Polars take sole possession of first place in MEC boys hoops

The North High boys basketball team entered its game on Jan. 15 against Tartan with plenty on the line. For starters, the two teams were tied for first place in the Metro East Conference. The Polars were also looking for their first victory over the Titans in more than five years.

North snapped that long losing streak and took over first place in the standings thanks to a 66-64 victory. The game went back and forth with neither team able to pull away. Tartan led by two with 1:25 to play but North took the lead with just under a minute left.

North's Goodnews Kpegeol tied for game-high honors with 15 points while Josh Steckler added 11 and Adreon Wadlington scored 10.

Jordan Horn matched Kpegoel’s 15 points, Kingston Myles scored a dozen and Jarvis Thomas added 10.

North followed up the Tartan win with a 90-48 drubbing of South St. Paul on Jan. 19 as Kimari Suggs-Morgan and Thomas Acquoi matched each other with 16 points apiece. Wadlington (13), Kpegeol (12) and Joe Johnson (11) also reached double digits.

The Polars hosted Mahtomedi, which is also in the thick of the Metro East race, on Jan. 22, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. North, Tartan and Mahtomedi are the only Metro East teams with winning overall records.

North has only one game on the docket this week as it travels to Henry Sibley (4-13) on Jan. 26.

Tartan downs Simley

Tartan bounced back from the loss to North by beating Simley 88-73 on Jan. 19.

The Titans have an interesting week on tap. They take on South St. Paul at Target Center on Jan. 26 and then visit Mahtomedi on Jan. 29.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Metro East Conference boys basketball standings 
(Through Jan. 20)

  Conf. Overall
North 8-0 13-4
Tartan 8-1 13-4
Mahtomedi 7-1 13-4
Hastings 5-3 7-9
Hill-Murray 2-5 3-13
Simley 2-6 7-10
Henry Sibley 2-6 4-13
St. Thomas Academy 1-5 2-13
South St. Paul 0-8 1-13


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