trouble with JM’s size. Aside from Hurt, 6-8 Lincoln Meister had 12 points and eight rebounds and the 6-5 Werven added 11 points and seven rebounds. The Rockets shot a lusty 28-for-49 from the field (57.1 percent).
The Rockets caught a bus not long after Friday’s game. They were headed to Sioux Falls, S.D., to play a showcase game against Brandon Valley, S.D., at 6:30 p.m. today.
• In the consolation round of the Olmsted Medical Center Bracket, Woodbury nipped Mahtomedi 71-70.
Mac Lockner hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Woodbury, 19 in the second half. Luke Ricker had 23 points for Mahtomedi and J’Vonne Hadley added 22.
John Marshall 69, Lake City 48
LAKE CITY (48)
Nathan Heise 17 P, 5 R; Jake Wohlers 6 P, 2 3-PT; Justin Wohlers 6 P, 2 3-PT; Reid Gastner 13 P, 1 3-PT; Josh Matanich 6 P.
JOHN MARSHALL (69)
Matthew Hurt 33 P, 11 R, 3 A; 3 3-PT; Jacob Daing 2 P; Montrae Hiatt 2 P; Cole Dyer 4 P; Simon Werven 11 P, 7 R; Will Woodford 3 P, 1 3-PT; Bill Ndumbe 2 P; Lincoln Meister 12 P, 8 R.
Halftime: JM 35, LC 27.
Free throws: LC 13-17, JM 9-10. Field goals: LC 15-48, JM 28-49.
Three-point goals: LC 5, JM 4. Rebounds: LC 22, JM 37. Turnovers: LC 8, JM 12.
U.S. BANK BRACKET
After a slow start, Century rallied past Columbia Heights 82-76 in overtime to win the four-team U.S. Bank Bracket at the Rotary Holiday Classic on Friday at Mayo Civic Center.
Century trailed 38-28 at the half before rallying to tie the game at 69 at the end of regulation. Jack Fisher was then 8-for-10 at the line in overtime to help Century collect the win and improve to 5-4 after going 2-0 in the tournament.
“Really happy with how our guys battled against a very quick and tall Columbia Heights team,” Century coach Jake Vetter said. “Their size and quickness really gave us a tough time in that first half when trying to finish down low. Coming out from halftime our players did a great job of applying the adjustments we talked about at halftime and chipping away at the 10-point deficit.”
Stephen Olander and Gabe Hanson combined to make seven 3-pointers for Century. Olander made four long-range shots and finished with 18 points. Hanson hit a trio of 3-pointers and had 10 points.
“Stephen Olander hit some big threes for us that got the momentum and energy going in our favor,” Vetter said.
Senior Joe Ruff chipped with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Panthers. “This was a great team win for us with everyone who stepped on the floor playing a vital role in the outcome,” Vetter said.
Century 82, Col. Heights 76, OT
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS (76)
Davis 22 P, 4 3-PT; Burton 19 P, 3 3-PT; Ogul 16 P, 13 R; Alvarez 11 P; Williams 6 P; Jones 2 P.
Kobe Sinclair 8 P; Stephen Olander 18 P, 4 3-PT; Mark Leonard 4 P; Gabe Hanson 10 P, 3 3-PT; Mac Horvath 2 P; Jack Fisher 27 P, 7 R, 1 3-PT; Peter Lynch 1 P; Joe Ruff 12 P, 6 R.
Halftime: CH 38, CENT 28. Regulation: CH 69, CENT 69.
Free throws: CH 12-18, CENT 18-28.
Three-point goals: CH 7, CENT 8.
Byron places third
Byron claimed third-place in the U.S. Bank Bracket at the Rotary Holiday Classic with a 70-55 win over Hutchinson.
The Bears used a balanced attack as four players scored in double figures. Senior Caleb Christenson led the way with 18 points while a pair of sophomores had strong games. Jake Braaten had 17 points and Travis Underwood added 14 points. Senior Will Holz chipped in with 12 points as Byron improved to 3-6.
Seth Grob had a game-high 20 points for Hutchinson (5-3).
Byron 70, Hutchinson 55
Caleb Christenson 18 P, 1 3-PT; Nolan Seaberg 2 P; Jake Braaten 17 P; Easton Hulke 5 P; Titus Knutson 3 P, 1 3-PT; Carter Wilde 2 P; Titus Christofferson 3 P, 1 3-PT; Will Holz 12 P; Travis Underwood 14 P, 2 3-PT.
Devin Nelson-Rhoda 3 P; Seth Grob 20 P, 1 3-PT; Logan Hoff 8 P; Zach Kuseske 6 P; Russell Corrigan 11 P; Devon Verhasselt 7 P.
Halftime: BYR 33, HUT 16.
Free throws: BYR 11-16, HUT 16-26.
Three-point goals: BYR 5, HUT 1.
ROTARY CLUBS BRACKET
Mayo settles for runner-up finish
Robbinsdale used its quickness and athleticism to run past Mayo 86-81 in the four-team Rotary Clubs of Rochester Bracket title game at the Rotary Holiday Classic.
“Trying to defend kids with that kind of quickness and ball skill is a bad recipe for us,” Mayo coach Luke Madsen said. “And it’s great for us to be in games like this so it highlights those things so the kids can see that.”
Jalen Miller scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to spark Cooper (4-2). Miller constantly was able to get to the basket. Broderick Powell Jr. added 18 points, 13 in the first half.
Gabe Madsen had his second straight huge tournament game for Mayo. After scoring 40 points in the first round Thursday, Madsen tallied 38 points and had 16 rebounds against Cooper. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 24 points in the first half as Mayo trailed 41-40 at the break.
Cooper led by 10 in the second half but Mayo (6-2) made a run behind the Madsen twins. Gabe added 14 more points in the second half and Mason Madsen scored 16 of his 18 in the half. Mohamed Hammadelniel added a trio of 3-pointers, the final one to pull Mayo within 82-81 with 1:22 left.
The Spartans had another 3-pointer to take the lead in the final minute, but it was blocked. Cooper then scored four points in the closing 15 seconds to seal the win.
“We’ll grow from this, I think we’ll get better,” Luke Madsen said. “You can’t get better unless you get put in a tough spot like that.”
Robbins. Cooper 86, Mayo 81
ROBBINSDALE COOPER (86)
Cam Vaughn 13 P, 1 3-PT; Quincy Sneddy 8 P, 5 R; Jalen Miller 21 P; Broderick Powell Jr. 18 P, 7 R, 1 3-PT; Jalen Justice 12 P, 2 3-PT; Majay Murphy 7 P, 1 3-PT; Tyson Dallas 7 P, 1 3-PT.
Mohamed Hammadelniel 9 P, 3 3-PT; Calvin Dixon 9 P, 6 R; Gabe Madsen 38 P, 16 R, 4 3-PT; Andre Crockett Jr. 7 P, 1 3-PT; Josh Collins 0 P, 6 R; Mason Madsen 18 P, 7 R, 2 3-PT.
Halftime: RC 41, MAYO 40.
Free throws: RC 8-20, MAYO 15-17. Field goals: RC 36-72, MAYO 28-58.
Three-point goals: RC 6, MAYO 10. Rebounds: RC 29, MAYO 43. Turnovers: RC 6, MAYO 20.
P-E-M falls in consolation round
Plainview-Elgin-Millville had a cold second half in a 50-40 loss to Holmen, Wis., in the consolation round of the Rotary Clubs of Rochester Bracket. P-E-M trailed 28-23 at then managed just 17 points in the second half.
Holmen (4-5) made just two field goals in the second half, but was 17-for-24 at the line.
Griffin Doughty scored a game-high 18 points for P-E-M (2-7).
Holmen 50, P-E-M 40
Joe Irish 6 P; Conner Schumacher 5 P; Blake Herber 7 P; Kole Riess 2 P; Griffin Doughty 18 P; Sam Schultz 2 P.
HOLMEN, WIS. (50)
Jimmy Gillespie 9 P, 3 3-PT; Evan Troyanek 5 P, 1 3-PT; Cameron Weber 11 P; Kevin Koelbl 13 P, 1 3-PT; Tatum Grass 5 P; Ben Olson 7 P.
Halftime: HOLM 28, PEM 23.
Free throws: PEM 6-12, HOLM 19-29.
Three-point goals: PEM 0, HOLM 5.
Caledonia tops Lourdes in consolation game
Noah King scored 20 points and Caledonia pulled out a narrow 71-65 win over Lourdes in the consolation round of the Everson Bracket.
King was balanced in his scoring with 11 points in the first half and nine in the second. Freshman Eli King, Noah’s younger brother, scored 13 points and Sam Privet added 10 for the Warriors (6-3).
Colin Meade poured in 29 points to pace Lourdes (4-2) while Matthew Hayford added 18. Meade scored 21 points in the first half.
• In the title game of the bracket, Northfield defeated St. Croix Prep Academy 80-61.
Mitchell Stanchina paced Northfield (5-2) with 28 points, 17 in the first half. Mason Zick added 25 points for the Raiders.
Caledonia 71, Lourdes 65
Eli King 13 P; Riley Gavin 7 P; Casey Storlie 9 P; Tate Meiners 8 P, 1 3-PT; Noah King 20 P; Arick Bauer 1 P; Austin Klug 3 P, 1 3-PT; Sam Privet 10 P.
Oliver Dahlberg 6 P; Antewan Webber Jr. 6 P; Matthew Hayford 18 P, 1 3-PT; Michael Frain 2 P; Colin Meade 29 P, 2 3-PT; Lucas Carisch 4 P.
Halftime: CAL 38, LOUR 35.
Free throws: CAL 21-28, LOUR 10-19.
Three-point goals: CAL 2, LOUR 3.