Chaska's Cole Nicholson (23) went between Miles Harrell (14) and Jacob Hutson on his way to two of his game-high 31 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Cole Nicholson drove past Edina forward Charlie Haff. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Edina's Jacob Hutson (50) tipped a loose ball away from Chaska's Cole Nicholson. Hutson led Edina with 29 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Chaska (5-4) outlasted Edina (4-4) 72-67 in the Eden Prairie Holiday Tournament Friday.
The Hawks, ranked No. 9 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, made the first shot of the game — a 3-pointer — and never relinquished the lead.
Chaska senior Cole Nicholson, who came into the contest averaging 19.2 points per game this season, led all scorers with 31 points on 17 shots, while adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nicholson put up 18 points in the first half.
The No. 10-4A Hornets played their second straight game without leading scorer Jack Middleton (26 ppg), shifting the scoring responsibility onto Jacob Hutson, who came into Friday averaging 20.9 points. After being held to nine first-half points, Hutson scored 20 in the second half to finish with 29, including 13 from the free-throw line.
It’s the first win for the Hawks against a ranked opponent this year; they were 0-3 heading into Friday.
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