Grand Rapids falls in title tilt

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Mar 27, 2010 at 11:03 PM CDT

The Governors of St. Paul Johnson completed an undefeated season, living up to a near season-long top ranking and the tournament’s No. 1 seeding. Johnson endured a tough, close battle against the Thunderhawks of Grand Rapids 59-55 to earn their first state championship in the second consecutive and eighth overall tournament appearance. The Governors finished third in 2009. Each team held a significant lead in the game; Johnson by 10 and Grand Rapids by six. The lead changed six times and the game was knotted at six different points. The Governors’ depth can be shown in the 20 points that came from reserves, including 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals by junior guard Roosevelt Scott. Junior Tyler Estan had a game-high 20 points and team-high seven rebounds for Johnson. The unseeded Thunderhawks were led by seniors Eric Stark and Michael Johnson with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

One other side note, the Grand Rapids pep band had to miss the championship game, due to a previously planned trip to Florida. According to a report on state wide television, Grand Rapids principal Jim Smokrovich contacted St. Anthony superintendent Rod Thompson to see if their school band would perform for the Rapids fans. The St. Anthony band even dressed in orange to support the Thunderhawks.

Courtesy: mshsl.org