Minnehaha boys basketball outlasts Wazyata, remain undefeated
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The Minnehaha Redhawks boys basketball team defeated the Wazyata Trojans 70-63, Thursday evening at Bergstrom Court on Minnehaha’s campus.
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Wayzata is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A and led by junior Camden Heide, who has a Gopher offer, among many high major ones. Heide scored 13 for the Trojans. Junior Carter Bjerke led the way for Wayzata, dropping 15 on all three-point shots. St. Thomas has offered him.
Minnehaha is the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A and led by top high school player Chet Holmgren. Holmgren tied for the game-high in scoring with 19 points. Holmgren was tied by teammate Prince Aligbe, who had a knack for scoring the big buckets. Aligbe has many big-time college offers, including from the Gophers.
Wayzata led the game 22-18 with about seven minutes left in the first half. But, Holmgren hit a transition three, and Aligbe hit a handful of layups and dunks to put the Redhawks up 38-32 at the half.
In the second half, Aligbe stepped up. Whenever Minnehaha needed to make a play, Aligbe would deliver. His play was highlighted by a block on one end and a monster two-handed dunk on the other to put Minnehaha up 65-59 with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Redhawks would hit its free throws and win 70-63.
Wayzata drops to 5-2, while Minnehaha improves to 5-0.