A technical city showdown

Prologue
The cold weather pushes a St. Paul City showdown back a day.  Its off to Arlington Washington Technology Magnet to see them take on Highland Park.  Very strange to come in on the bottom level and only have half of 1 side of bleachers open.  No concessions at all which gives my waistline a night off.  Really good young official and his partner get to work both the JV and Varsity games.  Today's music selection is a random selection that has the word cold in it.

Song of the Day
Cold Hearted Snake - Paula Abdul

Total Beverage Consumption Counter: 652 ounces  (63 games, 49 days)

  • 36 oz Dr Pepper
  • 24 oz Sprite
  • 80 oz Red Powerade
  • 40 oz Red Gatorade
  • 292 oz Pepsi
  • 140 oz Coke
  • 20 oz Barq's Root Beer
  • 20 oz Mug Root Beer 
Game Time
Both teams come out zone (Washington 2-3, Highland 3-2) and neither team executes well against it.  Robby Sanders 4 of 6 straight Eagles (don't call us Presidents) points to put Washington up 8-6 at the 12:30 mark.  Highland Park holds down the Eagles offense for the 8 minutes.  Scots guard Isaiah Brower with a triple and a pair of free throws in the 16-4 run that results.  Washington frosh Curtis Bell with a pair of late buckets to keep Washington close.  30-21 Highland Park at half despite missing 10 free throws.

Da'Vonte Adams with a couple of quick Washington buckets and then he banks home a 3 as Washington tries to mount a comeback.  35-30 Highland Park at the 14:37 mark.  Highland Park never really pulls away but Washington never gets any closer.  The 2nd half is a foul shooting contest with 37 total free throw attempts between the teams in the half.  Highland Park goes on to win 69-57.

Post Game
Washington falls to 7-3 overall, 0-2 in the St. Paul City.  In the last CzarPI their schedule strength was 128 out of 130 teams in class AA.  You could make the case they don't have a notable win yet.  Senior guard Da'Vonte Adams leads the Eagles with 16 points.  Junior Robby Sanders with 14.  Soph Xavier Walden with some nice 2nd half minutes inside.  Frosh Curtis Bell with 10 points.  They'll host Humboldt on Friday.

Highland Park gets their 1st win of the year to improve to 1-9, 1-1.  I was surprised when I saw they were dead last in the last class AAA CzarPI.  Dion Bradley was a huge loss but I didn't expect this.  Guard Isaiah Brower with 18 points.  Junior Kwashon Collins-Westlund 16 points, 10 of those at the charity stripe.  Highland Park wins the free throw war by making 24-40 compared to 9-19 for Washington.    Highland Park visits Central on Friday night and then a quick turnaround at home vs Hill-Murray on Saturday afternoon.

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