Taison Chatman is fouled as he drives past Mahtomedi defenders Tom Holley (left) and Will Underwood (right) in the first half of a Class 3A Section 4 championship game. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
It has been a section tournament of dominance for defending Class 3A state champion Totino-Grace.
On Thursday, it wrapped up a second consecutive Class 3A, Section 4 title with a dominant 77-46 win against Mahtomedi in Stillwater. The Eagles (21-8) flew through the first two rounds of the tournament, defeating Hill-Murray and Columbia Heights by margins of at least 23 points.
A strong defensive game plan helped in the title game Thursday, with the Eagles keying on the Zephyrs’ top scorers. It helped them jump out on a 13-1 run to start the game.
“We went out there, we focused on defense and we let the offense come to us,” said Tommy Humphries, who scored 11 points in the first half and 14 in the game.
Jayden Livingston (2) prepared to go up for a layup after taking a pass over Mahtomedi's Will Underwood in the second half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
A suffocating defense propelled Totino-Grace to a one-sided 77-46 win over Mahtomedi in the Class 4A, Section 3 championship at Stillwater on Thursday.
The Eagles jumped out to a 13-1 lead hardly 4 minutes into the section title game. Then the defending Class 3A state champions proceeded to a 39-14 lead at halftime and forced running time in the second half.
Tyler Wagner and Patrick Bath each scored 15 points to lead the Eagles’ offense. Tommy Humphries added 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half.
Mahtomedi’s offensive leader came from Owen Carlson who tallied 16 points.
Mahtomedi's Owen Carlson twists his way around Totino-Grace defender Tyler Wagner. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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