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|How to Win Sections and Get to State|
| 9th Grade Team Wins RYBA Tournament|
|Roseville Ends Regular Season with Loss to Cretin|
|Raiders Get 4th Seed & Home Game in Sections|
| Woodbury Injured, Roseville Limps|
| Raiders Defeat Forest Lake |
| Raptors top Raiders in Entertaining Game|
|Roseville Loses to East Ridge but Defeats Hastings|
| Roseville Defeats Washburn in a Close Contest|
| Raiders Snap Slump, Defeat Park|
| Raider Woes Continue Against Stillwater|
|White Bear Lake Extends Raiders' Slump|
| Roseville Falls to Mounds View|
| Cretin Beats Roseville, Neumann Stars|
| Roseville Holds on to Beat Woodbury by BcJ|
| Minnetonka Beats Raiders by 2|
| Raiders Win at Forest Lake|
| Roseville Defeats Hastings on Alumni Night|
|Raiders Fall to Rebels in St Cloud|
|Apple Valley, Tyus Jones Defeat the Raiders|
|Raiders Win Big at Park|
| Roseville Whips the Ponies in Stillwater by BcJ|
In case you missed it, the Atlanta Hawks purchased Mike Muscala's contract from the Spain League team that Mike had been playing on, and brought him stateside to bolster their front court, somewhat depleted through injury.
Mike made his NBA debut on Sunday night March 2nd, in the Hawks 129-120 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Mike had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in his 19 minutes of playing time.
Congratulations, Mike! It is the first NBA appearance for a graduate of RAHS and for an alumnus of Roseville Youth Basketball (RYBA).
On yet another bitterly cold night in Roseville, the boys basketball season came to an early end, with a loss to the Stillwater Ponies in the Section Quarterfinals.
Roseville was facing an opponent that has been able to handle Roseville the last two years by owning the space around the basket - rebounding, blocking shots, and scoring at the rim.
It is the middle of those three skills that has most effected Roseville. The Raider team has reacted to the blocked shots by conceding the interior to Stillwater and concentrating on beating them long range. Stillwater only tallied 3 blocked shots in this game, but they were early and convinced Roseville to abandon attacking the basket and to focus on long and mid range jumpers. To be fair, the total blocks of 3 may be artificially low for the lack of opportunity.
In an earlier column, we exhorted the Raiders to pay more focus to defense to balance out their game approach. And the Raiders clearly responded. The Raiders forced Stillwater into 20 turnovers (to only 6 for Roseville) for the game and pestered the Ponies into 31% shooting from the field. Those impressive defensive stats would suggest a more favorable outcome than the loss suffered by Roseville.
And before leaving this point, kudos to the team for picking up its defensive intensity. By and large, the players played up to their current defensive potential. The trapping was as effective as it has been all season, as was the pressure on the ball. Only at one point, later in the game, did the defense falter, although as we will state, it was a critical failure. But first the story of the game.
To start off, the Raiders were playing without Jesper Horsted who led the team in both scoring and rebounds. Considering the nature of the match up with Stillwater, the absence of his inside presence had the potential to loom large. Horsted had been effective in the regular season split with Stillwater and has the athleticism, size and quickness to offset the size and athleticism of Stillwater's Matt Anderson.
Whether it was a reflection of the weather, or nerves associated with the importance of the game, both teams were ice cold in the early going. Roseville was missing from outside, and when they brought the ball inside, it seemed the focus was more on avoiding the negative - a blocked shot - than on creating a positive - scoring the hoop. Stillwater was equally cold - credit the upgraded defensive pressure of the Raiders. But the Ponies were more patient about working to get the ball close to the hoop, and that paid off two ways.
The short range shots led to shorter rebounds and gave Stillwater's interior players an opportunity for rebounds and second chance points. All of Stillwater's points, except for 3, were scored either from in the paint or from the free throw line. And that's the second way in which Stillwater's approach succeeded.
Interior play that attacks the hoop results in more fouls and more opportunities to score 'easy' points. For the game, Stillwaters 9 point victory was made possible by them outscoring Roseville by 14 points from the charity stripe. Stillwater was 25 for 32, while Roseville as 9 for 14 from the line.
In the game, again characterized by increased defensive intensity by Roseville, abandonment of the interior game by Roseville, and an emerging commitment to getting the ball close to the hole on the part of Stillwater, Stillwater eked out a paltry 23-18 halftime lead.
In the first half the two ice cold teams shot a combined 1 for 18 from three point range, Roseville being 0 for 10 and Stillwater being 1 for 8. It was reasonable to expect that both teams would work to attack the basket and minimize the long range shots in the second half. That didn't prove true.
Roseville's abandonment of the interior and reliance on the three point shot continued into the second half. Einstein was again proven a genius with this famous challenge to doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Roseville shot 10 three pointers in the second half, and again missed all ten leaving them 0 for 20 for the game and having an easy candidate for the post-mortem search for what went wrong.
In the second half, Roseville did continue to play good defense, and got some easy buckets off of forced turnovers. But Stillwater committed to getting the ball inside, put up only 4 three pointers in the second half (and went 0-4, leaving the teams an incredible 1-32 for the game from three point range), and did just enough to secure the victory.
The deal was effectively sealed by a small but meaningful run that Stillwater went on in the latter stages of the the second half. The run of baskets, that all ended with shots at the rim, gave Stillwater a quick accumulation of points that proved to be a sufficient cushion for the game. The run was fueled by Matt Anderson who warmed up as the game progressed. Anderson ended up the game's leading scorer with 19 points. The need to foul and a few more wayward threes at end-game by Roseville opened up a very tight game to a larger margin of victory for Stillwater.
It was all in all a very weird game. Certainly Horsted was missed. And the interior issues we've had with half court oriented Stillwater quickly rose to the surface and impacted the game. But Roseville played perhaps its best defensive game of the season, but was unrewarded because the strength of its game abandoned them, that being offense.
Going into the game Rosevilles three point shooting percentage was above the 33% threshold that is generally accepted as the line of demarcation for effective three point shooting. And confidence in that strength may have sunk the Raiders; for rather than abandoning that approach, they put up another 10 attempts in the second half with nothing to show for it. It was terrible timing for an 0 for 20 performance from three. And all that outside shooting kept them from getting to the line and possibly getting Stillwater's effective bigs into foul trouble.
There is a great irony buried in all this. Roseville was on its way to setting a school record for average points scored per game this season, averaging a whopping 74.4 points per game going into this game. The 47 points scored in this game, pulled their season average down to 76.1, leaving them behind last year's team that tallied 76.7 points per game. They would have needed to score 16 more points in this game to set the record.
But the unkindest irony is that this team that went 0 for 20 from three on the worst possible night for it, did set a new record for the school as the most accurate shooting team in school history. Its 43.5% shooting accuracy for two point and three point attempts combined breaks the old record by a full percentage point. God has a sense of humor!
Finally, before closing, I'd like to throw out a few bouquets. First one goes to Jake Geyen whose mid range jump shot kept Roseville in the game offensively; Jake ended with 17 points. Second bouquet goes out to Kobe Critchley who left it all on the court, contributing 10 points and taking defensive leadership in leading the team with 7 steals and 12 deflections and tying for the team lead with 7 rebounds. Final bouquet goes out to the whole team, for collectively being responsible on defense and giving the team a great chance to win - if only its offensive prowess had not abandoned them in a most frustrating and unlikely scenario.
On the eve of Section playoffs, let's address a simple but important question: How do the Roseville Raiders make it to the State Tournament?
Short Answer: Play Defense
Long Answer: OK, let me make the case for the short answer.
Exhibit A: Let's take a look of the statistics of this year's squad through twenty four games, and compare them with last years 22-6 team through the same number of games.
During Ted Critchley's tenure as head coach, offense has never been an issue. And that holds true in spades for this years team, that is on pace to set a school record for Points Scored! All of the offensive statistics for this year are up from last year except free throw percentage (it translates into only 35 lost points) and turnovers (and that is the one offensive stat that you want to see a year to year reduction in!).
On the defensive side, it is a different story. Personal fouls are up 10%. This is another stat that you'd like to see decline year to year. Some of the increase may be refs calling the games tighter this year, but the bigger contributors are players playing defense with their hands and not their feet, and fouls committed from being out of position and trying to recover back into the play.
Blocks are down 40%. OK, Jordan Burich graduated. Last year's stat for blocked shots is an anomaly.
Now we get down to the heart of the matter and the correctable issues. Raider players: fix these to punch your ticket to State.
A decline in rebounds is one of those clear indicators of a commitment to offense at the expense of defense. First off let's dismiss the obvious rebuttal about rebound totals, again the Jordan Burich factor. Last year through our data set of twenty four games, Burich had 261 rebounds, a great total. This year, through the same number of games, Jesper Horsted totaled 263 rebounds. That's a wash. Last year's team was small. This year's team is big. Last year's second leading rebounder was the point guard. The rebounding bar was not set very high for this year's team, but rather than a vault over it, they've done the limbo rock! We'll come back to this point when we get to the summary.
In bringing up the decline in steals last, I open myself up to accusations of burying the lead. Year to year, this team has lost more than a third of its team steals. Last year's steal leader is still on the team this year. Last year, steals were distributed with five players totaling at least 39 steals on the season. This year only one player has as many as 39 steals, that is last year's steal leader. No one else is even knocking on the door. Again, I make the point here, I'll talk to it in the summary.
If any player has read this far and is bummed, that's not the intent here. Remember you are a member of the best offensive team in RAHS history, and we are working here to figure out how to get you to State. Albert Einstein would call it insanity to do just what you've been doing, and expect a different result.
Exhibits B & C: Well I think I've mauled the horse, but I'm not sure that it is dead, so let me put up two more bits of data. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury immediately below is a listing of the 10 teams in AAAA that have given up the most points per game this season. And below that is a comparison of points scored and points allowed per game by the last four Raider teams.
It is a telling statistic that of the ten teams that have given up the most points per game this season in AAAA, none of them have a winnning record. The fact that Roseville has managed to avoid a losing season points up their offensive prowess.
And there is hope, Stillwater gives up 71 points per game, and Woodbury gives up 70. Only Mounds View, in our Section, does well holding opponents to 62 points per game.
When you look at the table to the left, you might be reminded of the Sesame Street bit, "Three of these things are kinda the same ...". See if you can spot the outlier!
OK! I think the horse is dead, and I can stop kicking.
Summation to the Jury: So now that we know the problem is defense, and it undercuts the record setting offensive performance of this year's team, what can be done in the short time leading up to Sections?
Defense is a combination of individual commitment, individual athleticism, team trust, and effort.
Individual commitment and effort are probably where there is the most to be gained short term. Certainly the team's athleticism is there. And team trust is about believing everyone both knows what to do and can be counted on to do it. If you're not there now, you probably won't be there by Sections tip off. So we'll look at commitment and effort.
A new common phrase in basketball is 'the 50/50 balls'. Those are loose balls, rebounds, any ball where both teams have an equal chance of securing the ball. Defense is about regaining possession of the ball without your opponent scoring. Getting on the floor for loose balls, crashing the boards for rebounds those are the things that can be added to the game, just by making them important. Win that battle, and likely win the war.
We talked about rebounds and the fall off this year. Part of that is effort and awareness. But some of it comes from the two edge sword of talented bigs. Both Derek Magnuson and Jake Geyen are effective three point shooters. And that ability has contributed to the impressive offensive totals for the year. But when they are out shooting threes, who's rebounding? Yeah, Jesper for sure, but one man does not a rebounding juggernaut make. The bigs need to crash the boards when shots go up, and if they find themselves on the perimeter when the shot goes up, they have to assume it will miss and high tail it into rebounding position. Not optional! Not sometimes! Every time! For the team's sake. Fail to make this adjustment, and the bus to State leaves without us.
And it is not just the bigs. Last year the number two rebounder was the point guard, and the number three rebounder was the shooting guard. So you smalls, you're in this too. You must make sure someone is defending the point, and all the rest of you also crash the boards. And if the other team is lucky enough to get a defensive rebound, one Raider closely guard them without fouling to buy time for your teammates to get back on defense, and the rest of the team SPRINT back on defense. Effort, baby!
The other big fall off this year was steals. That is a combo of knowledge and commitment. The 'press' of full court press is short for pressure. Again, you need to know your role in the press, or you will be late to your spot and the hole in the defense will be a pressure release for the other team. And of course, if you are letting the rest of the team take care of applying the pressure, well, rest assured there is no room on the bus to State for free riders.
Steals are really a result of overall intensity and making your opponent, especially the guy you're guarding, uncomfortable. To do this, you have to do something that is very difficult for teenaged boys, BE ANNOYING. When you sit four feet off your defender, he gets to comfortably survey the floor looking for one of his teammates who has gained a positional advantage. Make your guy think about you, rather than surveying the floor! Put pressure on the ball, and they will give up the ball a lot more often than they are now. You've been in those games, where nobody on the opposition wants the ball. That's the goal, make the ball a hot potato for them.
The thing about defense is that it is all work. It is no show. Don't show us how hard you are trying to fight through the screen. Just fight through the screen. Do it for your teammates. Do it go get them all a seat on the bus.
And one last piece of generosity that you might conjure up, is to understand how hard the point guard has to work on offense. Take the more difficult defensive assignment yourself, so that he doesn't have to work equally hard on defense. He cannot take defense off, he cannot sag too much off of his man. But not all opponents are created equal. Let the point cover the man that is least likely to wear him down. You need him running the offense to continue your record setting ways.
Finally, when you feel yourself tiring because you are working harder on defense than you ever have in your life, tug your jersey and ask for a breather. In Sections you'll have a full bench and there are a lot of guys who can give a few effective minutes and give any of the varsity players a breather. And those subs can be effective, if they too commit themselves to out-efforting the opponent, and using defense to win a Section Championship.
So forget who's watching. Forget who's injured and not available. Forget all of the negative thoughts accumulated during the second half of the season. Encourage each other, and demand of each other that you outwork the other team, by far.
Defensive effort is contagious. So step up. Slap the floor. I'm looking forward to seeing who emerges as the defensive leaders in Sections.
There is no more talented team in the Section playoffs than Roseville. There are several teams that have worked harder on D, and ended up with better records and higher seeds. But the talent is here. If the defensive effort is also here to make good use of that talent, this year's team might just accomplish something that the excellent teams of the last three years were unable to do. They might just find themselves on a bus.
Congratulations to RAHS' 9th Grade Team which participated in the RYBA 9th grade tournament over the weekend and walked away with the hardware!
"A Tale of Two Halves"! That's the story of Roseville's game against Cretin on Senior Night in Roseville. It was a whale of a first half, in which Cretin couldn't miss and Roseville wouldn't blink. Then came the second half where the quality of our play rhymes with the Dicken's title that we've coopted here! Yes, it was the best of halves, and then, it was the worst of halves.
The first half opened with Roseville-killer Sam Nuemann hitting a long three, popping the cork on a robustly entertaining half of basketball. For the second game in a row, the referees graciously let the game get into flow, calling fouls only when the severity of contact required them to.
It was Senior Night and senior forward Lance Gardner showed early that he wanted to go out in style. His early scoring was done with a fire that had been observed only occasionally during the season. And Gardner's strong play was going to be required, as a highlight moment for Roseville ended up costing quite a bit.
The early back and forth between the two sets of Raiders was done at breakneck speed, and as stated earlier, when Cretin pulled up for a jumper in the first half, the shot went in. Roseville was matching them with an up tempo game, some break away layups and a commitment to attacking before the defense could get set. During the early going, Cretin was on a break, and Neumann was attacking the basket, but Rosevile forward Jesper Horsted skyed to reject Neumann's shot to the delight of the home crowd. But Horsted came down and twisted his ankle on landing, and left the game never to return.
Any Roseville fan, thinking back a game, who was hoping Roseville would then go on an 18-0 run, may have been disappointed that the run didn't materialize. But all Roseville fans had to be happy with the quality of play their team was displaying in the first half. And after the dazzling display of outside shooting had given Cretin a sizable first half lead, Roseville's team play brought them all the way back with a chance to tie the game at the end of the first half. A missed shot and a long rebound, instead, gave Cretin a chance to stretch it's halftime lead to four, and Cretin capitalized.
The common thought at halftime was that to be only down by 4 with the way that Cretin was hitting from outside in the half augured well for Roseville's chances. The concern was that the conversations sounded eerily similar to those at halftime of the Woodbury game.
The good news is that the second half did not play out like the second half at Woodbury. The bad news is that the Raiders played eight minutes of quality basketball at Woodbury before going in the tank.
It was a flat performance by Roseville in the second half. The team looked out of sorts from the start. Roseville only scored eight buckets in the second half; it took successful free throws to get to their second half total of 27 points.
Cretin moved the ball well, and Cretin was again converting on the open looks. Roseville was wearing itself out chasing the ball. On Roseville's side, early struggles resulted in a double digit Cretin lead, and individual players tried put the team on their back and get back in the game, pulling the Raiders out of a team attack mode. The way the second half, and the game itself, played out was a microcosm of the season.
In the first half of the season, Roseville went 8-5. The team played well but faced a tough challenge. In each of the first four losses, Roseville lost to a team that was rated in the top five in state. It's close home loss to ranked Minnetonka closed out the first half of the season. Roseville found itself a little bit in arrears at the halfway mark, but had demonstrated a level of talent and overall play that still had it in discussions as one of the teams to watch as the season entered the second half.
In the second half of the season, as in the second half of the Cretin game, when they found themselves in trouble, individual players tried to carry the team. The irony is that this laudable intention most often resulted in the unraveling of team play and the team's performance on both offense and defense became static. The second half of the season was the unfortunate mirror image of the first, flipped to 5-8. In the end it was a 'kiss your sister' season.
Back to the Cretin game, there were as always with this talented team notable achievements. Lance Gardner's 18 points helped to fill the scoring gap created by Horsted's absence. And Derek Magnuson contributed 12 rebounds alongside his 11 points to record his fourth double-double of the season. Kobe Critchely led Roseville scoring with 22 points and rounded out a balanced stat line with 6 rebounds (second highest for the team), 5 assists and 3 steals.
As Roseville enters Section play, will it be the first half team that defeated Stillwater, Woodbury and Mounds View - their likely Sections opponents, or the second half team that lost to all three that shows up on the bigger stage? All of those of us who pull for the team are clearly hoping for the former!
Go Raiders! Good luck in Sections.
Roseville Seeded #4
Gets Home Game in First Round
Seedings for the Section Playoffs that begin Wednesday night, Feb 26th have been set. Roseville received the 4th seed which gives it a home game in the first round. They will face number 5 seed, Stillwater at 7pm at RAHS. The winner of that game will advance to the Semifinals at East Ridge on Saturday March 1st. The final Championship game will be played Wednesday night March 5th at East Ridge.
The overall seeding of Section 4AAAA is as follows:
#1 Woodbury vs. #8 North St Paul
#2 Mounds View vs. #7 Mahtomedi
#3 Tartan vs. #6 White Bear Lake
#4 Rosevile vs. #5 Stillwater
All first round games will be played at the same time on Wednesday night, in the gym of the higher seed of each contest.
Late in the basketball game, which had been exhilarating up to that point, a star player was injured and left the game. From that point on, it was a blow out, ironically.
Roseville has been playing good basketball of late, having won four of their last six. Even in their most recent defeat, a two point loss to East Ridge, they had played with good intensity and pace. The natural and developed talent of the team was rising to the surface, the ball was being shared, and optimism was creeping back into the thinking of fans looking forward to Section playoffs.
The momentum and confidence cultivated during that stretch of games was put to the test in the first half of the Raiders' matchup against the Royals on Senior Night in Woodbury. Woodbury honored the 11 seniors on their squad prior to the game.
Woodbury has made it to the State Playoffs the last two years, and these eleven seniors are fighting to go out in style. Though sitting in third place in the Suburban East Conference with no chance of overtaking the leaders, Woodbury does sit at the top of the seeding charts for Section 4AAAA, and had helped that cause by knocking off SEC leader Cretin last Friday.
Roseville's strategy in this game was clear from the outset, stop Woodbury star Matt Ambriz and make someone else beat you. Shifting between a variety of defenses, prominently a 1-3-1 and a box-and-one, the goal was to prioritize denying the sharpshooter Ambriz clear looks at the basket.
The game was engaged at a breakneck pace, and uncharacteristic of this year's frustrating refereeing, this game's refs were letting the boys play. After early skirmishing, with Ambriz being successfully contained, the rest of the Woodbury team picked up the slack and started connecting on threes. Sizzling hot from long distance, the Royals opened up a 10 point lead and Roseville took time out to regroup.
When an individual player gets into a zone, it can last the whole game (cf. Sam Neumann). When a team rides the hot streak together, you feel it can't last, that they'll all come back to earth together and that was eventually the case. In the latter stages of the first half, Woodbury cooled off, and the Roseville team that had persisted and kept competing, working to make something good happen, found themselves down by only six at halftime. It felt as though Roseville had weathered the storm.
The spirit in the gym had been electric in the first half. The players on both sides had been aggressive in attacking the basket. Coaches on both benches were shouting instructions, clearly focused on the action on the court and committed to winning the game. The fans were boisterous in support of their teams. It was a half of well fought, highly competitive high school basketball. It made a strong case for the loosening of the whistle happy constriction that has been imposed on the game this season, and a reminder that it is all about letting boys 'play'.
The second half opened well for Roseville. Quickly scoring the first five points of the half, Roseville pulled within one. Abriz was still in check, although he was starting to get some better looks at the basket. No one believed that the shooting streak that Woodbury rode in the first half was going to recur. The excitement in the Woodbury bandbox was at a fever pitch. The teams volleyed points back and forth until Roseville hit a three pointer to knot the game at 63 all. New game, with momentum clearly on Roseville's side.
On their next possession, Woodbury pushed the ball up court, and Ambriz went hard to the hole, slicing through two Roseville defenders, and made an awkward shot. He came down hard, injuring himself in what appeared to be an ankle sprain. As time passed while they attended to the Woodbury star on the court, conventional wisdom held that the unfortunate accident had created an golden opportunity for Roseville.
After a few minutes, as Ambriz was treated and helped off the court, played resumed. One team continued its aggressive play. The other team regressed, looked confused and dazed. It stopped moving the ball, and rushed shots. It failed to play effective interior defense. It turned the ball over. And all this led to an 18-0 run. The anticipated Raider advantage had been turned upside down, and Woodbury enjoyed an 81-63 lead, until the bleeding was finally stopped by a Mitch Poss three.
The last quarter of the game, played out with the outcome clearly understood. Roseville made a few small runs, but never threatened. Woodbury took advantage of desperation time to stretch out the lead again to its eventual margin of 20.
Kudos go out to Woodbury guard Nick Yan who ran the point and kept Woodbury aggressive and focused after the injury to Ambriz. Interior play by Ben Rizzardi (24 pts) and Isaiah Coddon (22 pts) keyed the late run, and made the unlikely second hot streak from outside an unnecessary afterthought. A victory in their visit to White Bear Lake on Friday should assure Woodbury of the top seed in the 4AAAA Section Playoffs. We send out our best wishes that Matt Ambriz's injury is minor, that it allows him to continue his season and finish out his high school career in style.
The Raiders conclude the regular season with a home game against Cretin, on our Senior Night, this coming Friday.
Hi everybody. It was Jam the Gym night, and everybody was there. Everyone that is, except the Wed-dude (He hates when I call him that. He wants to be called the Web Master. He's funny that way). He was busy and couldn't be there so the Backcourt Jester, at your service.
Jimmy Jam made a lot of sweet music, but now he's sold his Minnetonka digs and moved to L.A. But our Gym Jam was all about protecting our home. And we did just that, and made sweet music at the same time.
We were short a man; Jake Geyen was sitting this one out, healing from the Raptor claw wound suffered last game. So Coach Critchley decided to shake up his starting line up. Kyler Briggity moved to sixth man (and instant offense) and Mitch Poss and Quinn Johnson started, bringing more of a defensive sense to the starting five. Guess the plan was to slow down the perimeter scoring that kept Forest Lake in the earlier match up at Forest Lake; Roseville won that one only by 5.
As we did in the last game, we again attacked the zone. And in the first half, we had some good stuff happen, but we were making a lot of turnovers. But Coach Critchley must know something, because we held down their scoring. And that put pressure on them. And so every so often, they had to come out of the zone, and we went on mini-runs. At halftime, we were up by 9.
I don't know what Coach Critchley said at halftime, maybe it was just 'don't make turnovers', but whatever it was the team played really well against the zone after the half. 'Instant Offense' Briggity continued to attacked the zone. He even paid homage to our Scoreboard sponsor, Affinity Plus by hitting a three point bank shot!
But the best of the second half was the ball movement that resulted in a lot of inside shots and lay ups by Jesper Horsted who led all scorers and ended up the night with 24 points.
Oh yeah, and free throw shooting was great. We went to the line 28 times and made 21 of them. Really, we were doing so well from the line, it really gave us a lot of confidence in the stands.
And it was great to have such a great game on Gym Jam night in front of all the youth basketball players and other fans. But now it is important to discuss something really important.
When yours truly covers the game, the Raiders are undefeated. And when the Web Master covers the game, we are less than .500. So we are taking up a collection to send the Web Master to Web Dude school in Jamaica during Section playoffs. If we keep him away for all the Sections, and those games are covered by me, the Backcourt Jester, we go to state. Please send contributions to RBBC - Web Dude to Jamaica Fund, 2234 Oxford St N, Roseville 55113.
So big win on a big night. Let's do it again at Woodbury on Tuesday and home against Cretin on Friday. Go Raiders! BcJ
Oh my. What a game. Ending in defeat was a big disappointment. But our team must be proud of how they played. It probably was the most entertaining game of the year.
The game came down to East Ridge's guard duo of Knupp and Tomes with an assist from 6' 10" junior Freddie Gillespie versus a four pack of Roseville double digit scorers.
It started out well for the Raiders, coming out strong and taking an early 10 point lead. East Ridge clawed their way back into a tie about half way through the first half. Clawed their way back literally, leaving Jake Geyen with a deep gash on his forehead, going all the way to his skull. HEY RAPTORS CUT YOUR NAILS! Hey Mr. Whisler, maybe you should bring this up to the other AD's as a way of aligning with the conference's spirit of sportsmanship!
The first half ended in a tie. The second half played out like a tragicomedy!
The second half opened quite normally, with some up and down action and neither team able to put any distance between them and their opponent. And then, at around the 14 minute mark, everyone went back to kindergarten and it was nap time. Neither team played with any energy, the gym was quiet and listless. It may have felt like nap time, but it was the calm before the storm.
I can't recall what the lightening bolt was. Maybe it was a blocked shot, or maybe it was a flourish of rebounds and put backs. Or maybe it was a hard foul, but in a flash the gym was charged with energy and emotion. Game on.
So we can talk about fouls. The Raiders amassed 16 fouls in the first half. In fact it was points from the charity stripe that helped East Ridge cut the Raiders first half lead. In the second half the fouls were more evenly distributed between the two team. They just weren't distributed between the refs. One ref, literally, had red cheeks from blowing his whistle so much. The other two refs were spending their time trying to control the game and contain the growing emotion on both sides of the gym.
With his red cheeks and his tweet and prance to the table to make the call, this ref resembled Pierrot from Commedia Dell'Arte, Italian Renaissance comedy more than the antagonist in the evening's drama. But he had a serious challenger for the slapstick character of the night.
It started with what is a common event in youth basketball, the scoreboard operator left the clock running during a time out. The gym filled with shouts of "clock" and when the time was reset by the refs, it seemed like a moment of humor, a respite from the increasingly competitive and tense game. But then a score was credited to the wrong team. And then the clock ran into another time out. And then again, the score was awarded to the other team, a coach complained, the scoreboard horn was sounded, a ref blew his whistle, East Ridge scored but it was waved off, and the East Ridge coach blew his stack. At he scorers table, we had a Harlequin to challenge our Pierrot for chuckles.
What was being lost behind the veil of comedy was a highly competitive basketball game. The fouls began to take their toll, but not before one more character tried his hand at comedy. Over the course of one minute of play there was foul Roseville, foul Roseville, foul Roseville, foul Roseville and then foul East Ridge. On the foul call on East Ridge, in response, from the East Ridge stands came the shout, "Let them play!". Pantalone perhaps. But clearly the competition for the evening's comedy crown was as spirited as the basketball.
In the whole of the second half, there probably was never a lead greater than five points. Late in the game, players began to foul out and both teams were marching to the free throw line in double bonus situations. Roseville was doing a better job of containing the Raptor guards, periodically deploying a triangle and two defense and at other times playing 'in your hip pocket' defense. Understanding the constraint on some of the East Ridge bigs, in foul trouble themselves, the Raiders attacked the hoop, led by Kyler Briggity. And then as we neared the final minute of play there was time for one more trip to the theater.
Roseville called a time out after scoring a basket, but a few ticks went off the clock afterwards. The refs jumped in, as one of the Roseville coaches pointed out that the three points on the made basket had not been put on the scoreboard. The refs thinking the coach was talking about the time running off, put some time back on. In the meantime the points had been awarded, but now understanding that the complaint was about an incorrect score, the refs had another three put on the Roseville tally. "Hey, we're winning" shouted a sarcastic Roseville fan, as the extra points catapulted the Raiders into the lead. But, of course, only ever so briefly, as the extra points were removed. Regrettably, for it was the last 'lead' of the night for Roseville.
The final minute of play was entered with East Ridge holding onto a one point lead, and trying to take time off the clock. The last minute of play lasted around ten minutes. Time outs and free throws slowed down time. Teams were making frequent substitutions for rebounding, subbing offensive players for defensive ones, coaches were even subbing in designated foulers to keep a couple of starter with four fouls from joining those with five on the bench.
The final sequence of events played out suspensefully. Leading by two point, East Ridge's best free throw shooter went to the line to shoot two and put the game on ice. He went cold and missed both, giving Roseville a chance to tie or take the lead. Roseville ran a high center pick and roll, and for a second it looked to be successful, but the East Ridge defense collapsed and stopped the play. Roseville had to foul and East Ridge made one of two to take a three point lead. Time out East Ridge.
As play resumed, with seven seconds left, and Roseville needing a three to tie, East Ridge fouled Roseville with two seconds remaining, not giving Roseville a chance at a three pointer. Time out Roseville. The plan was to make the first and to set up a rebound play to score a bucket off the intentional miss on the second. The first shot was made. Good. Roseville down two. On the second free throw, the ball slipped ... and went in! Dang.
So now there were 2 seconds left and Roseville down 1. East Ridge inbounded and Roseville fouled. The clock showed 0.2 seconds left. The refs, trained by this point, watched, and had the clock reset to 0.7 seconds. The East Ridge coach, thinking that the refs had said to put 3.7 seconds on the clock, blew his other gasket.
East Ridge made the first - two point lead, but missed the second. Roseville got the rebound and heaved the ball down court for a miracle, but this was a tragicomedy not a passion play and East Ridge walked off their home court with a closely contested victory.
Losing is lousy. But the way that the team played and the way they have played in the last few games shows a marked improvement over their earlier play. The optimist leaving the gym sees the team as starting to come together at just the right time.
The humorist leaving the gym is amazed by the number of levels on which an evening in the gym can prove entertaining.
Next up for Roseville is Forest Lake on Friday night at RAHS. It's pack the gym night. One can only wonder what entertainment awaits!
Roseville split a pair of conference games this week, losing to second place East Ridge by eight points at home, before bouncing back strongly at Hastings and racking up a 31 point win.
The East Ridge game's story was built around strong play by both point guards. East Ridge point guard, Jake Knupp led all scorers with 29 points, one of four Raptors in double figures. Roseville point guard, Kobe Critchley's contribution was a double double with 10 points and 13 assists. Add in 5 steals for a very active night for Kobe.
Roseville placed five players in double digits. The Twin Pines, Derek Magnuson and Jesper Horsted contributed 16 points each and 8 and 9 rebounds respectively. Kyler Briggity and Mitch Poss pitched in with 14 and 12 points.
For most of the first half it was a fairly evenly contested tilt, until East Ridge pushed to a seven point halftime lead.
The Raiders came out flat and listless in the second half and East Ridge was able run its advantage to double digits. With about five minutes left in the game and finding themselves down by 15, the Raiders suddenly came to life and played with a sense of urgency that had been missing the whole game. With a minute and a half to go Roseville had clawed back to only trail by 4 points.
In the early days of television, Ann Francis had a program for toddlers that used bumble bee characters to teach proper behavior. Do Bees did the right thing, and Don't Bees made a lot of mistakes. Clock management over the last minute and a half of the game for both teams was clearly being managed by Don't Bees. East Ridge, perhaps hearing the footsteps of the charging Raiders failed to milk the clock, put up ill advised and off balanced shots, giving the Raiders a chance to come back. Roseville, which has over deployed the three pointer to disadvantage over the latter half of the season, when needing three pointers in the closing half minute, penetrated for twos.
In the end, it resulted in an eight point win for East Ridge. Raider fans couldn't help but think that a potential gift had been turned down, but also that if the team could capture the spirit and intensity of the last five minutes of the game, they could make some hay during the remainder of the season.
The first chance to test the carry over effect of those last five minutes came down in Hasting for a game against those other Raiders. In an earlier home game with Hastings, Roseville won 94-76 but the margin of victory is deceptive of how late into the game the outcome was still in doubt. It took another late charge for Roseville to create separation and post its highest point total of the season.
So going in, there was confidence that Roseville could score against Hastings; the question was could they contain Hasting's scoring. Hastings leading scorer, Sam Skoyen had lit up Roseville for 25 in that earlier tilt.
Our Raiders came out with great energy. They scored early with terrific ball movement and player movement. With Hastings trying to frustrate Roseville with a 3-2 zone defense, Roseville kept its poise and patience, attacked the zone, found both inside and outside open shots. Roseville also pushed the ball more than normal, attacking before Hastings could get their defense set. So yes, Roseville was able to score against Hasting. The anticipated and satisfying element was that the energy from the end of the East Ridge carried over to an energetic start to this game.
Now to the question of whether our Raiders could stop their Raiders from scoring. The answer is yes, but for a brief while it looked as if the answer would be no. Skoyen again came out with guns ablazing, and hit three early bombs, scoring 11 of Hastings first 16 points and holding the Rosevile lead to five points in the early going. Roseville assigned Jesper Horsted the responsibility to slow Skoyens down and rotated other defenders into face guarding and stopping the offensive star. It worked, it effectively slowed down Skoyen who only scored four more points the rest of the night, and the remainder of the Hastings team did not have the fire power to challenge.
For the second game in a row, Roseville put five players into double figures. Bigs Derek Magnuson, Jake Geyen and Jesper Horsted contributed 14, 14, and 12 respectively. Lance Gardner was both aggressive and smooth off the bench and chipped in with 12 points and some of the prettiest rebounds of the game. Guard Kyler Briggity chipped in with 10. A total of 11 of our Raiders scored.
Of special note is that Kobe Critchley again hit double digits in assits with 11 as well as contributing seven points and seven rebounds. Jesper Horsted led the rebounding effort with 11 giving him his 11th double double of the season.
In the end it was a 30 point win for Roseville and unlike their earlier 20 point win against Hastings, in this one, the final score truly indicated the nature of the game.
This coming week, the Raiders travel to East Ridge on Tuesday night, prior to returning home on Friday to Pack-the-Gym-Night against Forest Lake. Hope to see you there!
After putting a four game losing streak behind them last game, the Raiders came out to test themselves against the Washburn Millers who lead the Minneapolis City Conference and who had yet to lose on the road all season.
The game provided an interesting subtext pitting Washburn's football star, Mr Minnesota Football, Jeff Jones against Roseville football's All-State receiver Jesper Horsted. The football Gophers are pursuing Jones, a senior, as a potential program changer, and have also shown interest in Horsted, a junior. Watching from the stands was Jacques Perra, Roseville's quarterback, and Gatorade Minnesota Football Player of the Year, who has already committed to join the Gophers.
Putting potential future relationships aside, the Millers and Raiders engaged in a most entertaining, evenly matched basketball game where neither team was able to put any distance between themselves and their opponent.
An up-tempo first half, dictated by the athletic Millers may have been just what the Raiders needed. Kobe Critchley and Kyler Briggity pushed the ball and attacked the basket more so than in any recent game. After struggling to score 30 points in a half during their slide, the Raiders tallied 42 in the first half against Washburn. A three pointer by Briggity with time running down in the first half looked to let the Raiders take a lead into the locker room, but a matching three by Jeff Jones at the buzzer knotted the score at halftime.
Roseville came out in the second half in a 1-3-1 zone and cycled defenses among this, a 2-3 zone and an energetic man-to-man throughout the half. Pulled out their passivity, the Raiders moved the ball and fed cutters leading to their racking up twice as many assists as the Millers. Kobe Critchley led with 12 assists of his own.
Horsted especially benefited from the ball movement and led all scorers with 25 points. Critchley added 10 points to bag a double-double. Splitting the difference was Briggity with 16 points.
Jones was one of four Millers with double digit points, led by JoBreil Powell with 20.
The well played game was much appreciated by those in attendance. Pulling out the victory was a double bonus.
Our fourth place Raiders play a home make-up game against second place East Ridge on Wednesday night, before traveling to Hastings for a Friday night tilt. A continued strong showing will help as the team works to position itself for Sections. The early start to the season results in an equally early end, and Sections are now only three weeks away!
Team spirit and togetherness are frequently early casualties on the hard road of a losing streak. But the Raiders' caring for each other showed vividly last night, when Mark Kanake scored. Kanake, cited in an earlier column on this site as bringing great energy to the floor and changing the dynamic and ultimate outcome of an early season game, scored his first points of the season in the second half. And when he did, the bench exploded with joy and a display of sheer pleasure and happiness for their teammate.
Mark has played in about half of the games this season. He is a role player. He knows his role and as stated above he brings great commitment and energy to what his is asked to do. He is not asked to score a bunch of points; he is asked to be a disruptive influence on defense. In the season to date, he had only taken three shots. He equaled that total last night, connecting on two of them.
Part of the beauty was that there was no less joy for Mark from the bench when he made his second bucket than when he made his first. His role and contribution are well understood by his teammates, his personal accomplishment on this night shared by them.
Joining Mark in the scoring column were nine other teammates, in an effort reminiscent of the early season successes when the team was flowing. Kobe Critchely, wearing number 13 led the scoring with 21 points. Someone reported that they thought they saw the serious Kobe smile. Jesper Horsted also found 13 to be a lucky number, with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Derek Magnuson liked 13 enough to score that many points. The apparently superstitious Jake Geyen decided to rest at 11 points.
During the recent losing streak the team consistently took more three point shots than foul shots, a statistic indicative of settling for the easy attempt rather than attacking the basket. Last night the Raiders got to break-even, an equal number of three pointers and foul shots, 27 of each. Probably still too many threes, but a step towards better balance.
And unlike their recent polar-vortex imitation from the free throw line, the Raiders sizzled hitting 75% of their free throws as a team.
Of course the victory is what brought smiles to most faces, but it was the return of aggressive, energetic play that was the most welcome sign on a warm snowy night in the RAHS gym.
The struggles continued for the RAHS basketball team on another bitterly cold night. Continuing to shoot from outside and failing to sufficiently captialize from their trips to the free throw line, Roseville lost a close match to Stillwater.
Tall Kyle McKinley scored Stillwater's first 10 points and frustrated the Raiders at both ends all night. He was joined by the Ponies' Connor Gamble in exceeding 20 points on the night.
Roseville bigs Derek Magnuson and Jake Geyen scored in double features, but the two edged sword is that many of those points came on outside shooting. Kyler Briggity and Quinn Johnson were the two Raiders with an attacking mindset, providing a glimpse into what may prove the antidote to the Raiders' woes, as they regroup and look to right the ship in preparation for Sections.
Our Raiders dropped their third straight conference game after starting conference play at 7-0. We now find ourselves as one of three teams with 3 conference losses, all chasing one loss Cretin and two loss East Ridge.
While the first two losses of this slump were against strong Cretin, a game in which Roseville played well and contended, and an ascending Mounds View team that is likely to make its first appearance in the top 10, this loss was against a middle of the pack White Bear team.
Early season projections and expectations for the Raiders were high, based upon the talent of the individuals that make up the team. The only way that the Raiders would fail to achieve this year would be to defeat themselves. And while the majority of this season's losses have been against the state's best teams, the trend in the last two losses suggests that we are now at risk of doing just that, beating ourselves too.
Ricky Rubio was recently quoted as saying that the Timberwolves late game struggles were that they got out of playing as a team and each player was taking it on themselves to get it down. The Raiders have that in spades. And the 'I will get it done' attitude in our case covers the majority of the game!
The White Bear loss resembled the Mounds View loss with a static offense and a defense where it looked like players were saving their energy for offense. Over the last three seasons, Raider teams have been able to use defense intensity to generate some easy offense and get the team into flow. That is lacking this year.
Kudos to Quinn Johnson who entered the White Bear Lake game in the second half and brought defensive leadership with him. Like most things positive or negative, it proved somewhat contagious. And although Quinn's aggressiveness led to his fouling out late in the half, it was defensive pressure by the team that almost saved the day.
Down by 14 points with around four minutes remaining, the Raiders played with an intensity and defensive commitment that has been absent of late. Forcing a pair of timeouts by White Bear, and causing the Bears to visibly tighten up, the Raiders progressively closed the gap and fell just one possession short of eradicating the inevitable disappointment that comes with an unacceptable loss.
This week the Raiders have Tuesday and Thursday home games against Stillwater and Park, respectively. Those two opponents are a combined 3-18 in conference play and offer the Raiders a chance to work out the kinks before heading back into the meat of their schedule.
While the 200 pounds of food donations contibuted on Food Shelf Night warms the cockles of the heart, the rest of the night was cold. The weather was cold. The shooting was cold. And it didn't take long to recognize the cold harsh reality that this was not going to be our night.
In the first half our Raiders scored 24 points, the lowest total for eighteen minutes of basketball so far this season. The game felt a lot like the loss to Champlin Park where a small early lead just grew and grew over time to result in a lopsided final margin. Mounds View's lead never felt under threat during the second half.
The contrast between the two teams was stark. Mounds View moved the ball, moved without the ball, was quick and aggressive on defense and had little trouble beating the Raider press or any other defense that was thrown at them.
Roseville on the other hand did not move the ball with any intensity or intentionality, stood around on offense and was polite on defense. Putting almost no ball pressure on the Mounds View offense, the Mustangs were very comfortable surveying the floor and letting their opportunities develop.
Roseville did not shoot well, making only 4 three pointers. Mounds View, historically a very good three point shooting team, only made 6 themselves. But the Mustangs began to work the ball to the hole, while Roseville failed to effectively penetrate.
Foul shooting is often an indicator of a team's aggressiveness. Penetrate, and get to the line. Roseville missed four foul shots in the game, Mounds View missed three. But Roseville only shot 8 and Mounds View shot 18.
The loss dropped Roseville behind both Cretin and East Ridge in the Suburban East Conference. And it gave ascending Mounds View, it's 10th straight victory.
Roseville looks to turn things around and get back on track this coming Friday with a game at White Bear Lake.
Friends of RAHS basketball, the Tuesday night game against arch-rival Mounds View is food shelf night. Please come and support the team, and also support local families in need of help, and you'll get in for half price!
RAHS has set up a food shelf at school, where any RAHS family in need of help can draw staples to help weather hard times. The economy is improving and many of us are doing better, but let's remember and help those who are still waiting for things to turn around for them.
Food items with a long shelf life are most welcome. Also needed are used backpacks that students can use to transport the supplies from the food shelf to home.
Make a donation and get into the game half price! Thanks.
The first half of action in Cretin's victory over Roseville was perhaps the best half of basketball the Roseville team has played thus far this season. In fact, Roseville showed a total commitment to the game and to team ball until later in the second half when they felt the wind come out of their sails.
The game opened with a statement by Sam Nuemann, Cretin's dominant big man. Known as a three point shooter, a talent he would put on display throughout the contest, Neumann challenged inside on Cretin's first two possessions, and scored both times with clean footwork and a long reach. Cretin opened with a flurry, and Coach Crtchley called a momentum changing time out only three minutes into the game.
Roseville ran several defenders at Neumann and used strong offensive performances by Kyler Briggity and Jake Geyen to tie the score at 20 midway through the half. After a couple of hoops by Cretin, Roseville went on an 11-0 run Briggity getting more than half of those points to take a 31-24 lead.
Roseville was moving the ball as well as it had all season, and was holding high scoring Cretin in check, with the exception of Neumann. Neumann finished the first half with a flourish and totaled 22 first half points. Kyler Briggity, who started his high school ball at Cretin and transferred to Roseville after his freshman year, was not far behind with 16 points to counter Neumann. And Roseville held a slim 39-38 halftime lead.
The second half opened with Roseville sequencing through a variety of defenses to keep the Cretin scoring machine from hitting on all cylinders. It was effective, but for the one cylinder that was stroking. The Neumann show carried its performance into the second act.
Creating steals off of its 1-3-1 zone and its 1-2-2 zone press, Roseville opened up a 53-45. But two quick threes, the second by a fist pumping Neumann closed the gap to one 53-52 with just over ten minutes to play. To this point, it was fair to think that he couldn't keep it up, a cold streak would come and the way that Roseville was playing overall, this game was about to break in our favor.
But with nine and a half minutes left Derek Magnuson picked up his fourth foul. And at eight and a half minutes, Jake Geyen picked up his fourth. And then at seven minutes, Jesper Horsted pick up his fourth. The vulnerability of the Roseville bigs tilted the advantage to Cretin, and Cretin capitalized on it. Right around the six minute mark, Jake Geyen's fouling out was followed by a long contested three pointer by Neumann on which he was fouled. Body language told it all.
Cretin and Neumann were strutting. Neumann clearly believed, and with reason, that Roseville was not going to be able to stop him. He surely didn't show any sign that a cold streak was imminent. And Roseville was beginning to sag. At this point it was just a 4 point Cretin lead, but the energized team was about to change that.
At the four and a half minute mark, when Derek Magnuson joined Geyen on the bench with five fouls, the Cretin lead had grown to 9 and looking at body language it felt like the game was over. Roseville abandoned the team oriented game and desperately started bombing without success.
In the end it was a 13 point Cretin victory. It took a star turn by Cretin's best player to carry them to victory. And this first conference loss for Roseville knocked our Raiders down a notch as now only one of three SEC teams with a single conference loss, Cretin and East Ridge being the others. The positive takeaway for Roseville, is that for three-quarters of the game, Roseville played with a chemistry that we have been hoping to see emerge this season.
Hi everybody. You know who is out of town again. So I get to report tonight's game.
Woodbury has really surprised people so far this season. They made it to State the last two years from our Section (boo hoo) but they were expected to be a little down this year. Well the experts were wrong, to quote Sid Hartman. They've had some really good wins, and like us have spent some time in the top 10 ranking. And last week they knocked off the high scoring Cretin team.
Probably the biggest reason they are so good is that they have a great scorer, Matt Ambriz. He is leading the conference in scoring with 27 points a game. I guess going in the name of tonight's game was no Welcome Matt!
So in the first half there were defenders all over Ambriz and he was still hitting shots. Crazy. He had 16 points in the first half and it looked like he was gonna nudge his average up tonight. But he really had to work for those points, and making him do that paid off in the second half.
In the second half, he only had 6 points. Shout out to all the Raiders who took turns guarding him. And when we went on a run midway through the second half to open a 12 point lead, well I thought I was going to get to breath easy for the rest of the game. Dumb me.
Woodbury started driving and dishing and their big man, Ben Rizzardi took those feeds and cashed them in. He ended up the game's leading scorer with 28 points.
But I'll see your big man and raise you three. All four of our bigs were big. Derek Magnuson had 23, Jesper Horsted had 19, Jake Geyen had 16, and Lance Gardner had 13. And with all those 'hads', we had just enough. And when Ambriz took a desperation three pointer at the final buzzer to try to tie the game, he missed. I was able to breath again.
And one more thing. The points from the bigs were great and needed, but one guy who didn't score was really important. Kobe Critchley played a great point tonight. Especially late, with clock management and protecting the ball. Heck, one mess up and the outcome could have been different. Thanks, Kobe. Oh, and Quinn Johnson really worked his, um, tail off guarding Ambriz. And other guys contributed on guarding him too. Hey, it was just a nice team victory!
And speaking of victory, the Raiders are 3-0 when I report the game. And not nearly so good when you know who writes the report. Coincidence? I don't think so!
And last bit - trumpets, please (haha) - Cretin beat East Ridge tonight so there is now only one team undefeated in the Suburban East sitting alone in first place. And that's us. But next game we play at Cretin. So I guess we better be on our game to stay king of the hill!
It all came down to the exciting final 45 seconds. Minnetonka had the ball with the score tied. They were in the double bonus so Roseville needed to be sure not to send them to the line. Two of Roseville's important front line players had fouled out, and a third was saddled with four fouls.
Coming out of a time out, Minnetonka chose to take the air out of the ball and spread its offense with the point guard dribbling off time at half court. When the clock wound down to just under 15 seconds, Minnetonka began its play. It went to its D1 recruit, Delshon Strickland, and he missed. Loose ball, but Minnetonka came up with it under the basket. Shot up, another miss. A scrum underneath, and Minnetonka emerged with the ball and this time the shot was good.
Roseville was left with 3.4 seconds and the length of the court to go. A desperation shot at the buzzer was off, and Roseville had lost the game and a chance to capture a terrific win.
When you look at Minnetonka and Roseville side-by-side, they look a lot alike. But in the first half they did not play alike. After Roseville jumped to a 7-0 lead, Minnetonka took control of the half and went on a 32-9 run to double up the Raiders at 32-16. Minnetonka held 12 of those points to lead at halftime 46-34.
In the second half Roseville woke up, went on several runs and retook the lead with about 8 minutes left in the game. It was a see-saw back and forth after that right up to those last 45 seconds.
Roseville is learning the painful lesson of digging themselves deep holes in the first half. They almost learned how to climb out of the hole against a good team. The loss was disappointing that it wasted several nice efforts. Lance Gardner spent the night neutralizing Minnetonka's D1 prospect, Strickland, scoring 22 to Strickland's 24. Klyer Briggity had another scoring run in the second half and his points along with a couple of bombs by Mitch Poss keyed the comeback run. Derek Magnuson played large, but with all of the fouls being called inside, he found his time limited late before eventually fouling out.
Aside from playing with urgency and a sense of team chemistry from the opening tip and not digging themselves a hole, the other to-do item for the Raiders is to work on their foul shooting. One night after shooting less than 50% at Forest Lake, the Raiders again looked challenged at the free throw line, while the Skippers of Minnetonka took full advantage of their free throws.
This week will tell a lot. Roseville hosts a stronger than expected Woodbury team on Tuesday night and travels to Cretin on Friday. Victories in these games will keep the Raiders on track towards the goal of a fourth straight SEC crown.
The Roseville victory over Forest Lake started brilliantly, and ended in a well contested victory, with many positives on display in between.
The Raiders historically struggle in the Forest Lake gym. It is more a matter of facing a well disciplined 1-3-1 zone defense than the gym itself. But at Forest Lake, the Roseville scoring totals are often modest and well below their seasons' averages. This night’s 83 points represented very good offensive production against the normally frustrating Forest Lake defense.
Roseville demonstrated that it was prepared to attack the defense with a strong offensive statement at the beginning of the game. After a quick basket by game leading scorer Jesper Horsted off of Derek Magnuson’s opening tip, the Raiders attacked the 1-3-1 the next two times down the court. The back-to-back plays were well designed and well executed. Both times, Roseville flashed a second big man, Horsted into the center of the defense forcing the middle defender to decide which player to mark. The hesitation gave the Roseville ball handlers sufficient time to get the ball to Horsted. The pass drew the center defender to the ball and left the original offensive player in the center, Magnuson the opportunity to slide to the block for a short interior pass and an easy two point shot, as Hosted twice returned Magnuson’s opening tip favor. The statement was loud and clear, “we can handle this defense!”
In addition to the offensive production of Horsted and Magnuson, there were two other offensive contributions of note. Kobe Critchley had one of his best games of the season with strong ball handling, and excellent decision making. He drove the ball up court before the Forest Lake defense could get set, leading to more easy scoring chances than usual at Forest Lake. Several times he used his dribbling skills to weave through the defense to score on layups before the defenders were comfortably set in their positions..
The most entertaining highlight of the evening centered on Kyler Briggity. Diving for a loose ball in the second half, Briggity slammed his face into the floor and came up with a bloody nose. When Lance Gardner was saddled with his fourth foul a few moments later, Coach Critchley signalled for Briggity to sub back in. Kyler pointed to the cotton plug in his nose. Coach pointed to the court. Kyler made sure coach knew what he was talking about by pointing to his nose again. Coach made sure Kyler knew what he was talking about by pointing to the court again. Getting it, Kyler jumped back into the game with the cotton plug sticking out of his nostril, and promptly ran off eight points with aggressive, athletic moves to the basket. On a couple of the moves, Kyler got knocked to the floor after scoring, but nonetheless his offensive aggressiveness continued as Roseville built its lead to 14 points. Perhaps Kyler’s post-nasal drip helped him sense the “blood in the water”.
The other characteristic of games at Forest Lake is the three point shooting of the Rangers. True to form, a trio of Forest Lake players dazzled with their 3 point shooting. More disciplined perimeter defense could have made this a much easier victory for the Raiders, but on a night when Roseville showed their mastery over Forest Lake’s difficult defense who’s going to quibble.
Horsted, Magnuson, Critchley and Briggity were Roseville’s double digit scorers in the game with 25, 17, 17 and 15 respectively.
Roseville turns right around and gets back into action with a Saturday evening game at RAHS against Minnetonka as part of the SEC-Lake Conference Challenge.
The East Ridge games - varsity, JV, and B-Squad - that were cancelled along with the school day on Tuesday January 7th because of the dangerously bitter cold, have been rescheduled to Wednesday February 5th. These are home games and will played at RAHS.
Conference versus conference challenges have become a new standard in college and high school basketball, and here in Minnesota we now have that kind of conference rivalry taking root. On Saturday Janurary 11th, RAHS will be a host site with a suite of games involving the four levels of teams from Edina, Minnetonka, Mounds View and Roseville High Schools. Here is the schedule for the day:
11:00am 9th grade game, Edina v. Mounds View, Lower Gym
11:45am 9th grade game, Minnetonka v. Roseville, Upper Gym
12:30pm 10th grade game, Edina v. Mounds View, Lower Gym
1:15pm JV game, Edina v. Mounds View, Upper Gym
2:00pm 10th grade game, Minnetonka v. Roseville, Lower Gym
2:45pm JV game, Minnetonka v. Roseville, Upper Gym
3:30pm Varsity game, Edina v. Mounds View, Lower Gym
5:00pm Varsity game, Minnetonka v. Roseville, Lower Gym
The Thursday night game against the Hastings Raiders was Boys Basketball Alumni Night at the RAHS gym. Aside from a great turnout from recent Alumni, there was a large contingent of MIAC scouts and coaches in the stands. With such an esteemed audience, the first half of play of the game frankly was a disappointment.
The Roseville team came out flat. It failed to attack the Hastings zone defense and both ball movement and player movement were lacking. There were turnovers aplenty, due mainly to soft and ill timed passes. After spending most of the first half in a 10 point hole, Roseville managed to climb within two points of Hastings at halftime.
The Backcourt Jester was in fine fettle at halftime, joking that two famous breweries were each going to dedicate a new brew to the first half of action. Surly brewery, famous for its Furious brand, was going to issue a light beer called Dispassionate, and Belle's was going to introduce an alcohol free companion brew to its popular Two Hearted Ale called Half Hearted.
Fortunately, there are two halves to a basketball game, and the team wearing the black jerseys in the second half resembled the team we are used to seeing. Roseville did attack the zone in the second half and played with more intensity. Approaching the mid-point of the second half, our Raiders had pulled away to a 10 point lead and things looked back on course. But Hastings star, Sam Skoyen hit three consecutive three pointers and in the blink of an eye the score was tied and it was a new game again.
But once that barrage of points was weathered, Roseville again picked up the tempo, deployed pressure as effectively as they have all season and opened up a sizable lead. In the end, the scoreboard was not an accurate indicator of the tenor of the game. This was not your typical 20 point victory!
The 57 points Roseville scored in the second half though is their high total for a half so far this season. Scoring was led by Jesper Horsted with 29 points, again a high water mark for the team so far this season. He was joined in double digit scoring by Lance Gardner, Derek Magnuson and Joh Farmer. Farmer's eleven points were a personal best for the season, as he joined the double digit club for the first time as a varsity player.
Alls well that ends well, said the ancient bard. And not only did the game end well, but so did the night. The second of the double win cited in the headline was the great gathering of a couple of dozen basketball alumni who stayed after the tilt for some basketball and comradery.
A couple of hours of hoops was followed up by pizza and catch up time. A number of alumni couldn't make it because they are still playing organized ball and they are back with teams, including the Brown brothers Lucas and Logan, Mack Johnson, Emeche Wells, and of course Mike Muscala, currently playing pro ball in Spain. A Happy New Year shout out to all basketball alumni who wanted to be present but weren't able to be! It was a highly successful 3rd annual Alumni night by any standard, and most former players left guaranteeing that they'd be back next year.
If you are a former boys basketball player, manager or coach for RAHS, Alexander Ramsey or Kellogg High Schools and would like to receive a notice next year about the Alumni Game, send us an email and we'll put you on the contact list. Even if the knees bark when you play these days, the free admission to the game and the chance to meet up with former classmates should serve as strong encouragement!
The current RAHS players are looking at an important and challenging upcoming week, with games against a rated East Ridge team on Tuesday and a Saturday tilt against a strong Minnetonka team, both at home, sandwiching a road game on Friday night at the always tough home of the 1-3-1 zone defense, Forest Lake.
The B-Squad game against Woodbury at RAHS on January 14th will be played at 4:15 pm, rather than at 5:45 pm as originally schedule. Please note the change on your calendars.
RAHS and the RBBC basketball booster club will host their annual Alumni Night event on Thursday January 2nd at the game against Hastings.
All players who laced up their sneakers for the boys basketball teams for RAHS, Ramsey or Kellogg will be admitted to the game free of charge. At halftime of the game, a pair of tickets to the annual Steak and Walleye Dinner on Saturday night January 4th will be raffled off and won by one lucky alumnus.
After the varsity game, the basketball alumni are invited to hang around and to take part in an open gym and knock some of the rust off their game. At the end of the open gym there will be pizza served and a chance for everyone to relax a bit more and catch up.
Hope you can make it. Please contact your basketball alumni friends and help spread the word!
There's what will be available at the silent auction that is part of the January 4th Community Meal. Check this out:
Adrian Peterson Autographed Vikings Jersey
Ricky Rubio Autographed Basketball
Authentic NFL Football signed by 2013 Green Bay Packers Team
Signed football by RAHS State Finalist Football Team
Signed volleyball by RAHS State Finalist Volleyball Team
Minnesota Gopher Men’s Hockey Tickets
Minnesota Gopher Men’s Basketball Tickets
Minnesota Wild Autographed Jersey
One Stay at The Radisson Hotel Roseville
Five Course Dinner for Four hosted by Monte and Mary Johnson
Minnesota Timberwolves Tickets
Stout’s Pub Gift Cards
The Community Meal ... it's not just about great food anymore! See you there.
Great Food, Cash Raffle, Fabulous Silent Auction
Roseville Boys Basketball will sponsor its annual community meal on Saturday evening January 4th. The event will be held at the Roseville VFW Hall, 1145 Woodhill Drive from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Wrap up the holiday season by letting someone else do the cooking and feed the family. And you support a great cause at the same time.
The menu includes a choice of steak or walleye, with traditional sides. Tickets for the meal are $12 when purchased in advance, and $15 at the door. For information about purchasing tickets corral any current RAHS basketball player or contact Corey Johnson by email or by phone at 612-280-3804.
In addition to a great meal, the event will also include a 50:50 cash raffle (you needn’t be present to win so you can buy raffle tickets in advance from any player), and a silent auction with wonderful bargains. Circle the date on your calendar, get your tickets, and we’ll see you there!
Hi Everybody. Hey, I heard a comment made by someone and thought I'd better do some community service and straighten out a wrong idea.
Someone was shaking their head and discouraged with the fact that the varsity team already as four defeats. Can't deny the number of defeats, but hold on a second. Who did we lose to?
Johnson Governors, 9-1, the #1 QRF (power ranking) in AAA.
Armstrong Falcons, 8-1, the #1 QRF in AAAA.
Apple Valley Eagles, 9-1, the #2 QRF in AAAA.
Champlin Park Rebels, 10-1, the #3 QRF in AAAA.
We had the toughest schedule in the state so far, and we still have a winning record. To get better, you have to play the best and that's what we've done. Have you seen our team? They're really good, and thanks to that schedule they'll be getting even better. Don't hang your head, silly! Come and get loudy-rowdy and cheer the team on the victories they're about to run off. Go Raiders!
Roseville ended a tough trip up to St Cloud with its second loss in as many nights. One night after facing and falling to top ranked Apple Valley, the Raiders faced off against Champlin Park, another highly ranked team that had dismantled Stillwater the night before.
Taking advantage of its size advantage inside, the Raiders kept pace with the Rebels in the early going. A few Champlin Park runs were quelled by timely time-outs by Roseville, but the damage this night was not the long scoring run by the opponent, but rather the gradual, continual stretching of a lead.
Champlin Park is led by lightening quick Ian Smith who established the pace for the Rebels all night. Champlin scoring was triggered early by the three point shooting of highly recruited JT Gibson. Champin's team speed, outside shooting, uninterrupted ball movement and patient ability to find the open man proved effective against Roseville's periodic zone defense. Roseville was able to slow Champlin Park, but not stop them. Forward Brennan Witt was especially successful at sliding down the baseline and receiving passes directly under the basket that he would spin in with a corkscrew move reminiscent of recent RAHS graduate Jordan Burich.
A positive takeaway for Roseville in the loss was their ability to defend against the fast break. A night after Champlin Park scored a barrel load of points off the fast break against Stillwater, the Raider defenders were quick to transition from offense to defense and limited the Rebels ability to score easy breakaway points. Transition defense has been a vulnerability for the Raiders this season, and a positive step forward there would bode well as they move back into conference play.
The Raiders, along with East Ridge, Cretin and surprising Woodbury are the favorites to compete for the Suburban East crown. Conference play resumes this coming Thursday, as the Raiders host another set of Raiders, from Hastings.
Maybe it isn't right to title this the Tyus Jones Show, because that may not give sufficient credit to the other talented players who comprise Apple Valley's top ranked boys basketball team. But then again, when Jones exited the game with just over 6 minutes left, a quarter of the crowd got up and headed to the exit. They had gotten what they had come to see.
In the early going, Roseville fans were hopeful as the Raiders were able to run with Apple Valley. Carried by three Mitch Poss three pointers, Roseville found itself deadlocked with Apple Valley midway through the first half at 27-27. And then came Act 1.
A surgically quick strike by Apple Valley, led by the scoring and passing of Jones turned into a 17-2 run and the Raiders found themselves in a deep first half hole. The Raiders had been there before, just not against the number one team in state. The Raiders chipped away and momentarily got the lead back to single digits. But as time was running down in the half, and Roseville down by 11, things got out of hand.
An Apple Valley 'linebacker' hit Kobe Critchley going out of bounds, carried him through the Raider bench sending chairs flying and landed on top of him. Basketball refs don't carry yellow flags, and the anger, that such an aggressively dangerous play gives rise to, led to several moments of confusion and confrontation that had the Apple Valley bench encroaching closer and closer to the Roseville sideline. In the end, cooler heads prevailed with one Apple Valley parent who chose to get involved in the kerfuffle being expelled from the gym and the referees huddling for five minutes sorting out what to do.
The referees decision was not to call a flagrant foul and Kobe Critchley went to the line with 0.3 seconds left in the half to shoot one and one. Lost on the refs in their efforts to manage through the confusion and regain control was the fact that the scoreboard advanced from 9 team fouls to 10 team fouls as Kobe stood at the line. Kobe was not given two shots as the situation called for, and Roseville's chance to get the lead into single digits at halftime did not materialize. As a further demonstration of the level of distraction, on the ensuing play the time clock never started and after the longest 0.3 seconds in history, the refs mercifully blew their whistles ending the half.
Any concerns that the tension at the end of the first half would demonstrate itself as chippy play in the second half proved unfounded. Both teams came out strong to open the second half and concentrated on basketball. Midway into the second half Apple Valley maintained its 11 point lead at 70-59 and Roseville fans held out hope for a comeback run, until Act 2 occurred.
In three minutes of the most dazzling displays of basketball any fan could hope to observe Tyus Jones took over the game. Pass after precise pass found an open man under or on his way to the basket. It was as if he were pointing out to the fans all the open men by hitting them with the ball. He would penetrate, pull defenders to himself, elevate and then drop the ball to the lap of a teammate for a bunny, rather than taking the shot himself. As a punctuation mark, he hit a three pointer from deep downtown, and followed that next time down the court with an even deeper one. At that point with the lead having ballooned into the twenties, Jones exited the game, and many fans after warm applause, exited the gym. Jones ended the game with 30 points and likely in excess of a dozen assists. The factor that mitigated the appreciation of the phenomenal display of basketball for the Raider fans was the realization that it was our carcass being dissected.
Hats off to Apple Valley and their leader, Jones. It is clear why they are the top ranked team in the state. It starts with Tyus Jones, but it extends to all the other talented players whose games are further elevate by playing with him.
Things don't get significantly easier for Roseville tonight as they take on third ranked Champlin Park in the second of back to back Granite City Classic games.
It is extremely rare for a player to score his first varsity points in two consecutive games. In fact, unfathomable. But more on that later.
The Roseville Raiders entered their game against Park as the 9th ranked team in Minnesota's AAAA, large school, Class. At first blush, the inclusion of Roseville in the rankings may have seemed odd, what with the Raiders already having been tagged with two losses. But the fact that the relative parity of good teams in AAAA this year finds only one undefeated team in AAAA a third of the way through the season tempers the fact of two losses.
Additionally Roseville's two losses were - if there is such a thing - quality losses. A measure of a team's performance is its QRF score which includes its won-loss record as well as the calibre of its competition. Loss one for the Raiders this year was to Johnson, a AAA team, with a 7-1 record that includes victories over 5 AAAA teams, with three of them being ranked teams. Johnson has the highest QRF rating among AAA teams.
Roseville's other loss was to Robbinsdale Armstrong, sitting at 6-1 with wins over Park Center, Maple Grove and Osseo in additon to Roseville. Armstrong has the second highest QRF in Class AAAA.
Roseville entered the Park game without Derek Magnuson, who was ill. Park entered the game with a 3-6 record, and was coming off a 75-29 dismantling at the hands of powerful East Ridge.
It was Little Dribblers Night at Park, and the stands were full of little tykes and their families. It was a vocal and enthusiastic crowd that motivated Park in the early going. Roseville led by only three 17-14 by the middle of the first half. But a 27-8 run to close the half gave Roseville a substantial halftime lead.
During halftime, the Little Dribblers entertained with dribbling drills, then picked up their coats and families and left to get home for bedtime. The second half was played in front of a much sparser, much less enthusiastic 'crowd'.
Roseville continued its end-of-first-half assault, used its bench liberally and ran away to an 81-41 victory, giving Park its second 40 point loss of a tough week.
Roseville has been placing four players in the double-digit points column every game this year, but against Park, with the large number of minutes eaten by the bench, only three Raiders scored double-digits. Jake Geyen, who ably filled the spot of the missing Derek Magnuson shared the scoring title at 15 points with Mitchell Poss who has run off a string of strong offensive contributions. Joining them in double figures was Lance Gardner with 14. Kobe Critchely just missed joining them with 9 points, but Kobe's contribution was setting up his teammates as he finished with 15 assists, the second highest total in Raider history. Kobe set the record earlier this year with 16.
Roseville has now had seven different players lead the team in scoring in the first eight games of the season!
Twelve Raiders scored in all, and that brings us back to the point of scoring your first varsity points in two consecutive games. In the article about the Stillwater game the Backcourt Jester reported that, along with other teammates, Isaiah Haupt had scored his first varsity points that night. This erroneous reporting was based upon the erroneous publication of scoring (since corrected) on the MN Basketball Hub website of the Star Tribune. The Jester was terribly upset that the error would exclude him from writing more articles. I've assured him that with my travel schedule, even if we were so inclined, we need him, so not to fret. His response? "Say it in public." Done!
Jester: if you thing making errors is going to keep you from participating in future basketball activities, then you should have checked out the reffing of the JV game at Park!
Getting back on track here, Isaiah Haupt must have liked what he read, because he did actually score his first varsity points against Park. And like the Jester 'predicted', he did it along with teammates. Josh Christiansen and Chris Spadino each also scored their first varsity points in the game.
After a couple of relatively easy victories this week, Roseville's task gets significantly more challenging as they face top ranked Apple Valley and top five ranked Champlin Park in back to back games in St Cloud next weekend. The team looks like it is starting to gel, and there will be no better time to show it than up in St Cloud.
Hi everybody. The web guy is out of town again. Goody.
I think I should say what everyone feels and that is that Stillwater is overall one of the best athletic programs in the state and that they seem to win everything all the time except when they had the second best gymnastics team in the state and couldn't get to State because they were in the same section with the best gymnastics program in the state (us) and we went every year and that except for that they are really, really good and then we beat them in football this year on our way to State and now we beat them in basketball and unlike recent history it's not even close and you think their dominance that goes on and on like a run on sentence has got to come to an end sometime because all things come to an end and maybe it's now and that thought makes me happy. Period.
And speaking of period, we don't play periods in basketball anymore, we play halves. And Roseville won both halves, 43-33 in the first half and 49-42 in the second half. So we kept the fight up, even with a big lead that at one point was 85-58. And the bench played and Stillwater caught up at the end a little bit, but even that's ok 'cause now they won't be as angry next time we play them this season.
And speaking of this season, we are now 5-2 and we are 3-0 in conference. And after the Park game this coming Friday in Cottage Grove, then our next two games are against Apple Valley who's #1 and Champlin Park who's like #3 in state and those games are in St Cloud during Christmas break and it sure will help that we bring a lot of confidence into those games.
And speaking of games, this game sure was fun. So like last year Stillwater had three bigs and it was hard for us, but this year we have three bigs and our bigs beat their bigs this game. Add Jake Geyen having a strong game to my bromance twins doing great and Stillwater's big man star from last year got so frustrated he got a technical. And the smalls were really good too. Kyler Briggity was on fire seriously in the first half and it still smoldered in the second half and it was contagious. Catching fire was Mitch Poss who hit a whole bunch of three pointers. And what's really cool is that Kobe Critchley recognized the hot hands and fed them to shoot instead of feeling the need to shoot himself (I mean take shots by himself, not the other shoot himself, haha) and it all was fun to watch.
And speaking of fun to watch, it was fun to watch Jake McKenzie and Isaiah Haupt score their first varsity points.
And then speaking of points, Kyler Briggity led the scoring with 21 points and other double digit scorers were Mitch Poss, Jesper Horsted, and Derek Magnuson. All together 12 different of our Raiders scored points in this game.
Hey, and though we whipped the Ponies, no actual animals were hurt in the making of this victory (haha).
I can't wait until Friday night. We play Park at Cottage Grove. You can be sure I'll be there cheering for my favorite team. I'll be the one wearing the Christmas hat so don't look for the hat with the three flopping points and the jingle bells sewn onto it. Although the jingle bells would suit the season, right. Well I gotta go get some more coffee. See you in Cottage Grove.
The early season chemistry experiment that is the Roseville Raiders fell victim to a failed hypothesis in a 83-71 loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong in the Tip-Off Classic.
Armstrong was quicker and more athletic. Roseville was bigger and stronger. Speed killed.
The Armstrong advantage played out in two significant ways. Faster up and down the court on both ends, Armstrong cashed in on quick transition points while preventing Roseville from doing the same. And the quickness advantage played itself out at the free throw line, where Armstrong made 8 more free throws than Roseville attempted. The ultimate 14 point advantage Armstrong had in free throws more than covered the final scoring difference.
In the first half Roseville characteristically fell behind and clawed its way back. But a scoring run by Armstrong in the latter part of the half left Roseville trailing by 11 at halftime, their largest halftime deficit of season.
The second half was a 9 to 5 affair. Roseville would cut the lead to 5, and then Armstrong would push it back to 9. And so it see-saw'ed through the second half until near the end of game, when Roseville's necessarily more aggressive play opened easy scoring chances for Armstrong, who pushed the final margin of victory to 12.
Roseville again distributed the scoring with four players in double digits, led by Lance Gardner with 19.
The basketball talent of the Raiders was again evident in this game, and as the team plays more and team chemistry builds, there is the expectation that the team will gel and the pre-season success anticipated for this team will still be realized.
The Hoop Czar has a report of the Tip-Off Classic that includes the Roseville - Armstrong game.
The early part of each season is a time for a team to find its identity and for recognition and adjustments to be made. An 86-82 overtime victory over White Bear Lake on the heels of a buzzer-beater one point win over Mounds View earlier in the week provides insight into this Raiders team's character, as well as some adjustments that need to be made.
Like those of us who are navigating the early winter season roads here in Roseville, our basketball team has had trouble finding traction. Another sluggish start created a 16 point ditch that our Raiders had to pull themselves out of before getting back on track in this contest. A pair of substitutions well into the first half helped to energize the team and fuel a comeback.
First Mark Kanake entered the game and brought his all-out high energy commitment to disruptive defense. A bit later Mitch Poss made his first appearance in the game, and also contributed high energy on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Jump started by this pair of subs, the Raiders made steady progress and cut the White Bear Lake lead to 4 at halftime.
In the second half, the Raiders played much better team oriented basketball but still showed evidence of their team play being a work in progress rather than a realized state. Missed free throws kept Roseville from opening up any kind of meaningful second half lead. But the more serious concern about the second half play was the large number of self defeating turnovers. Many of these turnovers were the kind of traveling violations you get when a player tries to do too much individually rather than moving the ball and moving themselves without the ball to create a team oriented advantage.
And it looked like self defeating was the appropriate term when a sloppy inbounds pass after a White Bear Lake made basket was stolen and eventually converted into a 3 point play. With time running down, that play looked like a nail in the coffin.
As said, the character of the team emerges in these early season games and the scrappy nature of the Raiders was demonstrated as they managed to pull all the way to within two points as time was running out. With four seconds left, Kobe Critchley, who had struggled early in the game, was fouled in the act of shooting and went to the line with the chance to tie the game. After Kobe hit the first free throw, White Bear Lake called a time out to ice Kobe. The tactic failed as Kobe hit the second free throw to tie the game, and White Bear failed to get a shot off in the remaining time.
After losing the first half 38-34, Roseville won the second half 38-34 and we had five more minutes of basketball to play.
If there were early season issues with both teams during regulation time, the overtime was scintillating. Aggressive play, players fouling out, pressure filled double bonus free throws, a technical foul and a spontaneous bloody nose afflicting the White Bear coach held rapt attention until with 1.8 seconds left and Roseville clinging to a 2 point lead, Kyler Brigitty was fouled and went to the line to shoot two. His first make assured no worse than a second overtime; his second make sealed the win.
One of the great pleasures of high school ball is that you get a couple of glimpses each year of an especially impressive player on the other teams. Tanner Hinck is one of those players. An impressive shooter with a court awareness and a keen understanding of the game, he brought to mind Woodbury's star from a few years ago, Max Hintz, another gifted athlete without a classic basketball body. Hinck was the game's leading scorer with 29 points. Four White Bear players scored in double figures.
For Roseville, Lance Gardner become the fifth Raider to lead the team in scoring in the five games to date. And he was the fourth to do it scoring more than 20 points. In fact, Gardner's 26 points were the high water mark for the Raiders so far in this season. A total of five Raiders scored in double digits this game, another seasonal high water mark. Joining Lance were Kobe Critchley, Derek Magnuson, Jesper Hosted and the energetic Mitch Poss.
Along with clutch free throw shooting at the most opportune times in this game, the other very positive take away was the determination and resilience of the team. The poster child for this team resilience was Kobe Critchley who arrived at the free throw line with the game on the line and four seconds left. Up to that point Kobe had struggled and scored only four points. In those four seconds and in the overtime, he cashed in 10 critical points.
And as stated in the opening of this piece, the early season is a time for learning and adjustments. And I understand, based upon the last few games some meaningful adjustments are being planned. Prior to the next home game on Thursday January 2nd, the concession stand will be stocking heart medication and defibrillator stations are being installed throughout the home section of the stands.
Are you a died in the wool basketball fan who just can get their fill? This weekend will delight!
On Friday evening a home tilt between our Raiders and White Bear Lake serves as an appetizer to whet the palate. Come to the RAHS gym for the 7:15 Parents' Night game and then wet your palate at the post game get together that will take place at Joe Senser's in Roseville.
Saturday delivers the main course. A full day of basketball on the two courts of Minnetonka High School starting in the morning, running into the evening and featuring 15 games pairing some of the most successful basketball programs in Minnesota, as well as one Wisconsin hot dish - Rice Lake. It is the thanksgiving feast of high school baskeball, the annual Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic.
The 3:45pm Roseville - Armstrong game represents your entree into the meat and potatoes portion of the day, being followed by Lakeville North, Hopkins, Osseo, DeLaSalle, Cretin and Minnetonka.
Here's a link to the full schedule. Plan your participation at the feast and enjoy!
Hi everybody. The web guy is out of town and so this report is brought to you by yours truly, the Backcourt Jester.
So this is my first game coverage. And what a game I get to cover. Here's the game story. We played at Mounds View. It's always a tricky place for us to play - cross town rivals and all that stuff. Even when we're good and they're not it's a tough game. And this year, they're good, so expect a hard game. Oh and every year it seems there's one or more technicals that effect the game.
Well the game didn't start great, and we were missing shots and in the first half we found ourselves down by 10. But by halftime it was all tied up at 33 each. In the second half we were leading by 7 late in the game, but then Mounds View did their typical stuff and started hitting 3s and right near the end of the game, they hit a shot and they took the lead 67-66, dang it. It looked bad for us. And it looked worse, when Jesper Horsted took an end of game shot that missed, but he grabbed his own rebound, and put it in right at the buzzer - oh my God - and we won! We won! Oh my God! We won. And that's a quote from the lady sitting next to me.
So I have to make a confession. I thought I had a man crush on a Roseville player. He was a tall, blond strong Scandanavian guy. And he was mysterious. I mean I couldn't figure out why he kept changing his jersey number during games. First he'd be wearing number 31 and then he'd switch to number 32 and then back again and then again, over and over. Now I know there's a bunch of you confused just like that, but it turns out they're two different guys. Yeah, I was surprised two.
Now when I look at them I keep thinking they must be Scandanvian twins like the sisters in the music group Taxi-Taxi. But they're not even related. So I don't have a man crush on Jesek Magnusted, I guess I have two man crushes! Hope that's still legal (giggle).
Bromance #31 is at Derek Magnuson. All he did in the game was dominate. He tied Kobe for the Roseville leading scorer and played his usual tough game inside. What was really cool was when Mounds View was called for a technical in the second half - yup this time it went against THEM, I can't believe it either - Coach Critchley chose biggest player on the team, Derek, to shoot the free throws. That's called trusting him. And it's called unusual, the biggest player being chosen. It sure means other teams can't use a Hack-a-Deraq plan against us (chuckle)!
And bromance #32 is to Jesper Hosted. Nothing much to report this game for Jesper. Except maybe the 12 points. Or maybe the 21 rebounds - 3 short of a record. Or maybe the half court steal and two handed double flush slam dunk that had the lady next to me squealing. Or maybe the basket at the buzzer that saved our bacon. If he came to the game in a bus, maybe he should have shown up on a white horse 'nstead (chuckle again). Swoon. I'm even thinking of changing my name to the Backcourt Jesper! Just kidding.
I can't wait until Friday night. We play White Bear Lake at home. You can be sure I'll be there cheering for my "twins" (ha, ha). I'll be the one wearing the hat with the three flopping points and the jingle bells sewn onto it. See you there.
In a home opener loss to St Paul Johnson, the Raiders displayed a clear look at some of their strengths, their vulnerabilities and one serious issue that the coaching staff may have appreciated coming to the surface prior to the beginning of conference play this coming week.
When the Raiders graduated 66% of last season's scoring, there may have been concern about where this year's points would come from. But after averaging 83 points per game in the first three games, some of that concern likely has been relieved. Each of the first three games has had a different leading scorer - Jesper Horsted, then Kyler Briggity, and in the Johnson game, Derek Magnuson - and each has scored at least 20 points in the game they led. Factor in that there have been four Raiders scoring double digits in each game thus far, and that Kobe Critchley's assist total (35) and assist to turnover ratio (35:10) are outstanding, the offensive foundation for the season is beginning to emerge.
In the past few years, Roseville has gained prominence as an up-tempo, guard-oriented team that was able to out pace their opponents and wear them out with a deep bench. In the Johnson game, the worm turned, and it was the Raiders that from time to time appeared gassed. In fact two illuminating statistics demonstrate the relative advantages of each team in the match up.
Roseville had a clear size advantage on the Johnson team. And that advantage was seized by Derek Magnuson (20 points, 17 rebounds) and Jesper Horsted (19 p, 15 r). And the contribution of the two bigs was very efficient, with the pair shooting 66% from the field.
Roseville's four primary backcourt players were not as efficient. Though contributing around 30 points to the total, it was done on a dismal 15% shooting, as the smalls went 6 for 40 from the field. A lot of this had to do with the speed and quickness of the Johnson team. But some of this came from a more insidious source.
A core of the Johnson offense comes from the early release of a player during potential defense to offense transitions, and the Raiders were burnt time and time again as a result of being slow to get back on defense. Trotting back, they were beaten up the court repeatedly by the aggressively counter-attacking Governors. Finding themselves out of position, the Raiders burned a lot of energy inefficiently, desperate to catch up the action. Coupled with the high tempo pace of the game, and you may well have the root cause of the Raiders being the gassed team in the second half.
The biggest disappointment of the night for the fans was watching as the lack of commitment on defense, when coupled with tired legs, on occasion, turned into outright neglect.
For all the areas for improvement that were visible during the game, the Raiders still flirted with victory. A three point basket by Lance Gardner in the last minute made it a one possession game, and the Raiders had a chance to send the tilt into overtime with another three pointer in the last ten seconds, but that shot only made it half way down, before rimming out and the Raiders had their first taste of defeat this season.
Final thought is that the 12 missed free throws on the 32 taken were another nail in the coffin. But free throws are less "free" when the shooter is gassed.
Bottom line, the Raiders appear to be a very talented team, with several areas of strength clearly defined and perhaps a team identity emerging. Getting this team to eliminate the mental time outs during offense to defense transitions will make an already good team even better.
This coming Friday night's home opener for the basketball team is also the annual Staff Appreciation event. Roseville teachers and staff will get in free, be recognized during the game, and if they choose to they can take part in the halftime scrimmage between two teams of teachers.
Come on out, everybody, to Friday's tilt, tip your hat to the Staff and cheer the Raiders on to victory over St Paul Johnson.
Congratulations to Kyler Briggity whose 21 and 22 point games to open the season drew the notice of the writers at the Weekend Highlights article.in their
Kyler's play against Eastview in the match-up at the Anoka-Ramsey Showcase earned him First Team All Tourney Honors. Roseville's Jesper Horsted was as also honored, being named to the All Tourney Second Team. Congratulations to both.
Roseville showed depth and balance in a highly entertaining, larger than expected 81-56 victory over a talented Eastview squad. The victory was in one of the featured games of the inaugural Anoka-Ramsey Basketball Showcase. The showcase, developed by Ron Larson, the legendary former St Francis High School coach who is now running the show at Anoka-Ramsey Community College got off on the right foot and looks poised to become a fixture in the lineup of annual showcases of MN high school basketball talent.
With the return of Jake Geyen who missed the season opener with an injury, Roseville started a big front court of Derek Magnuson, Jake Geyen and Jesper Hosted, with all three scoring in double figures and helping Roseville dominate the boards. Kyler Briggity, playing in his second varsity game topped the 21 points he scored in his initial game, by matching his jersey number with 22. Kobe Critchley kept the offense running in high gear, the Eastview defense off balance, and found open players in shooting position to build on his record setting assist numbers from last game.
Ted Critchley has a significant number of weapons at this disposal this year. After pounding with his bigs, he can go small and pull quick, active players off his bench. Senior Mark Kanake comes off the bench with aggressive defensive intensity, and two junior guards, Quinn Johnson and Joh Farmer can change the tenor of the game like a pair of ninja twins - relentless on defense, both are reliable ball handlers and threats to score on offense.
Add Mitch Poss to the list of options off the bench. In the Eastview game, Mitch came in and provided instant offense, falling just one point short of double figures. It's nice to see Mitch back and healthy after he he was sidelined with a bad back for much of last season.
One of the entertaining factors in the game was the use of the 35 second shot clock. With the up tempo nature of the game, the shot clock did not come into play much, but at one point in the second half, we were reminded of it as the bench started counting down from five seconds. The ball got to sharpshooter Evan Jones on the wing and he got off a three point attempt just before the buzzer - swish, for Evan's first varsity points.
Henry Bensen chipped in to make it ten Raiders who made it into the scoring column for the game. Eastview also had ten players score, but only Drew Guebert scored in double figures with 11 points. For all the points scored, it was the Roseville defense that made the deepest impression in this early season tilt.
The indefatigable Hoop Czar attended all 6 of the varsity match-ups of this inaugural showcase, and reports on the day in his blog. He cites Jesper Horsted as one of his four break-out performers of the day.
For the second game in a row, all eligible players got court time. And just as Jake Geyen returned for this game to give the Raiders a boost, it is expected that senior wing Lance Gardner will return next game adding another weapon to the quiver. That next game, by the way, is the first home game of the season and is against Johnson, Friday night December 6th at 7:15. Come on out and get an early glimpse of the 2013-14 version of Raider Basketball!
Hi again everybody. I guess my last article was ok, 'cause they're letting me add another.
Now I don't want to start a controversy (well maybe, but only a little) but I have to think that Minnesota Nice or something like that was ignored in our season opening win at St Louis Park.
If you look at the Records Page on this website, you'll see that the good teams of the last few years have rewritten almost all the records. There is only one old record still standing and that is James Henderson's 13 assists in a game from 2004-05.
And it should have been great to have "Little James" return and coach his first game for Roseville as the B Squad coach. And the B Squad held up their part of the deal, winning by a very large margin against St Louis Park.
But then Kobe Critchley went out and rudely had 16 assists in the Varsity game. Well there goes the welcome back party. And he did it wearin' jersey number 13. Man oh man. The boy sure can play basketball, but isn't it time somebody taught him manners?
Sorry Coach James. But welcome back from the rest of us!
The ongoing MSHSL discussion around the possible use of a shot clock in the future for high school basketball games allows for coaches to agree to use a shot clock in non-conference games, as a sort of trial-and-error way of seeing the results.
The use of the shot clock is extremely rare, many coaches eschewing use of the optional clock to have more control during the game. But in Saturday's 6:30pm game between Roseville and Eastview at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the coaches have decided to take advantage of the shot clock at the gym and will play the game with a shot clock.
Come out and support the 2013-14 Raiders and watch a game that has a bit more timing pressure than your typically high school game.
A deep and talented Roseville team got off to a strong start with a dominating 48 point victory against an undersized St Louis Park team loaded with underclassmen.
Four Raiders scored in double figures led by Jesper Horsted and Kyler Briggity with 22 and 21 respectively. Kobe Critchley and Quinn Johnson joined them in double digit scoring. Horsted, Briggity and Johnson were all enjoying their first time in the Varsity's starting line.
With balance between aggressive guard play and size dominance on the inside the Raiders got off to a quick start, ran and ran, and never looked back. All eligible players got court time for Roseville in this initial game of the season.
Next up for the Raiders is a game this Saturday night, 6:30, at Anoka-Ramsey Community College against the Eastview Lightening.
We've won 20+ games each of the last three seasons. But we are not alone in that. We won or shared our conference championship each of those last three years. Again, we are in good company. Our players play ball in the off season. Our players go on to play in college. Yes, yes, but that just makes us a first class program, it doesn't make us unique.
What sets us apart from every other program in the state is our unique nutrition program which ensures that our players are well nourished and hydrated on game days. Our nutrition program is now in its 7th year and over that time it has been refined and streamlined and now efficiently and effectively serves the goal of attending to the overall health of our players.
A key part of our Nutrition Program is the after-school light meal on game days. Each of the twenty one weekday game days will feature an after school meal. To manage those events we need an individual volunteer for each day. Or if you want to do this we a friend, absolutely you can volunteer as a pair.
This volunteer activity is easy, and it gives you a unique view of the bond and fraternity that exists among all the classes of our basketball program. Many hands make light work; please visit the Volunteer Page on this website and follow the directions to volunteer and support this program focused on the health and wellness of our players. Thanks in advance!
Howdy everybody, long off-season no see! Thanks to the webmaster for letting me back on the site. I promise to try to be more mature than last year.
But hey, I found something and I think I've got it figured out. Here is the Northstar Hoops Report list of the preseason top 10 teams in Minnesota along with their projected starting line-ups.
I think we should feel real good that they pick us at number 7. But there are two itsy-bitsy errors in our projected starting lineup. They have Jacques Perra as our starting shooting guard. But as we all know dang it Jacques will miss the season recovering from surgery.
But the projected small forward is listed as Jordan Farmer (guffaw)! But I got it. Well a farmer is just a super serious gardener, and of course jordan is Turkish for a spear or a lance, so quod erat demonstrandum (giggle) they must mean Lance Gardner. A+ for me, I think!
But please don't tell the Northstar guys about this. You know some people don't see humor clear like you and me. And I can't get in trouble this year, or else. Thanks.
Go Raiders! BcJ
If you are new to Raider's Basketball, check out the Nutrition Program found in the main menu.
We ask each family to contribute $40 to the nutrition program for each son they have in the basketball program. The program keeps all our athlete sons - 9th grade through 12th grade - fed and hydrated on game games.
The remaining costs of the nutrition program above and beyond the amount contributed by families is funded by the RBBC. Visit the Family Contribution page to see how to contribute your $40.
Last week the basketball players who also play on the RAHS football team - Jacques Perra, Jesper Horsted, Joh Farmer, Jake McKenzie, Henry Bensen, Tyler Olson and Peter Boerigter - suited up and took on Rosemount in the semi-finals of the State Football Tournament. Significant underdogs, the Raiders gave Rosemount their toughest test of the season, before eventually losing 35-28.
Special tip of the cap to Jacques Perra who has received a host of awards and is a finalist both for Mr MN Football and for the Gatorade MN Football Player of the Season. Jacques will miss the basketball season to undergo surgery to repair an injury that nagged him all season. Congratulations Jacques on a great season; we will miss ya.
Two basketballers who will play this season received football awards of note. Jesper Horsted was name to the All Metro First Team and the All Suburban East Conference Team. Joh Farmer received an All Suburban East Conference Honorable Mention award. Both Jesper and Joh were named as captains of next season's football team. Congratulations Jesper, Joh and all the boys who participated in this record setting season for RAHS football.
Congratlulations to Derek Magnuson who has received a scholarship offer to play basketball at MN State - Crookston. Derek had great summer and fall basketball seasons, and the offer is richly deserved.
Derek joins Lance Gardner and Kobe Critchley to have received scholarship offers in the run up to this season.
Even before the first tip-off of the new season, the Critcheys already have their most important victory! The newest Raider(ette) was delivered to Ted and Steph Critchley on November 2nd.
Kora Helen Critchley arrived at 20 inches and 6 lbs 11 oz. Hey when a basketball coach has a 6-11 daughter, it usually means for an exciting upcoming season. And while we do look forward with anticipation to the upcoming season, that 6-11 comes with the wrong units!
Happy to report that the girls - mom and daughter - are both doing well adjusting to their new states.
Welcome Kora, and Congratulations Stephanie and Coach, and Kobe, and Senior and the whole Critchley clan.
Roseville had another successful Fall Ball Season. The Varisty finished the strong Tonka League with a 6-2 record. And the JV sits at 5 -1 in the Breakdown League at Kennedy High School, with two more games to play.
Three of the varsity games each came with important lessons for the team.
Down by 14 points to highly rated Osseo, with their pair of Division I players in Ian Theisan and Wheeler Baker, the Raiders scratched and clawed their way back into the game, gradually cutting the deficit to a single point in the final minute of play. And when a potential game winning shot in the final seconds rimmed out, big Derek Magnuson beat Theisan to the ball and tipped in a basket to win the game for Roseville. Lesson: By playing team oriented ball they can come back and defeat a top notch State contender.
It is said that we can learn more from our failures than from our success, and in fact, the chance to learn is often the only positive you can take away from defeat. In the first loss of the season, a late game technical foul because of taunting turned what looked like a sure victory into a defeat. Lesson: In a team oriented game that relies on balance and poise, control of your emotions for the benefit of the team can be the difference between victory and defeat.
And the third "learning" game, came in the final game of the season against reigning State Champion and favorite to repeat, Apple Valley. A team loaded with talent and led by All-Everything guard Tyus Jones defeated our Raiders by 9 points. Lesson: They can play with the best team in the state. That lesson will be especially important in December when the Raiders meet Apple Valley in St Cloud in the Granite City Tournament.
Congratulations to the team. Boys, don't forget your lessons.
An other preseason preview has been published, but this one, rather than looking at the regular season looks at the Sections seedings and playoff.
The Hoop Czar has put out his preview for the end of season Section playoffs for our Section 4AAAA. He sees Roseville as competing for the number one seed, but being seeded second in Sections. The upside is that he sees Roseville defeating Tartan in the Section and going to state.
Let's make the Hoop Czar look good, boys!
Northstar Hoops agrees pretty much with the Twin Cities Hoop Czar (see below) that this coming season's Suburban East Conference race will be a three horse race among East Ridge, Cretin and Roseville. Northstar Hoops expects the SEC race to be the most competitive conference race among the major conferences in the state.
Unlike the Hoop Czar, however, Northstar Hoops picks Roseville to finish first in the conference. The Northstar Hoops website is a subscription based site, so for those of you without access here is a pdf of the article.
Over the last several years, as the Roseville program has risen to one of the elite programs in the state, college scouts at practices and games has become a greatly appreciated but standard occurrence. And a significant number of Roseville seniors have received scholarship offers and are now playing college ball.
And now, a new first, a Roseville junior has received a scholarship offer for the year after next. The University of MN - Crookston has offered a basketball scholarship to Kobe Critchley. Congratulations, Kobe. We anticipated this is the first of a healthy number of offers you will receive.
The always insightful Twin Cities Hoop Czar has published his annual Suburban East Conference preview for the upcoming season.
The Hoop Czar sees Roseville as a strong and contending team, contending with Cretin for second in the conference behind East Ridge.
The Hoop Czar also names Sophomore Henry Benson as an underclassman to watch. Congrats, Henry!
Coming off of three straight twenty win seasons, and three Suburban East Conference crowns, the Roseville Raiders learn that success leads to increasingly challenging paths to success. This years schedule has been evaluated as the toughest of all MN high school basketball schedules.
The boys' basketball season will start two weeks earlier than usual. This year, because of scheduling issues with the end of year tournaments, the Raiders open the season on Tuesday November 26th; that's the Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving!
And an interesting year it should be. Not only are the Raiders facing a schedule that will both test and develop them, but they've graduated 5 seniors who formed the nucleus of last season's squad. Add to that the likely absence of two seniors who were expected to be significant contributors; Mike Peterson has been forced out for health reasons, and Jacques Perra will probably have surgery on his left shoulder once the football season ends, to prepare for his anticipated college football career.
And yet the Raiders will enter the season with collection of strong players. The senior class will provide the size with the group of Lance Gardner, Jake Geyen and Derek Magnuson starting at 6'5" and going up from there. The junior class, led by two year starter Kobe Critchley and joined by another gang of four will contibute strong guard play.
Here are some of the key dates for the upcoming season:
| Nov 26||St Louis Park||Opening Game|
| Nov 30||Eastview|| Anoka-Ramsey Tournament|
| Dec 14||Armstrong|| Breakdown Tip-Off Classic|
| Dec 27||Apple Valley|| Granite City Classic|
| Jan 4|| Steak or Walleye|| Annual Community Meal at VFW|
| Jan 11||Minnetonka|| SEC-Lake Challenge|
And everything kicks off with Fall Ball which begins October 13th. This year, don't blink, or you're gonna miss the start of the season.
Roseville has named tri-captains for its 2013-14 Boys Basketball team. Seniors Jake Geyen and Derek Magnuson, along with Junior Kobe Critchley will lead the team.
On the 30th of June, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 31st home run. That is truly a remarkable total for just half a season. Here in Roseville, we have an expression for 31 in the first half, we call it 'doin' a Mack'!
Over on the basketball side, there was plenty of action on the courts too during the summer off-season for Roseville players. Here are a few items of note..
Summer League Results
Both the varsity and junior varsity teams had strong showings in the summer league at Eastview High School in June and early July. The varsity finished the regular season at 9 -1, and received the top seed in the Championship Tournament. The fell, however, to Richfield in tournament play.
An individual highlight from the summer was a dominating performance by Derek Magnuson. Roseville raced to an 11-0 lead in an early season game, with Derek, wearing number 11, scoring all 11 points. Derek's streak was broken when Jake Geyen scored two; scored those two on an assist from Magnuson.
Because many of the athletes have other sports during the summer league, the team is often operating with a very short bench. That led to two interesting end games for the Raiders. The first was a mid-season varsity game. Roseville was playing with only five players. So when one of the Roseville players picked up his fifth foul, the Raiders were forced to play the rest of the game with only four players. Coach Critchley deployed the most infrequently seen triangle-and-one defense, and Roseville played well enough to hold onto its lead and win the game.
It isn't often that you see a team of four defeat a team of five. But the JV almost did the varsity one better. In the semifinals of the JV Championship Tournament, the JV Raiders who also finished their regular season at 9-1, played with only five boys. Early in overtime, in quick succession two Raiders picked up their fifth fouls respectively and Roseville was forced to finish the game playing 5 on 3. Deploying the never before seen triangle-and-a-prayer defense, Roseville held their own. And when Evan Jones hit on a running and well contested lay-up with about 15 seconds left, he gave Roseville a two point lead and the prospect of pulling off the impossible win. A three pointer by Burnsville at the buzzer gave them a 45-44 victory, but the Roseville team was ebullient with the thought of what they had practically pulled off.
It was another strong summer showing for the Roseville program that continues to produce talented players and competitive teams.
Scholarship Offer for Lance Gardner
Lance Gardner goes into his senior season at Roseville with a college basketball scholarship offers already in hand. During the summer Lance received an offer from Jamestown College, current basketball home of former Raider, Logan Brown.
Kobe Critchley Draws Attention
In addition to playing for the Raiders in the summer league, Kobe Critchley played on the MN Cyclones, an elite AAU team. For his strong play during the summer - including being called out for strong play in the Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas - Kobe has been ranked as the #20 prospect in Minnesota in the Class of 2015.
On Tuesday September 24th 5-8pm, Chipotle and RBBC are teaming up for a delicious fundraiser. Eat at the Rosedale Chipotle on that night, give them a copy of this linked Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer, and Chipotle will donate half of the proceeds to the RBBC and Roseville Boys Basketball.
The seniors are now alumni, the juniors seniors and the sophomores juniors and the focus of RAHS basketball turns to next year's pursuit of a 4th straight Suburban East Conference championship. The first steps in that direction are the summer camp and summer clinic, both now underway and the Summer Basketball League which begins on Tuesday night June 11th and runs through June and July.
This year Roseville has shifted leagues and will compete in the Eastview Fast Break League at both the Varsity and JV levels. Games will be played at Eastview High School in Apple Valley; the Varsity will compete on Tuesday nights and the JV on Thursday nights.
Head Coach Ted Critchley will again provide a summer clinic for those players who will try out for any of next year's teams. The clinic is not required, but highly recommended in that it gives players a chance to better learn Coach Critchley's offensive and defensive schemes, helping both the individual player and the team.
It is understood that the boys will have other, sometimes conflicting obligations in the summertime, and that many of the boys will miss some number of the clinic times. But by signing up, and attending as many sessions as possible, players will put themselves in the best position for a successful season next year.
The Clinics will meet on Monday and Wednesday nights, starting on June 3rd, and ending on July 29th. Grades 9 & 10 (2013-14 school year grade levels) will work out from 6:00-7:30pm. Grades 11 & 12 will meet from 7:30-9:30pm.
The cost of participating in the clinic is $60.
Download the Summer Development Clinic enrollment form, complete it and route it back to Coach Critchley.