THE FRIDAY TICKET
Robins win MYAS State Title
April 14, 2014Minnesota Score
Kjell Hokanson poured in 18 points and Ben Everson hit three consecutive second-half three pointers as the Robbinsdale Robins (Blue) beat Champlin Park 56-52 to win the MYAS 9th/10th grade boys state basketball championship played at Osseo High School.
The Robins led 29-28 at the half despite losing freshman forward Romerro Cunningham to an ankle injury early in the game. Cunningham was the team's leading rebounder and 3rd leading scorer on the season. But the Robins hung on without Cunningham thanks to a quick start by Royale Williams who had seven first half points. Williams, Matt Lutgen, Steven Fitzsimmons, Will Johnson and Tony Langfellow all contributed first half baskets to lead the Robins.
Despite being slowed by his injured ankle, Cunningham returned in the second half chipping in eight points and eight rebounds down the stretch to help seal the victory.
In the semi-finals the 5th seeded Robins knocked off top seeded Osseo/Maple Grove 56-54 thanks in part to Everson's 13 second half points, including another trio of three pointers. Josh Lehnertz contributed two second half rebounds and a key steal while Cunningham snapped a 54-54 tie with a drive through the lane and basket with 14 seconds to go that turned out to be the gamewinner.
In the quarterfinals the Robins held off 4th seeded Bloomington 55-47. Bloomington trailed by 13 with two minutes to go and cut it to four with less than a minute in the game before Johnson hit two key free throws down the stretch for Robbinsdale. Hokanson again led with 15 while Williams tossed in nine and freshman Jackson Nash added eight for Robbinsdale.
The Robins opened the 12-team state tournament, beating 12th seeded White Bear Lake 67-28. Hokanson led the Robins with 18, Everson had 16, Fitzsimmons had 10 and Langfellow added seven in the victory.
The Robins are a collection players from Cooper and Armstrong High Schools and included two teams at the 9th/10th grade level (Blue and Gold). Both teams played a schedule of MYAS league games, plus games against several high school freshman, sophomore and JV teams. The State Champion Robins (Blue) team finished the season with an overall record of 19-and-6.