Holy Family Catholic's Kole Hanson (5) looks to get a shot off through the arms of defender Zashon Rich in the first half. Hanson scored a game-high 29 points helping the Fire to a 75-63 win over Minneapolis North. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
The emotions ran high all game long at Si Melby Hall on Friday night. Going into the Class 2A, Section 5 final, the matchup of Holy Family Catholic and Minneapolis North promised fast offense and aggressive defending. Despite starting the night on the back foot, the Fire showed their grit, winning 75-63.
“We’ve been preaching since day one, it’s going to take an emotionally tough team to get through our section and they showed it tonight,” said Fire coach Joe Burger.
Passion from both teams determined the pace of the game all night. And that pace was on one setting—lightning quick. Both teams ran the break early and often, which led to a 41-31 score line at halftime in favor of the Fire. Despite this, it was the Polars who determined the tempo early.
The combination of senior Larry Perkins and junior Zashon Rich was a dangerous one, especially in the first half. The two forwards got the Minneapolis North crowd buzzing early with some high-flying dunks and open threes on the break. Perkins would finish the game with a team-high 18 points, while Rich put up 15 of his own.
The matchup between Holy Family Catholic and Minneapolis North promised to be a fiery matchup between two teams that love to push the pace. Spectators got that and more at Si Melby Hall on Friday night as the Fire won 75-63.
The Fire were not afraid to run the break, and it was to the benefit of junior Kole Hanson. The guard was on target throughout the night, and his hot shooting led him to finish with a game-high 29 points. His scoring certainly helped the Fire (27-2) at an important time, when leading scorer Boden Kapke fouled out with over eight minutes left in the game.
The Polars found some form in the second half, even pulling the score back to even with minutes to play. But their lack of three-point shooting and fouls added up, and the Polars (21-9) couldn’t overcome their mistakes despite some hot offense.
The Fire have clinched the Class 2A, Section 5 title as they head on to the state tournament.
The MN Basketball Hub poll is for entertainment purposes only.