Arguably the greatest high school basketball career in Minnesota history came to a close Thursday night as Tyus Jones
and national No. 10 Apple Valley
were stunned by Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
89-77 in the Minnesota Class AAAA Section 3 title game.
Apple Valley's setback was one of four for nationally-ranked teams on a wild Thursday night of basketball around the country. Three of those elite squads saw their seasons come to a close in stunning fashion.
Jones and the Eagles (27-2) were a heavy favorite to repeat as Minnesota's AAAA champs but instead come up a game short of next week's state tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Apple Valley went 58-3 over the past two seasons with the future Duke Blue Devil at the point guard spot.
In his final outing, Jones tallied 35 points, eight assists and six steals during a double-overtime thriller recapped here
by Ron Haggstrom of the Star Tribune.
In Tennessee, another title favorite in national No. 11 White Station (Memphis)
is headed home following a 70-65 loss to Arlington
. Like Apple Valley, the Spartans won't have the opportunity to play in the state tourney.
No. 25 Brookfield Central
is the third ranked team now done for the year, falling to King (Milwaukee)
77-74 in the Wisconsin Division 1 sectional semifinals. The Lancers entered the contest with a 24-0 record.
No. 22 DeMatha (Hyattsville)
was upset by Clinton Christian (Upper Marlboro)
in the second round of a newly-created tournament for Maryland private school teams. However, the Stags (27-5) will continue their season next weekend (March 13-15) at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational.