Wayzata Wins Big Schools State Boys Basketball Title
The Wayzata Trojans defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 75-61 in the final boys high school basketball game of the COVID 2021 basketball season. The Trojans had a 35-28 lead at halftime in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Wayzata was very balanced offensively with four players notching double digit points. Junior, 5'11 Drew Berkland led the way with 19 points. Junior 6'6 Camden Heide had 17 points, 10 rebounds. Senior, 6'1 Eddie Beeninga 16 points. Senior, 6'1 Kody Williams 11 points, 7 assists.
Junior, 6'3 Tre Holloman led the Raiders with 20 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds. Senior, 5'10 Marselio Mendez chipped in 14 points.
The Trojans shot 54 percent from the field including 10 of 23 (43.5%) from three point range. Cretin-Derham Hall finished 37 percent from the field, 6 of 19 (31.6%) from behind the three point line.
The Raiders were 19 of 24 (79.2%) from the free throw line while Wayzata was 7 of 13 (53.8%).
The Trojans outscored the Raiders 38-20 in the paint and had a 14-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
It was Wayzata's first boys basketball title since 1959.
The Minnesota State High School League noted for the first time in boys basketball state tournament history, an all-African American crew officiated a championship game.
Working the historic game were Craig Laird of Apple Valley, Ricky Spencer of Brooklyn Park and Lamar Sullivan of Minneapolis.
Prior to the Class AAAA title game a moment of silence was observed in memory of longtime state officials' clinician Jimmy Robinson who passed away in December.
It just wasn't the same not seeing him at the scorer's table during State Tournament games, but no bands with their energetic sounds was also a casualty of COVID-19.
I feel ancient when I see this. What are your thoughts?
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