Minnesota Prep and Vertical Academy opened the Grind Session season Thursday night at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota in the Shorty Classic.  Mikey Williams the 11th best prospect in the class of 2022 by ESPN did not play for Vertical Academy due to a finger injury.

The game started off a little slow with the players in awe of being on an NBA court.  After the nerves settled the boys got back to solid Grind Session basketball.  Vertical Academy jumped out to a quick lead while Minnesota Prep took a little time to get their game going.  At the half Vertical Academy went into the locker room with a 44-32 lead.

Both teams came out in the second half stronger then the first. Minnesota Prep got their game going quickly with Brenden Moss, and Tavion Banks leading the way.  Minnesota cut the Vertical Academy lead down to single digits late in the second half with Gob Gob leading the break and getting the ball to Moss, Banks, and Antwaun Massey.  Vertical Academy would not give up with Tremayne Parker and Abdul Beyah Jr scoring from drives to the bucket and solid outside shooting.

The game came down to the last minute, but fast break scores by Antonio Chol and Brenden Moss helped seal the Minnesota Prep victory over Vertical Academy 98-96.

Brenden Moss lead the way for Minnesota with 23 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds while Tremayne Parker and Abdul Beyah Jr both had 28 points for Vertical Academy.  Next up for Vertical Academy is Phoenix Prep on Friday afternoon while Minnesota Prep takes on the Donda Academy here at Target Center on Saturday night.