3A: Washburn, DeLaSalle keep it all in the city

  • Article by: BRIAN STENSAAS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 11:03 PM

 The all-Minneapolis championship will pit the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.

view larger photos

  

Nervous Minneapolis Washburn bench players frantically tapped the tops of their sneakers on the Target Center court during a double-digit second-half run by St. Paul Johnson on Thursday.

But by the end, the bright smile on Joseph Doby's face as the game's final free throws swished through the net told the true story.

"So happy we were able to pull away at the end," he said. "I think it was the first time I've ever smiled like that."

He had reason.

The senior forward paced the Millers to a tight 75-66 Class 3A semifinal victory over St. Paul Johnson with 21 points and nine rebounds. After a missed free throw, his off-the-glass putback with just under five minutes to play gave top-seeded Washburn (29-2) the lead for good.

"We weren't going to lose, we weren't going to go home," said Doby, one of three Millers in double digits and nine who scored. "We want that championship."

Securing a spot in Saturday's championship game was no cinch, though it appeared it was headed that way early. The Millers led by as many as 15 points late in the first half and took a nine-point lead into halftime.

But the Governors (21-9) entered the second half re-energized. They scored the first five points and used an 11-0 run to take a one-point lead with 6:30 to play.

"It was going to be a dogfight to get this one," Washburn coach Reggie Perkins said.

The Millers outrebounded the Governors 44-26 and limited them to 16 second-chance points.

"That was our focus," Perkins said. "And it worked."

Marcus Marshall put on a show for the Governors. The senior guard scored St. Paul Johnson's first 11 points en route to a game-high 31 before fouling out in the game's final minute.

DeLaSalle 67, Grand Rapids 44

Limited to four points at halftime, Reid Travis spent the down time in the DeLaSalle locker room reliving what he called a "soft" performance.

"When you think about it, that could have been it for our season," the sophomore big man said of his team, which led by six over Grand Rapids (25-6) at the time. "I didn't want it to be that way."

So he put himself in control. The 6-6 Travis, one of what coach Dave Thorson called his team's "fake post players," scored seven of the Islanders' 23 points during a lopsided run to open the second half. The Islanders cruised into the Class 3A championship game from there.

During the ride, Travis scored on back-to-back possessions for No. 2 DeLaSalle (25-6). The back end of it came on a one-handed slam dunk with Travis flying through the lane over Thunderhawks players.

"Just trying to bring some more intensity to the game," he said.

Luke Scott scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the first half and made three of the Islanders' seven three-pointers.

DeLaSalle, which carries a 13-game winning streak into Saturday's championship, forced 15 turnovers on the other end of the court.

"Our pressure was just too much," Thorson said. "That's what made the difference. Since Christmas, our defense has been really coming."

  • related content

  • Jerry Pratt’s drive to the basket for Washburn was met with resistance from St. Paul Johnson’s Marcus Marshall. Pratt had 17 points — four on a pair of dunks.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 14 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 5
Boston - WP: J. Tazawa 5 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: D. O`Day 3
Milwaukee - LP: J. Broxton 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Holdzkom 4
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda 5
Washington - WP: D. Fister 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 2
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 0
Cleveland - LP: K. Crockett 4 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: J. Burton 5
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 10 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Vargas 1
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 10 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Peacock 5
Arizona - LP: C. Anderson 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. Lyles 15
Cincinnati - LP: D. Holmberg 1 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Lackey 2
Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Lester 3
Texas - WP: L. Bonilla 12 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago 3
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 0 FINAL
San Diego - WP: O. Despaigne 5
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Colorado 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 5
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary

ADVERTISEMENT

Advertisement
Golden Gavel by Star Tribune

Countdown to great deals

Bid Sept. 21-29

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Vikings and Gophers do this weekend?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close