Cretin-Derham Hall's J'Vonne Hadley (2) looks for a passing lane against Totino-Grace Saturday night. Hadley had 23 points in the Raiders’ 64-54 victory over the Eagles at the University of St. Thomas. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Cretin-Derham Hall got punched in the mouth on Friday night, losing 83-74 to Wayzata after it had won seven consecutive games.
"After the game, we got together as a team and we also talked about it on social media," said Raiders senior forward J'Vonne Hadley. "We talked about how we have to forget about it. It's one loss, and it won't define our season, so we talked about coming out and playing hard today so we didn't lose another one."
Consider it a lesson learned.
The Raiders, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, rebounded from Friday’s defeat to knock off Totino-Grace 64-54 at the University of St. Thomas Classic played at Schoenecker Arena Saturday.
Hadley scored a game-high 23 points, including 13 in the first half. Teammate Tre Holloman, a sophomore, scored 12 points, and senior Curtis Jones added 11 for the Raiders.
Freshmen C.J. O'Hara and Taison Chatman each recorded 13 points to lead No. 4-3A Totino-Grace, while Joe Alt added 11 points.
Cretin-Derham Hall coach Jerry Kline Jr. said his team benefited from having to play another game less than 24 hours after losing to Wayzata.
"When you play back-to-back games, you can't dwell on a loss — you have to get ready for the next game," he said. "But we'll learn a lot from the Wayzata game. The open looks we gave up hurt us; we have to do better defensively, because our mistakes hurt us."
Cretin-Derham Hall's Tre Holloman (5) dashes down the lane against Totino-Grace Saturday night. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 64-54 at the University of St. Thomas. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
J'Vonne Hadley scored 23 points, including 13 in the first half, to lead Cretin-Derham Hall to a 64-54 victory over Totino-Grace in the University of St. Thomas Classic played at Schoenecker Arena Saturday.
The Raiders, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, jumped to an early 10-2 lead and were in control from there.
Cretin-Derham Hall's fast start included an early 16-3 lead that ballooned to 21-5 with 5:58 left in the first half. The Eagles (5-3, 1-0) eventually cut the deficit to 28-21 before the Raiders (8-2, 3-0) took a 33-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Cretin-Derham Hall then outscored No. 4-3A Totino-Grace 13-2 in the first seven minutes of the second half to build a 46-25 advantage. Totino-Grace managed to trim the margin to 58-49 with 3:31 but came no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The Raiders' Tre Holloman and Curtis Jones backed Hadley with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
C.J. O'Hara and Taison Chatman each scored 13 points, while Joe Alt added 11 for Totino-Grace.
Totino-Grace's CJ O'Hara (4) drives for a layup against Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday night. The Eagles fell to the Raiders 64-54 at the University of St. Thomas. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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