Outstanding play in state boys’ basketball tournament

PrepScenesquareIt was quite the state boys’ basketball tournament this past week at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Sacar Anim scored 30 points in leading DeLaSalle to a fourth consecutive Class 3A title by defeating St. Paul Johnson, who got a team-leading 19 points from Jalen Mobley, 82-64.

Gary Tent Jr.’s 15 points led Apple Valley to their second Class 4A title in three years, outscoring Champlin Park, led by Marty Hill’s game-high 19 points, 64-61.

Melrose defeated Caledonia 63-51 to capture the Class 2A championship, while Rushford-Peterson got past Maranatha Christian 51-44 for the class 1A crown.

Mankato East placed fourth in Class 3A, and Shakopee took third in Class 4A.

Here are some of the tournament’s top players:

Sacar Anim
Sacar Anim


Jarvis Johnson — 6-1 senior guard: Four-year starter and University of Minnesota recruit, was the coolest and calmest player in the tournament.

Sacar Anim — 6-5 senior guard: Marquette signee was quietly the most dominant player in the tournament.

Josh Collins — 6-5 senior forward: University of North Dakota nee was overshadowed by his teammates, but he asserted himself throughout the tournament.

Goanar Mar — 6-6 sophomore forward: Will lead next year’s bid for a 5-peat.

Jeffrey Daubanton — 6-5 senior: Played steady throughout the tournament.

Apple Valley

Gary Trent Jr. — 6-5 sophomore guard: Was dominant in state title game.

Tre Jones — 6-1 freshman guard: Ran the team like a senior.

Jordan Bolton — 5-11 guard: Was as steady as they come.

Cameron Kirksey — 6-6 junior forward: Scored when they needed him to.

Brock Bertram — 7-0 junior center: Took care of things in the middle.

St. Paul Johnson

Jalen Mobley — 6-1 senior guard: Four-year starter led the Governors to third tournament appearance in four years.

Eric Elliot — 6-4 senior forward: Played well despite fighting foul trouble during the tournament.

Malik Jones — 5-10 senior guard: Saved his best for the tournament.

Andre Smith — 5-11 guard: Sharpshooter should be lead guard next year with Mobley gone.

Carlin Clarke — 6-2 junior guard: His 11 points in the title game bodes well for next year.

Champlin Park

JT Gibson — 6-3 senior guard: Had the Rebels on the brink of a championship.

Jeremy Johnson — 6-4 senior guard: Slashing guard was among the tournament’s most aggressive players in a good way.

Theo John — 6-8 sophomore forward: Inside play gives Rebels a bright future.

Marty Hill — 6-5 senior guard: His clutch play and shooting kept Rebels in title hunt.

McKinley Wright — 6-0 sophomore guard: Was as good as any guard in the tournament.

Mankato East

George Alhau — 6-4 senior guard: The 6-4 senior was East’s best player.

Mattu Choul — 6-1 senior guard: The 6-1 senior played very steadily during the tournament.

CJ Ayers — 6-2 junior guard: Showed great leaping ability as well as outside shooting.


Stephon Mitchell — 6-7 junior forward: Nearly led Sabers to the title game

Maranantha Christian Academy

Damario Armstrong — 6-0 junior guard: His steady play was key during tournament.

Jeremiah Hanson — 6-4 senior forward: Clearly one of the tournament’s top players.

It was an outstanding tournament.

Mitchell Palmer McDonald welcomes reader responses to mmcdonald@spokesman-recorder.com.