Twin Cities basketball fans got an opportunity to see Minnesota's all-time leading basketball scorer Anders Broman Saturday morning but it was Onalaska's Matt Thomas who stole the spotlight, scoring 43 points and 14 rebounds. to lead the Hilltoppers to a 77-62 win over the Lakeview Christian Academy Lions in the 2013 Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center.
Thomas, an Iowa State recruit was one point away from tying the event's single game scoring record of 44, set by Duluth East's Rick Rickert in 2001.
The Hilltoppers started the game on a 4-0 run, which included an inside layup toThomas on a pass from Clint Rihm. Bjorn Broman hit a three pointer to put the Lions in front but the lead was short-lived as Onalaska went on an 8-0 run and they didn't lose the lead.
Thomas showed a tremendous inside game and also hit from distances between I-90 and downtown Minneapolis to score 23 first half points en route to a 43-32 halftime lead.
Rihn got Onalaska going 1:12 into the second half. Anders Broman, heading for South Dakota State next season picked up his thrid foul with 12:05 left and didn't leave the game. Lakeview Christian Academy could not lower the margin below 10 as Thomas and the Hilltoppers displayed athleticism, defense and outstanding shooting
Dustin Gordon was the only other Hilltopper in double figures, scoring 12 points. The Broman brothers led the Lions in scoring with Anders tallying 26 and Bjorn 21.
Lakeview Christian Academy head coach Bob Newstrom gave his views on coaching a player of Anders Broman's caliper. "He makes most of the things we work on easier than you might think." He also mention about Anders playing for South Dakota State.
"I thin that folks will be surprised.""