Quientrail Jamison-Travis came down after a second-half dunk over St. Paul Johnson's Larry Harris (11). Jamison-Travis had 27 points and 11 rebounds in Minneapolis North's victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
A year ago, basketball was just a sport for Minneapolis North’s Quientrail Jamison-Travis to play during free time away from the football field.
Now, Jamison-Travis finds himself sporting a Polars’ basketball jersey and helping his school to the Twin City Championship.
The senior big man tallied a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday. A total that proved good enough to help North, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, defeat St. Paul Johnson 86-79 at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul to win the Twin City Championship game.
For most of Jamison-Travis’ high school sports career, football has been the main calling card. He was a standout defensive tackle on North’s football team this past season with his 17 sacks helping the Polars to the Class 2A state championship game, where they were shutout by Caledonia.
But prior to this basketball season, Jamison-Travis showed his basketball skills during a lunchtime pickup game at North. He dunked the ball so hard it broke the rim.
North junior Davon Townley (35) took the ball to the basket against St. Paul Johnson's Julian Hodges. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
After going undefeated in league play to win the Minneapolis City Conference championship, Minneapolis North added another piece of hardware to its trophy case this season. The Polars defeated St. Paul Johnson 86-79 on Saturday at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul to capture the Twin City Championship.
Senior forward Quientraill Jamison-Travis got things going for the Polars, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News. He finished with a game-high 27 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jamison-Travis got plenty of help from his teammates, as three other Polars (19-8, 12-0) finished in double figures. Junior forward Davon Townley chipped in 11 points, while sophomores Willie Wilson, a point guard, finished with 17 points, and wing Jacob Butler added 12 points.
Despite the Polars’ potent offensive attack, they found themselves fending off a furious rally from Johnson (16-8, 11-1).
The Governors, who finished tied atop the St. Paul City Conference standings with St. Paul Central, pushed back with the likes of junior guard Julian Hodges and senior forward Jeremiah Knox. Hodges finished with 22 points while Knox tallied 20 points.
Senior guard Larry Harris added 13 points for the Governors, and senior forward Jesse Foster had 10.
Aside from capturing bragging rights by beating the Governors, the Polars also halted a three-game skid to conclude the regular season.
St. Paul Johnson's Ishmael David (32) blocked a shot by North's De'Meiko Anderson. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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