HA Basketball Classic – Saturday

The 29th annual Holy Angels Basketball Classic concluded Saturday night with Richfield and St. Frances Cabrini claiming top honors.

The 8th grade finale saw Richfield capture the championship with a convincing win over St. Mary-Menomonee Falls, 49-35. The Raiders jumped out to a 17-7 lead and never looked back. Tony Brandner led all scorers with 14 points, closely followed by Joey Glynn (13) and Nicco James (11). Ryan Waldhuetter and Andy VonBank had 8 points each for St. Mary’s.

The 7th grade championship game featured tenacious defense by St. Frances Cabrini and Christ King. The low-scoring affair saw Christ King slowly build a 19-14 lead at the end of three periods. A pair of baskets in the paint by Nick Spies and a driving layup by Aaron Johnson sparked the Cabrini Knights to their first lead at 22-21 halfway through the fourth period. The teams traded baskets, but Ben Callan gave Christ King a 25-24 lead with less than a minute left in regulation. Down the stretch, neither team was allowed to score until Spies was fouled on an inside move. The bank was open for Cabrini as Spies connected on a pair of free throws with :14 in the clock to give the Knights a 26-25 lead. That was good enough for the win and the championship as a last second shot rimmed out for Christ King. Johnson led all scorers with 14 points; Callan led Christ King with 13 points.

Holy Angels-White and Holy Angels-Blue met in the eighth grade final for fifth place. At halftime, the game had all of the look of a WBE vs. WBW battle with Blue holding onto a thin 19-17 lead. A 13-4 scoring blitz in the third period gave the Blue squad the winning margin as teams exchanged baskets in the final period. Final score: HA-White 41, HA-Blue 29. Brandon Spaeth (12), Clint Banfield (12) and Joe Meurer (10) led the Blue scoring, while Nate Fischer (9) and Cody Ott (8) paced the White team.

In consolation bracket games in the seventh grade division, Holy Angels-Blue couldn’t find the basket as St. Boniface grabbed a 10-2 first period lead and a 18-7 margin at the half. The Royals caught fire in the third period and cut the lead to 27-23. A three point shot by Samuel Bollen in the closing seconds gave Holy Angels hope at 31-30, but that was as close as the host school would get as Calvin Gardner added a buzzer beater to give St. Boniface at 33-30 victory and the fourth place trophy.

Holy Angels-White (7th grade) had six players in the scoring column vs. three for Port Catholic and the extra scoring power was the difference in a 46-37 win for the Royals. Leading the way for Holy Angels was Jim Dieck with 20 points, followed by Trenton Rehman with 12. Andrew Erlwig tallied 17 points for the Phoenix, while Lucas Brost and Shane Rabideaux each chipped in 10.

Final Standings…7th Grade: 1st-St. Frances Cabrini; 2nd-Christ King; 3rd-St. Kilian; 4th-St. Boniface; 5th-St. Mary-Menomonee Falls; 6th-Holy Angels-Blue; 7th-Holy Angels-White; 8th-Port Catholic.

8th Grade: 1st-Richfield; 2nd-St. Mary-Menomonee Falls; 3rd-St. Kilian; 4th-St. Frances Cabrini; 5th-Holy Angels-White; 6th-Holy Angels-Blue.

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