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St. Thomas Academy exacts some revenge on South St. Paul

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 01/26/23, 7:15AM CST


The Cadets controlled the low-scoring affair against the Packers.

Cadets senior Jack Chamberlain puts up a 3-pointer Thursday against visiting South Saint Paul. Chamberlain's game-high 17 points carried the Cadets to victory, 56-48. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

St. Thomas Academy’s season ended in an 89-77 section semifinals loss at South St. Paul last March.

The Class 3A, Section 3 tournament defeat was the Cadets’ third of the season against a Packers team that finished 28-1 and two points away from a spot in the state tournament.

But the winter of 2022-23 is going much differently for the Cadets.

St. Thomas Academy beat the Packers 56-48 on its home court Thursday to get some revenge over the Metro East Conference rival.

Gavin Pendergast (4) defends South St. Paul's Jordan Wold (11) during play Jan 26 at St. Thomas Academy. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

A second half run helped St. Thomas Academy pull away from Metro East Conference rival South St. Paul in a 56-48 victory Thursday at home.

The Packers (10-5, 4-3) led by five points at the half and built the advantage to 31-22 less than two minutes of play later. However, the Cadets (10-5 5-1) took control over the next seven minutes, going on a 19-4 run to lead 41-35 with nine-and-a-half minutes remaining.

South St. Paul would regain the lead at 43-42 with 6:50 left in the game, but the Cadets’ offense continued to push them down the stretch to the 8-point win.

Jack Chamberlain led the Cadets’ offense with 17, and Michael Kirchner added 14 points. Devaun Simmons led the Packers’ offense with 11 points.

South St. Paul's Devaun Simmons (3) fights for a shot Thursday night at St. Thomas Academy. Simmons finished with 11 points in the loss. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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