All three basketball games I attended at the high school, college and NBA level had different outcomes from some of the built-up frustration that needed to be released.
Take the Milwaukee Vincent boys basketball game against Milwaukee Riverside, Feb. 10, at Riverside. The Vikings remembered the spanking they got from the Tigers in the same gym in the second round of last year's playoffs. It was still fresh on their minds.
Now fast forward to this year's meeting between the teams. Even though it was a regular season game and not the playoffs, it was still an important one in a battle for second place in the City Conference behind Milwaukee King.
Vincent rode the back of junior Deonte Burton and his 26 points to beat Riverside, 76-65. He was away at a prep school the last time they met and didn't factor in the blowout loss the Vikings suffered against the Tigers.
First place in the conference belongs to the Generals. Barring an upset in their remaining games of the regular season, King will have the conference title wrapped up. They lost to Riverside last season, and that gave the Tigers the City title. They also lost to them in the sectional round. Beating both Vincent at home and Riverside on the road this year gave King the inside track on winning the conference championship.
All three teams lost key players who were ineligible because of academic issues. According to a Vincent math teacher I talked to as we left the Riverside building, grades were due soon. Favorable marks from the affected players from those teams will be a welcome sight for the coaches who can use them down the stretch going into the playoffs.
King, who lost their post player due to grades, made do with the smaller and quicker lineup that have been getting things done and rolling along.
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