Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School was packed Saturday night as fans got to see Minnesota's top boys basketball player Tyus Jones of Apple Valley and he did not disappoint, scoring a game high 29 points to lead the Eagles to a 73-63 win over the DeLaSalle Islanders in the final game of the Breakdown Tip Off Classic.
Gary Trent Jr, the son of former Minnesota Timberwolf Gary Trent got the Eagles on the board 48 seconds into the game. After Sacar Anim's basket tied the game, the Islanders went on a 4-0 run before Apple Valley tied the game at six. The lead changed hands as Jamar Johnson's basket put the Islanders in front and Trent Jr. gave the Eagles the lead with a three pointer. He hit another to increase the lead before DeLaSalle tied the game at 17.
Apple Valley vaulted into the lead on a pair of free throws from Tyus Jones. He also picked up an assist on Trent Jr.'s third three pointer. Then Tyus Jones gave the crowd a dazzling display of athleticism as he scored five straight points to push the margin to eight and that was also the number they led by at the half 36-28.
The Eagles started the second half on a 7-0 run, which included a Tyus Jones dunk. James Lawson ended the run for DeLaSalle on a free throw. Geno Crandall, who scored only four points in the first half began to heat up and put the Islanders on a 5-0 run. Apple Valley counter with a 6-0 run, including four straight from Tyus Jones, who will be headed for Duke next season.
Crandall kept DeLaSalle in the game as he hit four consecutive points to cut the lead to five. Dennis Austin also scored four straight points to put the game away for Apple Valley.
The only other player in double figures for the Eagles was Trent Jr with 17 points. Crandall led the Islanders with 23, scoring 19 in the second half. Johnson added 15 and Anim 14.
Apple Valley improved their record to 4-0 and returns to Hopkins on Tuesday, December 10 for a 7 PM game with the Royals. DeLaSalle fell to 1-1 and will play in the boys Breakdown Tip Off Classic on Saturday, December 14 against the Osseo Orioles at Minnetonka at 7 PM.
One other player with Timberwolves connections played in Saturday's game. Malcolm Porter is the son of Terry Porter. Also, as stated in a previous piece, Reid Travis did not play since he's recovering from an off season stress fracture in his left ankle.