McElroy, Davis led Central to TC victory

Kaylynn Asberry, Daveonte Davis, Kiana Lockett, Curtis Favors, Kesh’on Walker,
and Omar Brown // Photos by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Luke McElroy knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key with about 30 seconds remaining, and Daveonte Davis sank two freethrows — though he tried to intentionally miss the second one — with two seconds remaining to help clinch St. Paul Central’s 77-74 victory over Minneapolis North in the Twin City Boys’ Basketball Gym last Saturday.

The Minutemen came back after the host Polars built a 41-35 halftime lead behind the three-point shooting of Eli Campbell, the drive and penetration of Nasir El-Amin, and timely buckets by Omar Brown while extending the lead to 20 points at the 10-minute mark in the second half.

Central chipped away the lead behind the free throw shooting and timely baskets by Davis, clutch drives resulting in layups by Dion Ford, and smothering defense by Khai West, who had three steals and two layups during the comeback.

Campbell led North with 23 points. Brown had 16, and El-Amin finished with 11.

Central got a game-high 24 points from Davis and 19 from Ford — who recently hit the 1,000-point career scoring mark in a victory over St. Paul Johnson — while West had 11 and McElroy’s heroics gave him a total of nine.

Walker leads Polars to JV victory

Minneapolis North, behind the outstanding play of Kesh’on Walker, defeated St. Paul Central 60-57 to capture the JV Twin City boys’ basketball title.

Central got outstanding play from Curtis Favors, Gavin Gothard, Jaymonn Crumble and Jaylen Cardenas, but Walker seemed to be everywhere for the Polars, whether it was blocking shots, getting rebounds, clutch steals and timely put-backs and tip-ins.

During one sequence of play, Walker grabbed an offensive rebound and missed the put-back, then raced down the court and blocked the layup attempt.

It was quite the performance.

DeLaSalle wins with Weems leading the way

Nurjei Weems led the way with 18 points as DeLaSalle (No. 3 in Class 3A) defeated Como Park (No. 10 in Class 3A) 68-54 in a 3A, Section 4 Semifinal matchup at East Ridge last Saturday evening.

Mary Claire Francois, Kiani Lockett, Sydney Runsewe and Mya Williams each added nine points apiece for the victorious Islanders, who led 39-19 at halftime.

Como Park, the St. Paul City Conference and Twin City champs, were led by Ronnie Porter’s 18 points while teammates Shania Nichols, Kaylynn Asberry and Jada James each scored 11.

The Cougars are among the youngest teams in the state. Porter, Asberry and James are in ninth grade. Nichols is an eighth-grader.

The future is bright.