Fourteen weeks of Cedar Valley CourtKings basketball has come and gone and now, the final stretch has arrived. In a season that has seen the two-time defending Midwest Basketball League champions dominate, rebound from loss, and complete a third consecutive unbeaten record at home, the final road trip is crucial. With the MBL playoffs only two weeks away in St. Cloud, Minnesota and their playoff position secured, the CourtKings will hit the road one last time to close out the regular season against the Rochester Roadrunners and Minnesota Lakers.
The CourtKings (13-1) will travel to Rochester to face the Roadrunners (3-10) with the chance to complete the three-game season sweep on Saturday, June 14th. The Cedar Valley was victorious back on April 22nd at home 118-91, and again on June 9th by a score of 122-85 in Waterloo. Brady Burford has averaged a double-double in his two match-ups against the Roadrunners scoring 23.5 points and 11 rebounds per game, while Aundre Hicks has notched 14 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Additionally, in their first two meeting the CourtKings have held Rochester to an average of 88 points per game while averaging 120 points on offense. Tip off against the Roadrunners in scheduled for 5:00pm from the Rochester Community and Technical College Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Following Saturday afternoon’s game in Rochester, the CourtKings will take the trip up to the Twin Cities for the final time in the regular season as they take on the Minnesota Lakers (8-5) in the regular season finale on Sunday. Like the Roadrunners, the CourtKings will look to also complete the three-game season sweep of their longtime rivals. In their last meeting on June 23rd, Anthony James led a major comeback that sparked a fourth quarter rally that took down Minnesota 115-108. While the CourtKings may have their playoff spot locked up, they do have the opportunity to influence the playoff fate of the Lakers with the result of their Sunday meeting. Tip off between the Cedar Valley and Lakers is set for 1:00pm at the High School for the Recording Arts Fieldhouse in St. Paul.
Can’t make the trip to Minnesota? No worries, Joel Wauters will have the play by play coverage of both games online at cvcourtkings.com with the pregame shows for both games beginning ten minutes prior to the opening tip.