North St. Paul Resurgence Continues

Prologue
Its a showdown for 1st in the Metro East as Mahtomedi visits league leader North (St. Paul).  A rookie travel mistake means McDonalds before hitting the 2nd half of the JV game.  A half liter of Pepsi keeps the ticker rolling.  We get an appearance from the North St. Paul pep band.  Plus a drum line at the half with a huge set of xylophones and keyboards.  Quality music.  So to pay tribute to the xylophones, we give you this tune. 

Song of the Day
Men at Work - Land Down Under

Number of Teams I've Seen: 130 (49 courts, 2 new, 2 TV games, 89 varsity games)

Beverage Ticker: 568 ounces (4700 calories) + 6.5 liters (880 calories)
  • Pepsi: 260 ounces (3000 Calories) + 2 liters (840 Calories)
  • Coke: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
  • Dr Pepper: 60 ounces (750 Calories) 
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 Calories)
  • Sprite: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
  • Water: 4 Liters + 160 ounces (0 Calories)
  • Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories) + 20 oz (130 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 9
Walking Taco Ticker: 8
Pork Sandwich Ticker: 5

Game Time:
Shayne Frost puts Mahtomedi on the board with 2 free throws.  But then he sits with 2 fouls just 2:55 into the game.  7-2 NSP leading at that point.  Mahtomedi rallies with Lucas Buller for 3, 2 pick and roll hoops from Kaleb Siekmeier, a 3 point play from Will Tuttle, 2 3s from Lincoln Rock.  The Mahtomedi run is 27-7.  31-17 Zephyrs with 5 minutes left in the half.  Jake Steckler for 3, Adreon Wadlington bonus free throws and he buries a 3 at the buzzer.  That pulls North St. Paul within 41-33 at the half.

The Polars take that momentum into the 2nd half.  Wadlington with another 3, then a Polars 3 point play and an extra pass finds Steckler for 3 to put NSP back on top.  Its a 9-0 run to start the half and the Polars are back from 14 down.  The pace slows after that.  Parker Fox with a spin for 2 and then a 3 point play sandwiched around a Wadlington hoop.  51-50 NSP with 8:41 left.  Another pick and roll hoop for Mahtomedi and they are back ahead.  Termaine Daniels with a clutch 3 off a skip pass and a very pretty up and under move from Wadlington.   NSP adds a layup and its 58-52 Polars with 5:50 left.  Mahtomedi grabs and offensive board and finds Buller for 3 to cut the lead to 3 after North blocked a shot.  North turns it over and Fox goes the other way but gets called for a very questionable charge inside 5 left.  Goodnews Kpegeol counters with a hoop after a Polars timeout

Mahtomedi turns it over but Wadlington misses the dunk.  The Zephyrs turn it over again and Daniels converts this one.  Mahtomedi misses a front end and Wadlington makes 2 freebies.  Wadlington then with a steal to give the Polars possession (he got killed on the drive but no call).  Kimari Suggs-Morgan buries a jumper and the lead is 11.  That's all she wrote.  North wins 67-58.

Post Game:
Parker Fox leads Mahtomedi with 17 points and a handful of rebounds.  Kaleb Siekmeier good minutes off the bench with 8 points.  Lucas Buller adds 10.  Shayne Frost with only the 2 early free throws.  The early foul trouble took him out of it.  Pick and roll action was effective.  Turnovers down the stretch took away critical possessions.  Mahtomedi falls into 3rd place in the Metro East at 7-2.  They are 13-5 overall and battling Totino-Grace (who beat them head to head) for the top seed in section 4AAA.  Quick turnaround with a non-conference game vs Stillwater tomorrow.  Then Simley and Tartan at home next week.

North St. Paul stays on top of the Metro East all alone at 9-0.  Overall record is 14-4.  After starting the season 2-3, they have now won 12 out of 13.  JT Gibson Adreon Wadlington leads the way with 25 points.  He hit 4 3s and was attacking the basket as well.  No answer for him.  Goodnews Kpegeol chips in with 10.  4 others with 7 or 8 points.  Great balance.  Their athleticism really bothered Mahtomedi.  Plus they were well prepared for the plethora of sets that Mahtomedi runs.  Down 14 in the 1st half in past years could have been ugly, but they battled back tonight which is a great sign.  They have a quiet week coming up with only 1 game at Sibley.   They'll end the season at Tartan and at Mahtomedi.  That will determine whether they end up with the 3 or 4 seed in section 4AAAA.

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