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State boys basketball roundup: Totino-Grace, Mankato East set for Class 3A championship clash

State boys basketball roundup: Totino-Grace, Mankato East set for Class 3A championship clash

Class 3A

Totino-Grace 74, DeLaSalle 67: The Islanders led top-seeded Totino-Grace 58-54 with fewer than eight minutes to play in Thursday’s Class 3A state semifinals, only to have the Eagles go on a 20-5 run to flip the contest and secure their third straight trip to the state final.

Miami commit Isaiah Johnson delivered perhaps the performance of his career for Totino-Grace (26-5), finishing with 28 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals.

Chace Watley added 15 points. Totino-Grace held fifth-seeded DeLaSalle (21-10) to 27% shooting in the second half.

Mankato East 65, Alexandria Area 62: Mankato East dug itself out of a 14-0 hole to open the game. After the slow start, Mankato East went on an immediate 22-8 run to knot the game before half.

It was largely back and forth from there. with Mankato East (28-2) putting the game away at the free-throw line. The second-seeded Cougars went 8 for 9 from the charity stripe over the final two minutes.

Gophers commit Grayson Grove had 17 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two turnovers for third-seeded Alexandria, while Carsen Schweim had 15 points and seven boards to pace the Cougars.

Totino-Grace and Mankato East will square off for the 3A title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena.

Class A

Cherry 78, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 46: Gophers commit Isaac Asuma tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds as the top-seeded Tigers downed the defending state champs in a quarterfinal at Target Center.

Asuma’s brother, Isaiah, led Cherry with 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting. Cherry will meet fifth-seeded Nevis in the semifinals at noon Friday at Williams Arena. Cherry (29-2) has lost in the semis each of the past two seasons.

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