Scots win another in battle for top seed

Prologue
To Minneapolis Southwest to see the Lakers in a city conferences showdown with St. Paul Highland Park.  Outstanding walking taco with Sprite is on tonight's menu.  I had 2 bottles of water last night, can't do it again.  Very quiet crowd on hand.  Senior night for Southwest with all the seniors being honored before the game.

Song of the Day:
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
  
Number of Teams I've Seen: 155 (60 courts, 2 new, 2 TV games, 123 varsity games)

Beverage Ticker: 788 ounces (6910 calories) + 8.5 liters (1170 calories)

  • Pepsi: 344 ounces (4050 Calories) + 2 liters (840 Calories)
  • Coke: 68 ounces (800 Calories)+ 500 ml (200 Calories)
  • Dr Pepper: 60 ounces (750 Calories) 
  • Mug Root Beer: 40 ounces (520 Calories)
  • Sprite: 56 ounces (660 Calories)
  • Water: 5.5 Liters + 200 ounces (0 Calories)
  • Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories) + 20 oz (130 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 17
Pizza Ticker: 11
Walking Taco Ticker: 10
Pork Sandwich Ticker: 5

Game Time:
Khari Dennis hot early with 3 early bombs.  Plus Amitri Collins-Westlund knocks down a triple.  14-4 Highland Park at 14:42.  Dennis adds a layup and 2 free throws out of a post up.  22-11 Highland Park at 8:35.  Kiley Demery with a nice backcut for a 3 point play, Johnny Sykes for 3 and a turnover for 2 more.  22-19 Highland Park after an 8-0 Southwest run.  The teams trade hoops then Highland finishes the half on an 11-2 run.  Collins-Westlund with a pair of hoops in that run.

Collins-Westlund and Dennis generate points out of the post  Southwest with a whole mess of turnovers and that doesn't help their cause.  One of those turnovers results in a Dreem Kelly-Jabbar dunk.  55-38 Highland Park in the lead with the 10 minutes left.  Southwest rallies with a Demery dunk and 2 FTs plus 2 hoops from Brennan Hawkins.  Its a 10-2 Southwest run in 3 and a half minutes.  Highland Park slams the door with the next 6 points, 4 from Victor Minefee.  That pushes the lead to 15.  The Scots are out of danger after that.  Highland Park wins 69-58.

Post Game
Junior forward Brennan Hawkins with 15 of his team high 16 in the 2nd half for Southwest.  Johnny Sykes adds 15, Kiley Demery with 13.  Too many turnovers from the Lakers.  Southwest ends the season at 6-19.  They finish in a 3 way tie for 4th in the Minneapolis City at 5-7.  Thanks to 2 head to head wins over Washburn and a league tie with the Millers, the Lakers look like they'll visit Wayzata next Wednesday in the 6AAAA 2 vs 7 game.

Highland Park improves to 14-11 overall, 7-4 in the St. Paul City.  They'll finish 3rd in St. Paul regardless of their game vs Washington on Friday.  Khari Dennis with 28 points, Amitri Collins-Westlund with 19 to lead the Scots.  They had their way getting to the rim.  Plus they were menaces on defense.  Highland Park is still in a battle for that top seed in 3AAA.  A 2 point head to head loss to Richfield may doom them though since the power rankings are close.

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