They say talk is cheap, but not to the Shakopee Sabers.
If they were going to come out on top of Friday’s Class 4A top-five matchup, they were going to need to be chatty.
Lakeville North boasts a pair of young Division-I prospects, but the veteran experience and connectedness of Shakopee helped it win wire-to-wire, 68-56, and climb into a share of first place in the South Suburban Conference.
“Really good communication game for us,” said senior guard Cade McGraw, who led the team with 16 points. “We were all talking the entire time, energy was great. Good pressure. Really just did our job.”
Shakopee leads the South Suburban Conference and currently owns the tiebreaker after a resounding win.
The Sabers played host on Friday and downed Lakeville North 68-56.
The Sabers (12-1, 5-1) ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, controlled the game from the start and built a 35-18 halftime lead on the No. 4-4A Panthers (10-3, 5-1).
Senior Cade McGraw led Shakopee with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by senior backcourt mate, Yonis Mohamud, with 11 and 10 for senior forwards Nick Katona and Sam West. West’s points all came in the second half with Mohamud having eight in the frame.
Sophomore guard Jack Robison led Lakeville North with 16 points, followed by 13 for junior forward Nolan Winter.
The Panthers opened the second half strong, but could never cut the deficit closer than nine.
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