Minnesota Magic falls in Big Time quarters

Minnesota Magic Elite fell in the quarterfinals of the Reebok Big Time Tournament Wednesday, falling to the eventual champions Southern California All Stars, 72-63. The Magic finished the tournament 6-2, despite not having Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-11 center from Bloomington (MN) Jefferson, who is now playing for Fox Valley Skillz.

The Magic Elite led 35-33 before Kevin Love hit two free throws to knot the score at 35 at halftime. The Magic were led by 6-foot-4 Blake Hoffarber, who had 20 points, including four three-pointers. Six-foot-10 Jon Leuer added 16 points, while 6-foot-5 Eric Carlson added 12 points and 6-foot-0 point guard and Minnesota commitment Al Nolen chipped in with 10 points.

The Southern California All Stars were led by 6-foot-10 rising sophomore Renardo Sidney with 21 points on nine of nine shooting from the field. He got plenty of support from Kevin Love, who added 14 points and pulled down 11 boards. Six-foot-3 junior point Brandon Jennings chipped 15 points and handed out nine assists. Malik Story added 10 points to the cause.

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