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Tip Off Classic recap: Minnetonka vs. Robbinsdale Cooper

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA, 12/08/12, 11:45PM CST


Skippers cap home Tip Off Classic with victory

One of the benefits of being the home team at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic is that you get to cap a great day of basketball with a game in front of your home fans. The only pitfall? It could start as late as 9:30 p.m.

Minnetonka certainly got started late, but when the Skippers and their fans revved their engines in the second half, they put away Robbinsdale Cooper. The Skippers surged past Cooper, 79-71 behind big second halves from Riley Dearring (16 of his 23 points) and Bremiah Snyder (10 of his 16 points).

Leading just 58-53 with about seven minutes left -- and the home crowd getting sleepy well past bed time -- Mike Fernando brought everyone to their feet with a thunderous alley-oop dunk. It sparked a 16-6 run that effectively put the game away.

Lavar McCullough tried to bring the Hawks back, pouring in a game-high 26 points, but Cooper could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.

Rashad Vaughn added 15 points for the Hawks.


Score by half: Minnetonka 41-38--79, Robbinsdale Cooper 36-35--71

Minnetonka: Dearring 23, Snyder 16, Grosz 11, Moes 9, Kellogg 6, Taylor 3, Bonnette 1.

Robbinsdale Cooper: McCullough 26, Vaughn 15, Kellogg 10, Denson 9, Carson 5, Johnson 4, Taylor 2.

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