Boys came out sleep walking and never really recovered against ECI Select (a team they had beat once before in Ames, IA).
A final “Hail Mary” with 2 seconds on the clock full length of the court completed to the “receiver” but was unable to finish.
Lost 46-45.

Next game was vs a pretty good ND Cougars squad. LOTS of college coaches watching one of their players and rightfully so.
Boys just couldn’t quite get over the hump in this game.
Lost 65-60.

Now well into the losers bracket side of things the guys faced the ND Phenom Regional squad. Having beat the
NDP National squad twice already, confidence exuded.
In the end…
Win 72-44.
So when are we going to learn to treat EVERY opponent like we beat their top level team already and simply go out to DESTROY them ? /Soapbox

Then some more St Cloud strangeness ensued… scheduled to play the Wisconsin Playmakers squad on Saturday.
They were a no show.
And the ND Phenom Regional team was a no show.
So we won by forfeit as did the Mid MN team that had had a very hapless tournament.
But since we were both there, the St Cloud folks paired us up to play a game.
We ended up winning it…
Win 73-57.

So, 2 and 2 on the weekend, but a very disappointing showing for sure.

Guys gotta learn to play ALL OUT from buzzer to buzzer in EVERY game no matter what time it starts nor whom it is against, and for God’s sake… develop the STEP ON THEIR THROAT mentality if you plan to play ball beyond high school. You can’t let a team back into a game when you have them down, in the blink of an eye a 12 point lead can turn into a 12 point deficit.

Enough preaching…

Videos will be a bit delayed for this tournament, lots of work at the office I gotta catch up on first.
Will get them up though ASAP.

~ Rod

Great Plains Alliance Tourney