Down seven points just before halftime, Champlin Park senior forward TJ Okafor hit a half-court shot to cut the lead to four and give his team momentum headed into the break and led the Rebels to a 65-52 victory over White Bear Lake in boys' basketball Thursday night.
BOYS' BASKETBALLOkafor leads Champlin Park rally
• CHAMPLIN PARK 65, WHITE BEAR LAKE 52: With his team down seven points just before halftime, Champlin Park senior forward TJ Okafor hit a half-court shot to cut the deficit to four and give his team momentum headed into the break. It turned out to be the spark the Rebels needed as they turned up the defensive pressure in the second half. Okafor did a little bit of everything, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the comeback victory.
• DELASALLE 87, ST. PAUL ACADEMY 37: Senior guard Lamonte Hall came off the bench and scored a game- and season-high 26 points, including eight three-pointers, to help the Islanders coast. Senior forward Jonah Travis chipped in with 16 points and senior guard Bretson McNeal had 15 for the Islanders. Sophomore guard Josh Gray led St. Paul Academy with 16 points.
• MINNEAPOLIS WASHBURN 71, MINNEAPOLIS ROOSEVELT 51: With his team trailing by four at the half, Washburn junior guard Dwight Anderson scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in second half to help turn a close game into a runaway and keep the Millers atop the Minneapolis City Conference. Senior guard Clarence Thomas added 16 points for Washburn. Senior guard Calvin Jenkins led the Teddies with 20 points.
• MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH 70, MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST 56: Thomas Ford scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds and Mohamed Mohamed had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tigers win and stay in contention for first place in the Minneapolis City Conference. South had a season-high 16 assists, and the Tigers' defensive pressure forced Southwest into 20 turnovers.
• DULUTH CENTRAL 83, CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI 81 (OT): Senior guard Ted Lutterman scored a career-high 44 points, including 13 three-pointers, good for second in the state record book for three-pointers in a game, for Cambridge-Isanti. Minnesonta Transitions guard Cash Eggleston made 20 three-pointers in a game in 2005.
• WHITE BEAR LAKE 1, ROSEVILLE 0 (OT): Max Birkenbine scored off an assist from Brandon Wahlin at 4:23 of overtime to give the Bears the Suburban East Conference championship outright. Roseville goalie Nick Lehr stopping 42 shots. White Bear Lake goalie Jared Schletty stopped 20 shots to pick up his second consecutive shutout.
• WAYZATA 4, MINNETONKA 2: Goals from Mario Lucia, Sam Majka and Tyler Klein in the second period propelled the Trojans to a victory over Lake Conference rival Minnetonka. Senior Alex Glockner's 31 saves kept the Skippers in the game, and Minnetonka pulled within 3-2 11:32 into the third period on a goal by sophomore Jimmy Schuldt. But Wayzata sealed it three minutes later on a goal from senior forward Paul Voelker.
• FARMINGTON 3, RED WING 2: Sophomore forward Grant Hauswirth scored the game-winner 5:50 into the third period and junior goalie Victor Simones came up with 52 saves as the Tigers held off Wingers in the Missota Conference. Red Wing senior Austin Anderson tied the score at 2-2 4:16 into the third period, but Hauswirth's goal -- his sixth of the season and second in three games -- gave the Tigers the lead a minute and a half later.
• BENILDE ST.-MARGARET'S 6, TOTINO-GRACE 1: A four-goal third period by the Red Knights blew open what had been a close game to give them a share of the North Suburban Conference title. Benilde, which shares the title with the Eagles, got two goals apiece from Jake Horton and Nick Lauth.
• RICHFIELD 80, MINNEAPOLIS ROOSEVELT 66: Sophomore guard Jessica January scored 30 points for Richfield -- the seventh time this season she has scored at least that many -- leading the Spartans past Roosevelt. The Teddies had four players in score in double figures: sophomore Tyneka Cage (17), junior Kadejja Young (16) senior Kaylani Edwards (14) and sophomore Breeyana Brittain (14).
• ELK RIVER 60, PARK CENTER 54: Senior guard Annie Sizen scored 20 points, including 18 from her six three-pointers, to lead the Elks over Park Center. Freshman center Cayla McMorris had 18 points in the loss for Park Center.
• ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE 68, CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI 57: Junior guard Christine Thorn's 16 points led St. Michael-Albertville over Cambridge-Isanti. Junior guard Whitney Olson carried Cambridge-Isanti with 29 points, including nine three-pointers.
• VISITATION 60, SOUTH ST. PAUL 58: The Blazers rallied from an eight-point deficit with less than three minutes left in the second half, closing the game with a 10-0 run to pull out the victory. Katie Gavic led Visitation with 15 points.