Cretin-Derham Hall, the defending state champion in Class 4A boys’ basketball, is one win away from another trip to the state tournament after beating Tartan 81-76 in a section semifinal on Monday at Hastings High School.
Jaeden King scored 27 points to lead the No. 2-seed Raiders. Amari Carter added 17.
Antwan Kimmons scored 41 points for the No. 3-seeded Titans. Langston Binns had 18.
Cretin-Derham Hall (20-6) will take on top seed East Ridge (24-2) on Thursday night in the Section 4 championship.
East Ridge 64, St. Paul Central 52: Down one at halftime, the Raptors took control in the second half to continue its postseason run. Ben Carlson led the way with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Kendall Brown added 16 for East Ridge. Dion Ford scored 16 for the Minutemen. If the Raptors win Thursday, they would clinch their first trip to the state tournament. The school opened in 2009.
Rochester John Marshall 69, New Prague 56: Matthew Hurt had 44 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Rockets. The senior surpassed 1,000 points on the season. Rochester John Marshall has lost to Lakeville North in the past six Class 4A, Section 1 championships. Last year the Panthers won 51-46. The Rockets (20-6) are looking for their first state tournament berth since 2003.
Totino-Grace 51, St. Paul Johnson 40: A strong defensive effort advanced the Eagles into the Class 3A, Section 4 final as they held all Governors scorers to single digits. Devin Burger led the way with 16 points. Totino-Grace is seeking its first state tournament appearance since 2006. The Eagles will play Mahtomedi on Thursday at St. Paul Washington.
Mahtomedi 78, Columbia Heights 59: J’Vonne Hadley scored 26 points for the Zephyrs. Zac Centers added 17. Jordan Jones scored 16 for the Hylanders. If Mahtomedi beats Totino-Grace, it will be its first state tournament appearance since its lone trip in 1961.
St. Paul Academy 57, Cristo Rey Jesuit 43: The No. 6-seeded Spartans upset the Pumas with four players scoring in double figures. Andrew Johnson and Ryan Moore both scored 12. Derek Burgess led Cristo Rey with 14.
Northfield 66, Winona 64: Kip Schetnan hit a pair of free throws to put the Raiders on top with 18 seconds remaining in the Class 3A, Section 1 semifinals. The Winhawks’ Brad Winter had a nice look at a potential game-winning three-pointer, but the ball bounced off the front of the rim as time expired. Northfield will play No. 1 seed Austin on Thursday. If the Raiders get the upset, it will be their first trip to state since 1932.