By Mitchell Palmer McDonald
Finally got a chance to see Columbia Heights mix it up in boys’ basketball with St. Paul Como Park last Friday evening.
Before I could sit down to enjoy my popcorn, Columbia Heights’ ZACH LOFTON (21 points) had dunked twice and teammate BEN GLOVER (15) had one slam as the Highlanders scored a 72-65 nonconference victory over the Cougars.
Como Park didn’t let the early dunks rattle them, as they kept it competitive behind 21 points from DENZEL SHAW and 13 each from TERRANCE WILLIAMS and BENNETT COOPER.
KEANU GLOVER also had 15 for Columbia Heights.
North, Central play in a classic
The game does not get the publicity it used to, but Minneapolis North and St. Paul Central battled in a boys’ basketball classic last Saturday afternoon.
SHONDALE STRICKLAND and CHARLES SMITH each had 25 points in leading North to a 75-73 overtime win over the Minutemen, who were led by MARTIN SMITH (29 points). WILL MCDONOUGH added 12 points and ANDREW LEWIS chipped in 10.
Minneapolis Washburn is quietly emerging as the front runner in the City Conference after a 90-81 win over Henry. Washburn’s CLARENCE THOMAS led all scorers with 39 points as DWIGHT ANDERSON, CEDRIC CHAPPELL and JOSH DOBY added 16, 15 and 10 respectively.
South among the Metro’s best
Don’t look now, but the Minneapolis South girls’ basketball team is ranked sixth in the Metro area with a 12-0 record. The Tigers are doing it with a balanced scoring attack.
SATTORIA RULE leads the way at 20 points per game, and DIAMOND LANE chips in 15 per contest. SADIQAH JIHAD, KANEESHA GREEN and DELILAH TAYLOR each average seven points per game for South.
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