April 24, 2006

Minnesota springball weekend review

Minnesota teams experienced some quality success on what was the most loaded weekend for spring hoops yet. Several teams traveled to Texas to take part in the Kingwood Classic while back home tournaments were in full swing. Players making a solid name for themselves included Orono's Jon Leuer of Magic Elite, Rosemount's Andrew Brommer from 43 Hoops 16's, Cooper's Dennis Williamson of Magic Westsiders and Simley's Caleb Saindon from IAATK Elite.

The Pulley Panthers went 2-0 in pool play advancing them to the Platinum-A division of the Kingwood tournament. They then lost in the first round of the playoffs as they were beaten by Blessed IJN Elite 60-58. But it was a good showing for Pulley as they beat the talented Atlanta Celtics in the first round. Highlights included Bear Johnson's eight big free throws down the stretch and a huge three from Matt Janning. Johnson had a team-high 21 points while Trevor Mbakwe added 19 points, five blocks and seven rebounds.

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