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Hot takes: Best team, best show

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 01/05/20, 7:15AM CST


Minnehaha Academy upends California power Sierra Canyon, and fans and experts offer rave reviews.

Minnehaha guard Prince Aligbe (10) leapt to grab a rebound as Sierra Canyon forward Terren Frank (15) tried to get his hand on it in the first half. Photo: Anthony Souffle * anthony.souffle@startribune.com

About two-thirds of the way through the second half of Minnehaha Academy’s convincing 78-58 victory over Sierra Canyon (Calif.) at a packed Target Center, Redhawks athletic director Josh Thurow leaned down press row.

“This is the best team in state history now,” Thurow said, referencing a designation made about the team before the season. “Maybe we weren’t at the start of the season, but we are now.”

The attendees Saturday — the crowd was announced as 17,378 — saw the Redhawks fall behind the Trailblazers early but rally behind an effective 2-3 zone defense and a refocused offense.

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