Whatever South St. Paul needs Alonzo Dodd to do, he’s willing to do it.
The 6-2 point guard’s fortes are a quick step penetrating to the basket and tenacious defense at the head of the Packers’ swarming half-court trap. His skill set extends much further.
South St. Paul lacks a true post presence, but it can still snatch up loose rebounds when Dodd and the rest of an uber-athletic bunch soars to the glass.
Facing its toughest test, on paper, remaining on the schedule, South St. Paul passed with flying colors.
It remains unbeaten with a 69-59 win Thursday in a Metro East Conference matchup at Simley.
South St. Paul (15-0, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, was led by 22 points by senior guard Alonzo Dodd.
After trailing 3-0, the Packers used an 11-0 run to take a lead it never squandered. They led 37-22 at halftime.
The No. 7 Spartans (9-3, 3-2) were led by 22 points from senior forward Kevin Wormer.
Simley cut a 17-point second-half deficit as close as seven as late as 53-46 with under seven minutes remaining.
South St. Paul remains atop the Metro East standings. Both teams project as the top two seeds in Section 3. They play again in the regular season Feb. 11 in South St. Paul.
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