Mifflin’s Dean and Northland’s Burke come up big
In City League action Tuesday night, two of the best guards in Columbus flexed their muscle against fierce rivals. Percy Dean of Mifflin had a spectacular performance against City-North opponent Linden McKinley, going off for a career high 42 points in a convincing 94-46 victory. Throwing punches early, no pun intended, Mifflin built a strong 21 point lead after the end of the first quarter and would cruise to a victory in front of the McKinley faithful. With the victory, Mifflin improved to 1-1 on the season, after suffering an opening night loss against defending district champions Gahanna Lincoln, 95-51.
Defending City League champion Northland found itself in a dog fight last night against Beechcroft. After the first horn, the Vikings held a four point lead. Behind Michigan bound point guard, Trey Burke, who lives for the big shot, the Vikings would benefit from his 32 points in an 81-62 victory. Burke would prove to be exceptionally clutch in the third frame, as the Vikings outscored their counterparts, 24-9, which would prove to be monumental in their victory. Fresh off the graduation of Jared Sullinger and JD Weatherspoon, Northland has shown that they are still the class of the city with convincing wins last night over Beechcroft, who was a solid team a year ago and Mansfield Senior, a consistent power in Northeast Ohio. Behind Burke, and the emergence of big men Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott, it’s unknown if any other league opponent can match up with the size and athleticism that Satch Sullinger’s team brings to the floor. In his senior season, Trey Burke finally has the keys to the offense, and with his 28.5 ppg that he has put up this far, it will be intriguing to see where he can take his team.
- Defending City League-South champs Marion Franklin were upset by rival Independence, 84-77.
- Coming off a winless campaign in 2009-10, the West Cowboys continued to struggle last night, losing to Ron Tanner and Eastmoor, 102-72.
- Behind Traevon Jackson, Westerville South squeaked out an OT victory over Reynoldsburg, 82-78. Jackson, who is heading to Wisconsin next fall, scored 27 for the Wildcats.