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MEC boys hoops race remains tight
The Metro East Conference championship was a split title a year ago as North and Tartan tied for the top spot in the standings. Those two squads are again contending for the MEC crown, but there is a third team in the mix.
Entering the slate of conference games on Feb. 10, Mahtomedi, a top-five team in the state in Class AAA, held a one-game lead over Tartan and a two-game cushion over North.
Tartan, ranked No. 10 in last week’s Class AAAA poll, hosted Mahtomedi on Feb. 10, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. North had the night off.
Tartan and North both tried to keep pace with Mahtomedi by winning their MEC games on Feb. 7. Tartan drilled South St. Paul 108-33 and North topped Henry Sibley 75-64.
Mahtomedi went unbeaten through its first tour of MEC games, including a 58-52, come-from-behind win over Tartan. The Titans, who were without Jordan Horn in that game, led by 19 in the second half but couldn’t close out the Zephyrs.
Mahtomedi also rolled over North 70-49 in their first meeting.
Tartan enters this week with five games remaining on its regular-season schedule. The Titans visit Hill-Murray Feb. 14 and Hastings Feb. 16 this week and also have games against North, St. Thomas Academy and Henry Sibley left on their schedule.
North, which hosted Hudson, Wisconsin on Feb. 11, has six games left. This week, the Polars travel to Hastings on Feb. 14 and St. Thomas Academy on Feb. 16. Hill-Murray, Simley and Mahtomedi also remain on their schedule.
Metro East Conference boys basketball standings (Through Feb. 9)
St. Thomas Academy
South St. Paul