Posted On: 12/10/17 8:30 PM

That creepy old television show "Land of the Giants" went off the air nearly 40 years ago, but it was back in prime time Saturday afternoon in Minnetonka, and this was no work of B-grade science fiction. The battle was real as giant posts Monika Czinano and Yokie Lee went toe to toe at the Breakdown Invitational. The 6'2" Czinano of Watertown-Mayer and the 6'6" Lee of Byron matched strength for strength, power for power, and size for size as they banged their way through 36 minutes of black and blue. In the end, the two giants basically nullified each other's presence, leaving the game largely in the hands of the little people.

On this day, Watertown-Mayer had the edge, especially on defense. Czinano scored twice in the final minute of the first half to stake the Royals to a 26-17 lead at the break. The second half was tight as Watertown led 41-39 with under five minutes left. That's when the Royals threw away the keys to the drawbridge and locked the castle up tight, allowing Bryon just one more basket all the way home. The Bears missed on a trio of open-look threes and a pair of jumpers

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