The past two weeks have been quite eventful in prep basketball. There were outstanding performances by three St. Paul City Conference teams; a former St. Paul City Conference great coach led her girls’ basketball team to victory; three metro-area alums played in an important collegiate match-up; and two Minneapolis City Conference rivals played a game that ended in overtime.
Saturday, December 17
Amitri Collins-Westland scored 29 points, Dreem Kelley Jabbar added 28 points, and Victor Minefee added 13 as host St. Paul Highland Park came back from a 39-28 halftime deficit to defeat Henry Sibley 96-76 in a nonconference boys’ basketball game.
Rieshaun Satar’s 23 points led Henry Sibley. Jack Korte added 18, Jacqi Cotton-Flowers had 14, and Malik Spearman chipped in 10.
Saturday, December 10
Lu’Cye Patterson led the way with 26 points as Brooklyn Center defeated Milwaukee Vincent, who got a 28-point performance from Justin Brookins.
Patterson, a sophomore guard, had help. Devanta Prince added 19 points, Adreone Sprinkles chipped in 17, and Rudwan Tahir had 14 for the victorious Centaurs.
Friday, December 9
Cornell Chandler’s 18 points led St. Paul Como Park to a 67-54 victory over Grand Rapids. Trey Clark added 17 and Kyrin Woodard chipped in 12 for the Cougars.
Thursday, December 8
Aja Wheeler and Ty’neecia Longs scored 11 points each and Kierra Wheeler added 10, leading Robbinsdale Cooper — coached by former St. Paul Central and University of Minnesota great Kiara Buford — to a 48-45 nonconference girls’ basketball victory over Minneapolis South.
Morgan Hill and Jade Hill led South with 17 and 12 points respectively.
Wednesday, December 7
Former Minneapolis Washburn sharpshooter Chuckie Smith scored 15 points and guard Henry Sonie, who starred for Apple Valley, had 12 in Augsburg’s 91-74 loss to St. John’s in MIAC men’s basketball competition.
Jubie Alade, who starred at Robbinsdale Armstrong last season, had 13 points for the victorious Johnnies.
Two games I missed
Saturday, December 17
Kyle Lee’s 19 points led St. Paul Johnson to a 72-70 overtime win over Prairie Seeds Academy (PSA) in a nonconference matchup.
PSA — coached by former St. Paul Johnson great Quincy Caldwell — was led by Brian Robinson’s game-high 31 points. Devon Gibson added 16 and Jamar Robinson chipped in 10.
Shemar Tucker-Adams had 14 and Justin Yang added 11 for Johnson.
Tuesday, December 13
Morgan Hill scored a game-high 31 points and Rose Lutz added 16 in Minneapolis South’s 78-77 overtime win over City Conference rival North.
North, with Alani Pettis leading the way with 22 points, overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to force the extra period.
Monique Wooten, Serena Ballard and Luul Yusuf scored 12 points each, and Alex McNeill added 11 for the Polars.
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.