The Duluth area was the center of the Minnesota basketball universe last night with classic games among both the boys and the girls.
Duluth Denfeld boys 100 Duluth East 99 (OT)
Denfeld prevailed in this high-scoring, overtime match-up despite 45 points by East guard Taylor Stafford. Stafford, small but quick-on-quick with great offensive instincts, has stepped up big time in the absence of the Greyhounds' Johnny Woodward. Denfeld was led by Andrew Laughlin with 31 points, Robinson Jodeston 27 and Derek Meger 25. Shaq Coleman added 24 for East.
Robinson hit the game-winner, a 3 as time expired in OT. Stafford's lay-up had forced OT at 88-all. Laughlin's 3-pointer in OT gave the Hunters a 97-96 lead, but Rell Ladd's 4th 3-pointer of the game put the Greyhounds back in front 99-97.
Denfeld is 6-2, East a deceptive 2-7 with losses to 4 top 10 metro Class AAAA teams--#1 Eastview, #2 Hopkins, #5 Eden Prairie and #9 Minnetonka. It was Denfeld's 1st win over East after 8 straight losses since January 2007.
Braham girls 56 Esko 54
Here it was #2AA and defending state champion Braham (10-1) squeezing by host Esko (#4AA, 8-1) 56-54. Rebekah Dahlman scored 40 points, 29 in the 2nd half. Esko was led by 6-8 Savanna Trapp with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Player of the Day
Taylor Stafford, Duluth East boys and Rebekah Dahlman, Braham girls
Coach of the Day
Annette Wiles, UMD women, who won at Bemidji State 74-54 to stay within 1 game of 1st place in the NSIC at 5-2. Katrina Newman scored a career high 30 points for the Bulldogs, and added 8 boards.