Boy’s hoops: Panthers stay on road to state in win over Totino-Grace

Top seed Spring Lake Park didn’t let-up Wednesday night as they ended rival and No. 4 seed Totino-Grace’s season by way of a 73-56 score in the Section 3AAA semifinal played at Blaine High School March 14.

Spring Lake Park senior Jordan Themisch-Slepica (21) looks to make a basket inside the paint. Photo by Bill Jones

Panthers senior guard and captain Sean Scott led the way with 19 points while junior forward Robert Ben added 17 points to continue what has been a top one-two option in the state all season.

Spring Lake Park opened a 16 point lead over its North Suburban Conference rivals by the half and that stood over the second half as the Eagles could get no closer than six points in the second half.

Totino-Grace center Nick Carr had a game-high 25 points and senior guard Sam Meyer added 23 points, but it wasn’t enough.

The Panthers swept the regular season meetings including an 84-69 win in Fridley Jan. 10 followed by an 88-70 win at home Feb. 24.

Spring Lake Park's Robert Ben, left, looks to make a shot over the out-stretched arm of a Totino-Grace defender. Photo by Bill Jones

After Spring Lake Park lost back-to-back games to Irondale (104-101) and Columbia Heights (59-46) in early February was followed by four consecutive wins to close out the regular season, followed by two wins in section play.

Spring Lake Park will face No. 2 seed DeLaSalle in the section finals at Blaine High School March 16. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

The Islanders beat No. 3 seed St. Anthony in the other semifinal, 73-54, played after the Panthers game in Blaine. St. Anthony senior Anthony Brama had a game-high 29 points while the Islanders were led by sophomore foreward Reid Travis had 26 points, freshman guard Jarvis Johnson added 16 and junior guard Luke Scott had 15 points.

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