The Minnesota Magic move to the Elite Eight

The Minnesota Magic advanced to the Elite Eight in the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas with a 50-49 win over the Illinois Wolves. Gopher commit Al Nolen hit two free throws as the Magic rallied from a 48-44 deficit. They advanced to the quarterfinals to face prohibitive tournament favorite Southern California All Stars.

The Minnesota Magic advanced to the championship game as they jumped out to an early 14-5 lead. They led 24-15 before the Illinois Wolves rallied to take the halftime lead, 30-28. The Wolves led 48-44, but Jon Leuer's jumper tied the game at 48-48.

Illinois commit Demetri McCarney missed both free throws and Nolen countered by making both attempts from the charity stripe. McCarney made one of two free throws and the Illinois Wolves were forced to foul Blake Hoffarber after a missed shot, but Hoffarber missed the front end of a one-on-one. McCarney's shot at the buzzer came up short as the Magic advanced.

Al Nolen led the Magic with 16 points as he was four of eight from the field and made all seven free throws. Leuer had his best game in Las Vegas as he made six of eight shots and finished with 13 points.

The Magic earlier defeated AFE Wizards 62-47 as they dominated the offensive glass, grabbing 28 offensive caroms. Hoffarber continued his strong play as he scored 17 points and finished as the team's only double-figure scorer. Jon Leuer, who has attracted the most recruiting attention, missed all 10 shots from the field as he scored just four points.

43 Hoops 16-and-under team fell to the Indiana Sharks Select to end their run in the adidas Super 64 Championship.

Former Minnesota AAU standout Trevor Mbakwe saw his run in Vegas end when the Worldwide Renegades lost to Team Breakdown 82-72.

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