Feb 12, 2016

The Basketball Date

2/12/2016 — cori

My awesome boy and me on our long awaited Date Nite. What else would the two of us do if it didn't involve basketball? I love basketball as much as Bennett, I just don't play it. Granted, I also don't spend all my free time watching basketball highlights on YouTube like my sweet boy.

On this fabulous night we chose to go see a local favorite team, the Apple Valley Eagles. The town right next to ours is the hometown of the NCAA Champs 2015 star player: Tyus Jones. He went to Apple Valley High School before attending Duke University last year. He was playing varsity ball by 8th grade. He's kind of a local legend.

We watched his team play to victory during last year's March Madness. There was a lot of hype around here since he is local. To top off our wondrous luck, he got drafted this year by the Minnesota Timberwolves (although we've yet to see him play there). And he was at last night's game cheering on his younger brother. That was a bonus for us.

But this was who we went to see last night: Tre Jones. He is definitely following in his older brother's footsteps. It was a thrill to watch him. At only 2 years older than Bennett, he is a starter on the varsity team. His team is ranked number 1 in Class 4A ball in Minnesota. He scored an amazing 35 points against rival, and second-ranked team in our division, Shakopee. 

All I know is that I was standing for the last 10 minutes of the game. The energy in the stadium was palpable. The teams were evenly matched, answering each other's call all night. With less than 15 seconds to go, Apple Valley was down by 2 points. Then Tre drove into the basket making a clutch 2 pointer that would tie his team and bring them into over time. The crowd went wild! Apple Valley kicked it up a notch in overtime and ended up sealing the victory with a 75-65 win. It was beautiful. If my sportscasting skills aren't up to par, you can read all about their sweet victory and all the play by play details here.

Needless to say, it was the perfect night for Bennett and me. 

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