Early season Monday nights are always a good time to take a look at some of the lesser known A and AA teams locally. Tonight is no exception as its a trip to St. Paul Washington to see them take on the Charter Stars. A vocal crowd on hand for these closely located St. Paul schools. Standard hot dog and Sprite make up the menu.
Song of the Day
Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls
Number of Teams I've Seen: 32 (6 courts)
Beverage Ticker: 152 ounces (1600 Calories)
15 days, 16 games, 2 scrimmages added on
- Pepsi: 40 ounces (500 calories)
- Coke: 40 ounces (480 calories)
- Sprite: 20 ounces (240 calories)
- Red Gatorade: 52 ounces (380 calories)
Walking Taco Ticker: 2
Junior Ezekiel Olakunle gets the Stars on the board with an early triple for a 3-1 lead. Washington star Curtis Bell with an offensive board for a free throw. Then he'll drive the lane for a dunk. He also played the top of the 3-2 zone and was very active there. Washington extends that zone to pressure the ball and the Stars have no answer. Olakunle hits another 3 but those are the only 2 field goals of the half for the Charter Stars. Bell with a free throw, then a steal and assist for 2 more. 2 more offensive boards for free throws. That gets him to 1000 career points at the 7:45 mark of the half. Those 2 free throws are the 1st of a 23-0 run to end the half. Charter Stars go the last 11:20 without a field goal. 45-9 Washington at the break. The field goal streak is broken right away to start the half. Bell adds in some quick points in limited 2nd half time (he was basically done at the 14 minute mark except for 1 more quick shift). Washington rolls to 66-19 win.
Charter Stars fall to 0-1. They will host CHOF in their home opener on Thursday. Ezekiel Olakunde's 2 3s leads the way with 6 points. Its a junior heavy lineup as expected so they're looking forward. Also liked what I saw from freshman Isaiah Long (hope the MSHSL site is right on that number).
Washington star wing Curtis Bell leads everybody with 22 points. Very active on the glass and on the defensive end. Much better passer than I realized too. Adding a consistent jump shot is the next step for him. Maurice Carter adds 10. Freshman Drewjuan White started on the wing as well. He showed a nice attacking side to his game early. He's worth keeping an eye on. Washington only made 2 shots outside the paint all night. They were able to get out and run either off misses or via turnovers generated by their zone. The Eagles have the rest of the week off before trips east to St. Croix Prep and Hill-Murray next week.