Post-season begins for Roseville, Concordia boys basketball

The road to the state tournament begins this week for the boys basketball teams at Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy. Both squads are seeded fourth in their respective sections.

Roseville

The Raiders play in Section 4AAAA, one of the more balanced sections. All eight teams have won at least 10 games each and the top seed finished with eight losses.

Roseville (13-13) drew fifth-seeded Stillwater (12-14) in the quarterfinals. The two teams split a pair of games in the regular season with Roseville winning 92-75 at Stillwater on Dec. 17 and the Ponies returning the favor 68-61 on Jan. 28.

The Raiders spent the first half of the season in first place in the Suburban East Conference before stumbling through a four-game losing streak that included the loss to Stillwater. Roseville snapped the streak with a win over Park-Cottage Grove but managed just a 4-4 record in its final eight regular-season games.

Roseville heads into Wednesday’s game on a two-game losing skid after dropping games to Woodbury and Cretin-Derham Hall last week. A win over the Ponies would send the Raiders to Saturday’s semifinals at East Ridge High School against either eighth-seeded North St. Paul (10-16) or top-seeded Woodbury (18-8).

Concordia Academy

The Beacons are in Section 4AA, which ended up with some interesting seeding. Top-seeded Minnehaha Academy (13-13) is .500 while the second and third seeds have noticeably better records.

Concordia (13-12) opens the post-season on Tuesday with a home game against 13th-seeded Mounds Park Academy. Both schools are members of the Tri-Metro Conference but MPA does not play a conference schedule.

The Beacons started the season by winning eight of its first nine games but then dropped five in a row. They closed out the regular season by alternating wins and losses over their last eight games and then went 1-2 in the conference tournament.

A victory on Tuesday would send Concordia to the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Beacons would be at home again, taking on either fifth-seeded St. Croix Lutheran or 12th-seeded St. Paul Washington.

The section tournament continues next week with the semifinals on March 4 and the section title game on March 7 at Macalester College.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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