Exciting weekend hoops action








There was plenty of boys’ and girls’ basketball action last week as two boys’ basketball games were blowouts that turned into competitive contests, one contest was an upset, and the girls’ game between two metro area teams went into overtime.


Columbia Heights at 

Spring Lake Park: February 6

Spring Lake Park, behind the outstanding play of DEVOTE SKREBES, TC ROBINSON and ERIC CURRAN, raced out to a 42-22 halftime, but COLTON WILLIAMS and sophomore JARRETT BATISE led a

JoBreil Powell scores two as Henry teammates Stephen Kennedy and Ibrahim Mohammad look on. Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald
JoBreil Powell scores two as Henry teammates Stephen Kennedy and Ibrahim Mohammad look on.
Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald

strong COLUMBIA HEIGHTS comeback before losing the North Suburban Conference contest 67-60.

Skrebes led Spring Lake Park, and all scorers, with 20 points. Robinson, one of the metro area’s top point guards, added 16 and Curran chipped in 10.

Williams and Batise scored 15 and 12 respectively for Columbia Heights.


Minneapolis Henry at Minneapolis Washburn: February 7

Conference leader Washburn, who won the City Conference contest 74-67, jumped out to a 43-28 halftime lead and led by the same amount early in the second half before Henry mounted a comeback for the ages.

Trailing 68-61 with about 90 seconds left, Henry forward JOVAHN JEFFERSON, playing with four fouls, dunked to make it 68-63. After Washburn failed to score, point guard STEPHEN KENNEDY calmly swished a three-pointer, cutting the deficit to a basket (68-66) with a minute left.

A Washburn turnover gave the Patriots a chance to tie, but the Millers stole the inbounds pass to seal the victory.

Washburn was led by guard JOBREIL POWELL’s 17 points. EVAN SHEPHERD and KEVIN GLEASON each had 14, while DEANGELO PRUITT-COOPER added 10.

Jefferson led Henry with 21 while teammate IBRAHIM MOHAMMAD added 14.


Eagan at Minneapolis Washburn: February 8

The following afternoon, it was the Washburn girls’ basketball team showing why their team is among the state’s elite.

CHASE COLEY sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer, and NATALIE HOLDAHL netted the clinching jumper in the closing seconds for a 68-66 victory.

Coley finished with a game-high 35 points and Holdahl had 16.


Park Center at Osseo: February 8

The game was not as hyped up (by the media) as it was last year, but senior guard ISAIAH MCKAY was hard to stop, scoring a game-high 28 points and leading the Park Center to a 69-66 upset of Northwest Suburban Conference rival Osseo, No. 3 in Class 4A.

ARMANI HOOKER and ISAAC MATTHEWS each chipped in 13 apiece for the Pirates.

WHEELER BAKER led Osseo with 15 points.


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