Apple Valley's Tyus Jones wasn't about to let his Eagles ride by just getting to the state tournament. Thursday night, he saved his best for the second half and propelled the Eagles to the championship game with a 62-55 win over Eden Prairie.
"This is a big time game. That's why it's the state semi-finals," said Jones who scored 16 points in the second half. "We came out with the win, that's the most important thing."
Eden Prairie pulled the game to within a single point with 4:02 left in the game, but could not climb any closer. Jones hit a big shot and enough free throws to put the game away. One of the biggest stats in the game came in the turnover category. Apple Valley was able to create 18 turnovers while they only gave the ball back five times.
Jones led the way with 23 while Dennis Austin added 15 and Dustin Fronk added 11. Jack Cottrell led the way for Eden Prairie with 15 points.
With the win, Apple Valley will play for its first state championship in school history Saturday night when they battle Park Center.