Bulletin area boys basketball round-up

All three Bulletin-area high school boys basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end last week with first-round section playoff losses.


The Knights faced an uphill battle against Maple Grove, the team it lost to by a combined 59 points in two games during the regular season. Irondale kept the score more manageable the third time around, but the Crimson still proved to be too much.

Irondale, seeded seventh in Section 5AAAA, fell 84-69 despite having the game’s high scorer on its roster. Kevin Schramm led all scorers with 27 points and was one of three Knights in double figures. Uwana Etuk-Akpan added 16 and Isaac Ackerman scored 13.

Maple Grove, the No. 2 seed, countered with four players scoring in double figures, including Brad Davison and his 26 points.

The victory sends the Crimson to Tuesday’s section semifinals. Maple Grove takes on third-seeded Wayzata at 8 p.m. at Rogers High School. The first semifinal that night pits top-seeded Champlin Park against fourth-seeded Centennial.

Irondale finishes the season with a record of 7-20. It is the Knights’ second consecutive losing season, but they did win five more games than they did a year ago.

Mounds View 

Although they are not in the same conference, Mounds View and Tartan have faced each other in each of the last two seasons. Both meetings have come in the Section 4AAAA playoffs and both games have gone the way of the Titans.

Tartan made it back-to-back section victories over the Mustangs with a dramatic 81-78 win on Feb. 25 on Kaul’s Court at Mounds View High School. 

With the score tied at 78-78 following a layup by Mounds View’s Nate Albers, Tartan skipped the timeout and instead brought the ball up the court. The Titans’ Jordan Horn, who wasn’t shy about launching three-pointers throughout the game, did just that and swished it through for the victory.

Horn, a sophomore, also led Tartan to a playoff victory over Mounds View in last season’s section semifinals. His 18 points led Tartan to a 75-65 victory.

Horn finished with 29 points. Mounds View got 31 from Nate Albers and 25 from Ryan Kaczynski.

Tartan followed up the victory over Mounds View by taking on top-seeded Roseville in the semifinals on Saturday night. The Titans gave the Raiders all they could handle, but came up short in a 61-58 loss.

Mounds View finishes the season with a record of 19-8.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies faced a tall task when they faced second-seeded Fridley in the Section 3AAA quarterfinals last week. The Tigers proved to be too much as they won 69-51. 

Fridley’s Jonathan Conyers led all scorers with 23 points. Nick Peterson paced St. Anthony with a dozen. Ben Peterson added 11 and Nick Knutson scored 10.

The Huskies finish the season with a record of 6-21, a one-game improvement over last season.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Section 5AAAA boys basketball playoffs

Game 1 – Champlin Park 105, Robbinsdale Cooper 48
Game 2 – Centennial 56, Osseo 54
Game 3 – Wayzata 79, Park Center 53
Game 4 – Maple Grove 84, Irondale 69
Semifinals, March 3 at Rogers High School
Game 5 – Centennial vs. Champlin Park, 6 p.m.
Game 6 – Wayzata vs. Maple Grove, 8 p.m.
Championship game, March 6, 7 p.m. at Rogers High School
Game 7 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Section 4AAAA boys basketball playoffs

Game 1 – Roseville 91, North St. Paul 47
Game 2 – Tartan 81, Mounds View 78
Game 3 – Mahtomedi 54, White Bear Lake 43
Game 4 – Stillwater 62, Woodbury 55
Game 5 – Mahtomedi 68, Stillwater 66
Game 6 – Roseville 61, Tartan 58
Championship game, March 5, 7 p.m. at East Ridge
Game 7 – Mahtomedi vs. Roseville

Section 3AAA boys basketball playoffs

Game 1 – DeLaSalle 76, St. Paul Como Park 50
Game 2 – Columbia Heights 90, Totino-Grace 77
Game 3 – Minneapolis Henry 73, Spring Lake Park 38
Game 4 – Fridley 69, St. Anthony Village 51
Semifinals, March 3 at Coon Rapids High School
Game 5 – Columbia Heights vs. DeLaSalle, 6 p.m.
Game 6 – Minneapolis Henry vs. Fridley, 8 p.m.
Championship game, March 6, 7 p.m. at Coon Rapids High School



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