Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys Basketball: Crimson advance to Thursday’s Section 8AAA final

Sophomore guard Jon Haakenson is one of many key players on the Maple Grove boys’ basketball team. (Photo by Rich Moll)

Four-time defending Section 8 champion Maple Grove survived a scare from St. Michael-Albertville in the semifinal March 6 to advance to the section final. The top-seeded Crimson trailed 23-20 at halftime but rallied to beat the No. 5 Knights 58-54 at St. Cloud Tech.

Maple Grove’s usually high-powered offense was not clicking in this game and top scorer Lovell Williams scored only seven points. But the Crimson relied on their defense to stay close and pulled it out in the second half…..

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