Apple Valley coach Zach Goring (center) goes through the game plan during a timeout in the Eagles' 83-69 victory over DeLaSalle in the Breakdown Sports Tip Off Classic at Hopkins High School Dec. 13. Photo by Brian Nelson
This time of the year brings the season of giving, and the Granite City Classic is no exception. The Dec. 26-27 showcase in St. Cloud offers basketball fans some exciting matchups, none better than the showdown between Apple Valley and Champlin Park -- our Top Game of the Week.
Apple Valley and Champlin Park are the top two teams in the Minnesota Basketball News state Class 4A rankings. Both teams are off to hot starts and followed similar roads to this big game.
Top-ranked Apple Valley (8-0) won every game decisively, except for a 70-65 victory over Waukee, Iowa, on Dec. 6 and an 83-69 victory over No.1-3A De La Salle on Dec. 13.
Second-ranked Champlin Park (9-0) also cruised in all but two games, as the Rebels recorded a 90-86 victory at Hopkins on Nov. 29 and a 65-62 victory at Cretin-Derham Hall on Dec. 13.
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