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Park Center pulls away from Maple Grove

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 02/24/22, 6:00PM CST


The Pirates were losing at halftime, but Braeden Carrington exploded in the second half to defeat the Crimson.

Senior guard Braeden Carrington of Park Center tallied 23 points Thursday night as the Pirates defeat conference rival Crimson 70-57. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Maple Grove has gained a reputation this season for giving some of the top teams in the state trouble. Last week it defeated No. 2-4A Shakopee 71-70. At the end of January they battled with No. 2-3A Totino-Grace on the road and lost by six points. 

“Maple Grove has kind of been something we would describe as giant killers,” Park Center head coach James Ware said. 

The Crimson (12-12, 11-6) had another opportunity at a big upset tonight as they hosted No. 1-4A Park Center. And they looked up for it, but Park Center pulled away in the second half to win 70-57 Thursday night.

Senior guard Leo Torbor gets the slam dunk late in the game Thursday night. Torbor had 21 points on the night as Park Center defeats Maple Grove 70-57 at Maple Grove high school. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First Report

Park Center relied on a strong second-half performance to win 70-57 over Maple Grove on Thursday night. 

The Pirates (23-1, 16-1) started the game on a 7-0 run, but the Crimson (12-12, 11-6) battled back to lead into the break up 31-28. Ashton Keomysy and Jon Haakenson combined for 17 first half points for the Crimson. 

The Pirates took control in the second half. More specifically, Braeden Carrington took over in the second half. He scored 17 second-half points to finish with a game-high 23. His backcourt partner Leo Torbor added 21 points and five rebounds. 

Haakenson led the Crimson in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 16 points and five boards. James Spencer, despite limited minutes because of foul trouble, had a game-high 10 rebounds and added nine points.

Senior guard Jon Haakenson of the Crimson looks for a way around Pirates guard Leo Torbor in the second half Thursday night. Haakenson had a team-high 16 points as the Crimson falls to the Pirates 70-57. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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