Junior forward Gary Trent Jr.’s 23 points, 11 more from fellow senior front court mate Cameron Kirksey and a steady floor game from sophomore point guard Tre Jones — who chipped in eight — helped No. 3 seeded Apple Valley to a 77-57 Class AAAA state boys’ basketball quarterfinal victory over Blaine at the Target Center Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles raced out to 50-25 halftime lead and didn’t look back. The victory sets up a showdown with Hopkins. Apple Valley, who now sports a 29-1 record, lost 89-81 to the Royals in December.
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.