It was just a few hours after the East Grand Forks boys' basketball Twitter feed announced it had picked up a game against Minneapolis North on Feb. 15 that the first ticket requests hit coach Josh Perkerwicz's inbox.
The big-city schools don't often visit the northwest corner of the state. And news that a team with the No. 5-2A Polars' pedigree was coming to play an exciting, and until last week unbeaten, No. 5-2A East Grand Forks squad created a buzz throughout the area's basketball community.
"Our gym can hold roughly 2,300 people," Perkerwicz said, "and I fully expect that thing to be packed."
Perkerwicz is excited to see his Green Wave run with the Polars. East Grand Forks (18-1, 6-0) averages 78.2 points per game, and players such as Julian Benson (27.3 ppg) and Nathan Willet (19.8 ppg) are shooting at a 60 percent-plus clip.
The Polars (12-5, 8-0) have won six consecutive games since a four-point loss to No. 1-2A Caledonia on Jan. 11. Davon Townley, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, has led the recent surge averaging 18.5 points a game. Sophomore guard Willie Wilson (15.8 ppg) also contributes.