Updated: 02/27/2014 4:08 PM KSTP.com By: Northstar Boys Hoops Report
Stillwater will face Woodbury Saturday in the semifinals of the Class 4AAAA playoffs.
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The worst thing that could have happened to the Roseville men's basketball team happened on Wednesday night.
Forward Derek Magnuson, who provides 13 points per game for Roseville, scored just a single point in the first half. He picked up two quick fouls to start the game and took an early seat on the bench.
With Magnuson sidelined and the rest of Roseville struggling to score, Stillwater jumped out to an early lead and never let go as the Ponies scored a 56-47 victory in the first round of Section 4AAAA playoffs.
"It was tough," Magnuson said after the game after finishing with just six points. "It would have helped if I could make some shots."
Meanwhile, the two posts for the visiting team had strong performances. Matt Anderson and Kyle McKinley — both juniors — scored 19 and 10 points, respectively.
The victory is a big one for McKinley. From playing JV last season to getting his first playoff win, he has come a long way.
"Now he's our go-to person inside," coach Randy Jordan said of McKinley. "He's probably been the biggest one in terms of maturing. Mentally, making sure that he doesn't get frustrated, he lets things go. He tends to be hard on himself.
"We wanted to go inside early, get the ball to Kyle and see what would happen. It definitely hurt them not having Jesper Horstad [out with a sprained ankle], either."
Anderson brought a scoring touch to a game that was sloppy on both sides. The tough-nosed, 6-foot-4-inch forward provided consistency for the Ponies.
"He's been stepping up for us," coach Jordan said. "He does a nice job taking the ball into the hole, he's gotten a lot stronger."
Both sides seemed exhausted after the contest. Roseville's seniors stayed in the locker room, realizing their careers had finished. Stillwater was just happy to come out of the first round safe and sound.
"Tonight I think we were just fortunate that Roseville didn't shoot very well," coach Jordan added. "It was very physical; the refs called a lot of fouls, but I think they could have called more."
Jake Geyen led Roseville with 17 points; Kobe Critchley supplemented with 13 of his own.
Stillwater will play top-ranked Woodbury on Saturday.