QUARTERFINALS • WEDNESDAY
• Buffalo 82, St. Paul Johnson 61
• Lakeville South 81, Woodbury 57
• Apple Valley 68, Bloomington Jefferson 66
• Armstrong 63, Andover 50
SEMIFINALS • TODAY
At Target Center
• Buffalo (26-3) vs. Lakeville South (17-13), 6 pm
• Apple Valley (24-5) vs. Armstrong (21-9), 8 pm
CHAMPIONSHIP • SATURDAY
At Target Center
• Semifinal winners, 8 pm
THIRD PLACE • SATURDAY
At Concordia (St. Paul)
• Semifinal losers, 4 pm
Buffalo 82, St. Paul Johnson 61
Buffalo jumped out to a 49-20 halftime lead as they cruised to a 82-61 in the opening game. The Bison made 15 of 17 two-point shots in the first half and shot 19 of 26 overall.
Buffalo, making its first appearance in the state tournament in 76 years, improved to 26-3 with the win.
Karl Olson led the Bison with 22 points as he made six of seven shots from the field. Darrin Olmscheid scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half. Dee Broadnax and Josh Ortmann each added 13 points.
Dion Suggs scored 22 points, including 19 in the second half to lead the Governors (24-5).
Lakeville South 81, Woodbury 57
The Cougars opened the game with a 10-0 run and rolled to a 81-57 win, their first ever playoff victory.
The Cougars led by as many as 22 points in the first half, but the Royals scored the final eight points of the first half to cut the margin to 40-26. Woodbury scored the first basket of the second half, but Lakeville South went on a 21-6 run to seal the victory.
Brady Soule had 21 points for the Cougars and Marcus Brumm added 19. Brett Sorenson chipped in with 14 points and Greg Turbes added 10 points for the Cougars.
Lakeville South slowed down Woodbury's Max Hintz, holding him to a six of 25 shooting performance and 19 points, six below his season average. Hinz was named first team All-Metro by the Star Tribune early this week.
Apple Valley 68, Bloomington Jefferson 66
Apple Valley defeated Lake Conference rival Bloomington Jefferson 68-66. This was the third meeting of the year and the teams had split the two regular season matchups.
Steve McGuiggan had 31 points, seven steals and four assists for Apple Valley (24-5). McGuiggan's scoring average is 16.
Brett Hubler added 19 points and Aaron Ford scored 13 for Apple Valley.
McDonald's All-American Cole Aldrich lead the Jaguars with 32 points and 21 rebounds. Sophomore Moses Alipate had 19 points for the Jaguars (23-6).
Armstrong 63, Andover 50
Carter Biewen had 22 points to lead Armstrong to a 63-50 win over Andover. Illinois State recruit Alex Rubin had 12 points and Ben Vathing added eleven. Mike Schmidt led Andover with 14 and Scott Jesser had 12.
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