The Huskies took down Minnehaha Academy 72-65 earning the Class AA state title. Albany finished the season 32-1.
The 32-1 Huskies
Albany’s game plan to go under all ball screens whenhad the ball, and to extend their help deep making sure all the speedy Williams shots were over length, was crucial.
Williams was solid scoring 16 points with 5 assists but he wasn’t able to have the same impact he did versus Holy Family. In addition, Ethan Borgerding played one of his best games of the season going head to head with. Rolyns had 20 points and 8 rebounds but Borgerding countered with a 16 point, 11 rebound double-double.
From there it was the depth of Albany that also provided an advantage. Seniorand sophomore outplayed their match-ups with Gerads scoring 19 (8 boards) and Hondl producing 14 (7 boards). hit four threes in the corner but the Redhawks excellent March run was eight points short
of Albany (sr). Tysen scored 19 points and in this game I noticed his length in so many different ways. Gerads extended to finish, used his length on defense contesting several shots to failure, and even that jumper extension was key. He has a chance to be special for the Dragons.
of Albany (soph). Sam as a really interesting player. He has a nice touch but does not over use it. Not a main ball handler but they relied on him to bring the ball up the floor against size when pressured. Not what I would call a low post player but boards well. Versatile but room to grow. Interesting and effective.
(jr) of Minnehaha Academy (soph). His speed beat Minnehaha Academy and forced Albany to gameplan in a special way. Jerome might be one of the best finishers after contact I’ve ever seen and his pull-up is outstanding. So fun to watch, and respect.
of Minnehaha Academy (sr). Rolyns will be a top 20 prospect in Minnesota when we resort the rankings soon. He’s grown physically and his game has grown so much. So strong and thick but really quick off his feet for his size. Great right hand touch and such a quick turn. Plays with passion. As he matures physically in a college weightroom and matures with age he has a chance to be even better. Scholarship potential.
Ethan Borgerding of Albany (sr). Ethan might have been the silent MVP. His rebounding efforts were crucial as he grabbed 11 and Ethan scored early forcing Aligbe to respect him, and then he put fouls on Aligbe helping foul Rolyns out. A 16 & 11 showing that Albany will always remember