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Boys Hoops: Cretin-Derham Hall Shocks Defending Champ Apple Valley

Updated: 03/07/2014 1:07 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 9:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long & video by Andrea Mayeux

Cretin-Derham Hall can claim what may be the upset of the century in Minnesota boys' High School basketball after they upset No. 1-ranked and defending Class 3AAA Champion Apple Valley 89-77 in a double overtime Section Championship game Thursday.

Duke-bound Apple Valley senior Tyus Jones scored 35 points before leaving the game due to an injury with just under a minute left in overtime.

Michael Hannon scored 26 points and Donnell Gresham, who was matched up against Jones all night, scored 22 points for the Raiders.

After neither team scored in the first overtime, Cretin-Derham Hall took over in the second overtime - embarking on a 14-3 run to lead 87-77 with a minute to go.

The game was delayed several minutes with just under a minute to go in the second overtime as Jones and Dennis Austin were both injured.  Jones eventually returned, but Austin appeared to suffer a more serious back injury.

Cretin-Derham Hall shot 17-21 from the free throw line, helping them force overtime and double overtime as Apple Valley shot 65 percent on free throws.

The Raiders came into the game 22-6 on the season, but few outside of the historic Highland Park campus counted on them coming through with the massive upset.

Apple Valley had cruised in their two prior sectional playoff games, beating Rosemount 67-36 and Park, Cottage Grove 87-40.

Cretin-Derham Hall gained the final by beating Eastridge 72-63 and Henry Sibley 58-43.

Cretin-Derham Hall advances to next week's State Boys Basketball Championship for just the third time since 1995, and first since 2011.  The Raiders won state titles in 1991 and 1993.

Cretin-Derham Hall warms up before Thursday's section final.
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