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Boys’ state basketball tournament highlights


The 2012 state boys’ basketball tournament held at the Target Center last weekend will certainly be one to remember.  


There were two buzzer-beaters in the Class 3A and4A title games. City Conference teams from Minneapolis and St. Paul placed second and third respectively in Class 3A. A private school power in Minneapolis reemerged as 3A champs, and a new 4A champion was crowned for the first time in three years. Continue Reading →

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Washburn and Johnson on target to meet again soon



Minneapolis Washburn and St. Paul Johnson put on quite a show in the Twin City boys’ basketball game two weeks ago. Washburn won in a 90-89 classic after senior forward JERRY PRATT converted his own missed layup as time expired. His putback helped the Millers offset a 30-point performance by Johnson senior guard MARCUS MARSHALL. If the two teams take care of business this week, they could end up seeing each other again in the Class 3A state tournament next week. Continue Reading →

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Pratt leads Washburn past Johnson for TC title


In the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game at St. Paul Washington High School last Saturdayafternoon, Minneapolis Washburn forward JERRY PRATT didn’t start in the annual intercity contest — but he made sure he was around for its conclusion. The 6-4 senior scored his 25th point by rebounding his own missed layup with 5.5 seconds remaining and scoring as time expired to give the Millers a 90-89 win over St. Paul Johnson, who got a 30-point performance from senior guard MARCUS MARSHALL. Washburn, who also got 15 points each from CHUCKIE SMITH and DEJON DAVIS, 13 from JOSEPH DOBY and nine from DWIGHT ANDERSON, led Johnson, who also got contributions from DE’VONTA DURR (14 points), QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (13) and DARIUS WATSON (12), led 60-52 with 13-minutes left before the Governors came roaring back to tie it at the 10-minute mark. Continue Reading →

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Washburn playing well

Before the beginning of the 2009-2010 boys’ basketball season, Minneapolis Washburn coach REGGIE PERKINS was asked how his team, then the defending Class 3A state champs, was going to be that year. “We are young,” Perkins said then, “but we will be competitive.”


Two years later, Perkins has his team ranked number two in Class 3A and primed for a possible state tournament run. Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Millers are playing as good as any team in the state. After needing overtime to defeat Henry last month, the defending city champs beat them 100-62 in the rematch last week. Seniors CHUCKIE SMITH (13.7), DWIGHT ANDERSON (13.2), JERRY PRATT (11.2), JOSEPH DOBY (10.0) and sophomore DEJON DAVIS (8.7) form one of the metro area’s most balanced attacks. Continue Reading →

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A memorable week in boys’ basketball


Last week I saw three boys’ basketball contests. Two went into overtime, and two teams served notice that the Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conference titles won’t be that easy to reclaim by the defending champs.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 

Forward WAYLAND JOHNSON II sent the game into overtime with a freethrow with two seconds left inregulation, while finishing with 30 points in a 66-65 loss to Eden Prairie. GRANT SHAEFFER and ANDRE WALLACE had 16 and 15 respectively for Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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Highland Park defeats South



I was on my way to watch JOSEPH DOBY and DWIGHT ANDERSON help Minneapolis Washburn, coached by former St. Cloud State University player REGGIE PERKINS, to a 74-46 boys’ basketball nonconference victory over Hill Murray, led by former St. Agnes coach DICK GHIZONI. A little voice, however, told me to check out another nonconference matchup featuring St. Paul Highland Park at Minneapolis South for a half before venturing to the Washburn game in the second half. Continue Reading →

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