Eagles, Panthers play in state quarterfinals Wednesday

Class 4A boys basketball tourney takes place at Target Center

Lakeville North guard Ethan Igbanugo, shown during a regular-season game against Rochester  Century, scored 28 points in the Panthers' 81-61 victory over Rochester John Marshall in the Class 4A, Section 1 championship game last Friday. Photo by Jim Lindquist/sidekick.smugmug.com
Lakeville North guard Ethan Igbanugo, shown during a regular-season game against Rochester Century, scored 28 points in the Panthers’ 81-61 victory over Rochester John Marshall in the Class 4A, Section 1 championship game last Friday. Photo by Jim Lindquist/sidekick.smugmug.com

The two South Suburban Conference teams in the state boys basketball tournament, Apple Valley and Lakeville North, received the third and fourth seeds in Class 4A.

Apple Valley (27-2), playing in the state tournament for the fourth time in five years, got the No. 3 seed and will play unseeded Cretin-Derham Hall (21-8) in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Target Center. Fourth-seeded Lakeville North (27-2) plays fifth-seeded Wayzata (26-3) at noon. The Panthers are playing at state for the sixth consecutive year.

In other Class 4A quarterfinals Wednesday, top-seeded Champlin Park (29-0) faces Chaska (24-5) at 10 a.m., and No. 2 seed Maple Grove (27-2) plays Andover (11-18) at 2 p.m.

The Champlin Park-Chaska winner plays Lakeville North or Wayzata in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Target Center. The Apple Valley-CDH quarterfinal winner faces Maple Grove or Andover at 8 p.m. The Class 4A final is 8 p.m. Saturday.

Five of the teams in the Class 4A tourney have won state championships, but Apple Valley’s and Lakeville North’s are the most recent. Apple Valley won the Class 4A title in 2013 and 2015, and Lakeville North won in 2014. Wayzata, by contrast, is appearing at state for the first time since winning the single-class tourney in 1959.

The five seeded teams in Class 4A are a combined 136-9. Apple Valley’s two losses are to the teams seeded ahead of the Eagles at state, Champlin Park and Maple Grove. But the Eagles own two regular-season victories over Lakeville North and one over Cretin-Derham Hall. The Apple Valley-CDH quarterfinal is a rematch of a Dec. 13 regular-season game won by the Eagles 71-59.

Lakeville North’s only two losses are to Apple Valley. The Panthers also defeated state tourney entrants Cretin-Derham Hall and Chaska during the regular season.

Apple Valley won its third consecutive Class 4A, Section 3 championship March 16, pulling away in the second half to defeat Rosemount 72-60 at Farmington High School. The Eagles broke a 36-36 halftime tie by scoring 12 of the first 14 points of the second half.

Junior guard Tre Jones led Apple Valley with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Senior guard Mohamed Kone had 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Junior guard Luke Martens had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior forward Alec Loehr had a game-high 24 points for Rosemount, including 18 in the first half. Senior guard Myka Edmond had 17 points and senior forward Luke Loehr scored 12 for the Irish, which finished 15-14.

Lakeville North defeated Rochester John Marshall 81-61 in the Class 4A, Section 1 championship game last Friday at Mayo Civic Center. It’s the fifth year in a row the Panthers beat JM in the section final.

Panthers forward Nathan Reuvers, who averages 26 points a game, went scoreless in the first half of the section final, and yet North led 32-25. Guards Ethan Igbanugo, Tyler Wahl and Trevor Schermann did plenty of damage, combining for 57 points. Igbanugo had a game-high 28 points and made four three-point field goals.

Reuvers got it going offensively in the second half, scoring 12 points. He also had eight rebounds and three blocks.

The Panthers held John Marshall’s best player, sophomore forward Matthew Hurt, to 16 points. North also made 33 of 56 shots (59 percent) from the field.

John Marshall, 25-4, saw its 22-game winning streak end.