The winningest senior class in Villanova history was about 10 minutes away from an early exit. Then they started to play Villanova basketball. It’s basic definition, attack the boards, drive to the basket, get to the foul line. With Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham perfecting that strategy, American’s upset threat was thwarted.
It’s not the berth in the East Region championship game. Or the lopsided win over a crosstown rival.
No, the biggest thing for Grand Forks Central in Friday’s 6-0 win over Grand Forks Red River in an East Region semifinal game in Purpur Arena is that the Knights are headed back to the North Dakota state tournament after a two-year hiatus.
Nick Brenneman is proving he’s one of the team’s top offensive players, too. The junior scored the game-winning goal to lead North to a 2-1 victory against Devils Lake-Cando in a loser-out game at the East Region boys hockey tournament Friday in Purpur Arena.
A predictable first day at the East Region boys hockey tournament has set the stage for an unpredictable second day. Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central each won quarterfinal games Thursday in Purpur Arena to set up tonight’s 8:30 semifinal between the rivals.
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