Its equal time for St. Paul night as I'm off to Como Park for a St. Paul City matchup against Highland Park. Small but tasty hot dog and Pepsi is never a bad thing. We have local TV cameras just about everywhere so its hard to get a decent seat.
Song of the Day
Scandal - The Warrior
Highland Park going to the box and 1 on Terrence Williams in this one Como Park plays straight 2-3 zone. With all the athleticism out there, we get zone. Sigh. Back and forth in the first half. Ty'shaun Williams with a 3, a layup and a pair of free throws for 7 in a row for Highland Park. 18 all at the 8:38 mark. Terrence Williams with a nice block that leads to a Kaysh Shaw bucket. That's followed by a Denzel Shaw bucket. 26-25 Como Park with 4 minutes left in the half. Highland Park finishes the half on a run with Ty'shaun Williams. He nails a 3 at 1:30, a turnover for a layup and a floater to beat the halftime horn. 36-27 Highland at the half after an 11-1 run.
43-34 Highland at the 14:57 mark after Terrance Williams takes a steal for a three-point play. Then Darrell Hill strikes with his 3rd and 4th bombs of the night in a 9-0 Highland run that blows the lead to 53-34 with 13:40 remaining. Kaysh Shaw then attempts to bring Como back. He has a pair of layups and a tough bucket. Then he nails a 3 at the 10:40 mark and the lead is only 9. 57-48 Highland Park leads. Cordero Washington back in the game with 4 fouls for Highland and he scores 6 quick points. Kaysh Shaw with an assist to Denzel Shaw for a layup, a floater and then a 3 at the 6:40 mark. But Como Park is still down 65-55. Najee Kennedy hits a 3 at the 6 minute mark to cut the lead to 7 but Como will get no closer than that. Highland Park wins the city matchup 73-65.
Como Park falls to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in St. Paul City play. They host Concordia on Tuesday. Sophomore point guard Kaysh Shaw with 23 points off the bench, 19 of those in the 2nd half. A couple of years ago he was playing toe to toe with Tyus Jones (so the story goes) and held his own. Not saying he's at that level, but you can see there's a good amount of talent there. Terrance Williams with 16 points when he got away from the box and 1. Interesting tactic to move him from the wing to the post in the 2nd half against it. Denzel Shaw 12 points.
For Highland Park, Ty'Shaun Williams and Darrell Hill both finish with 21 points. Hill with 4 3s, Williams with 3 from deep. Cordaro Washington with 10 (and 6 boards) of his 14 points in the second half to keep Como Park from getting all the back in the game. Dion Bradley 10 points. Highland Park is now 10-6, 3-2 in the St. Paul City. They have a difficult non-conference trip to St. Louis Park on Tuesday before having the rest of the week off. Lots of perimeter play in that game.