Card Boys Win Section Opener

March 7

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[Last home game for the seniors . . . ]

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[The “A” team – last home game for seniors here too . . . ]

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[How ’bout that Maori war chant the hockey team used?]

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[It begins with Trey Hoepner (1) on the point of the defense against the Prowlers.]

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[Jaran Roste (1) on No. 24.  Very early on (though we got off to our usual slow start again (?)), I thought I’d be surprised if we didn’t win by 30 – we had a visible manpower advantage.  Next year the Prowlers will drop down a class to AA.]

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[Besides they had a long road trip to get here.  I believe Alexandria is closer to San Francisco than it is to Thief River Falls.]

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[Spencer Hockert launches a ‘3’.  He had a slow start early – we need him on his ‘A’ the rest of the way.]

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[This was pretty much the Prowler view throughout the game.  The first ball handler would be trapped immediately – here by Spencer and Jake Drew (33).]

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[To the Prowlers credit, they handled our pressure very well in the 2nd half.]

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[A lot of Cardinal points in the first half came from jumping the pass and going the length of the court for lay-ups.]

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[Where’s the ball??]

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[Jake had 9 points in the game – all in the first half – all on free throws.  He was 9 for 12 from the line, which is just fine.  He’s a beast on the offensive boards, and he kept getting fouled doing it.]

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[The guy in the background holding up the door is the father of two Cardinal athlete alums who are now starring for the Gophers because they can go from point A to point B faster than most folks.]

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[Jake and Jaran coming off a trap.]

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[Robert Anderson (3) at the foul line.]

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[The Cards weren’t doing much . . . ]

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[Too many unforced turnovers and cold shooting . . . ]

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[And then we got notice of what was to happen the rest of the game.  Spencer on a steal took off on a 2-on-1 break with Justin Balcome (43).  He fed Justin about the free throw who continued on for a one-handed stuff.  The crowd went wild.]

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[There’s Jake again.]

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[And the Cards on D again.]

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[Although not here, the Prowlers kept in touch with good 3-point shooting in the 1st half.]

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[Yup, Jake again.]

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[In the 2nd half, the Cards started to find their shooting touches.  Here’s Jaran at the line.]

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[Spencer made a couple of ‘3’s’ from that corner.]

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[And “The Boys” were on hand again.]

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[I talked to Jaran.  I think we’ve got it.]

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[But then there’s got to be a little little boy roughhousing.]

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[That was Justin’s 2nd stuff!  It was somewhere in this half where I stopped being a cub reporter and just watched young Mr. Bascome’s coming-out party.  It was his game.  He finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 4 for 6 on 3’s, and showed he could get out and run with the guards.  If he can continue this kind of play through the tournament . . . well?]

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[The JV guys did a good job finishing off the game.  Cameron Rice (21) here.]

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[Bemidji is next in the section semifinals in Moorhead.]

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If you are going to take it to the bank, then you better cash it in.  ~  Shannon Fish

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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