Minnetonka Edges Henry Sibley in 78-74 Win

Minnetonka used an 11-1 run to defeat Henry Sibley 78-74 Tuesday in a non-conference matching of two of the state's top basketball teams. Minnetonka, who is ranked No. 1 in the state, improved to 3-0, while Henry Sibley, who lost to No. 3 Osseo in their season opener, fell to 2-2.

Minnetonka jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Sibley guard Peter Leslie heated up, hitting three three-pointers as he scored 13 first-half points and Sibley led 35-32 at halftime. Chris Halvorsen added 10 points and Maurice Hernandez hit two from beyond the arc for six points. Iowa commit Anthony Tucker scored 13 points in the first half.

The game went back and forth in the second half with the game tied at 52-52. However, Sibley missed 7 of 10 free throws during the 11-1 run. The Warriors cut the margin to 68-65, but Tucker countered with a three-pointers with 1:54 left in the game to make the score 71-65. A layup by Taylor Nelson with 1:20 to go put the Skippers up 73-65.

Tucker had a game-high 25 points, hitting five three-pointers. C.J. Erickson, who signed with Evansville had 15 points, and Tyler Schilling, who is headed to Division II St. Michael's added 12.

Peter Leslie paced Henry Sibley with 24 points as he made five three-pointers. Chris Halvorsen had 16 points, but made just 5 of 14 from the line. He was 2 of 8 from the charity stripe in the second half and missed his first six free throws in the half. Mike Bruesewitz fouled out with 51.3 seconds left had 13 points in the loss. Valparaiso attended the game and watched Bruesewitz, who is expected to visit the campus next month.

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