K-Heart Sports – 12/01/22

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MINOT, ND – Minot High is the defending champ in Class A girls and boys basketball and the first Class A Basketball Polls of the season have the champs at No. 1. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball Poll
          (First Place Votes)    Record    Points
1. Minot High (7)                   0-0          63
2. Bismarck Century (7)        0-0          62
3. Fargo Davies                    0-0          39
4. Fargo North                      0-0          26
5. Grand Forks Red River     0-0           9
Others receiving votes: Bismarck Legacy, Fargo Shanley, Bismarck High
North Dakota Class A Girls Basketball Poll
            (First Place Votes)   Record    Points
1. Minot High (9)                    0-0          65
2. Bismarck Century (5)         0-0          61
3. West Fargo                        0-0          37
4. Fargo Davies                     0-0          35
5. West Fargo Sheyenne       0-0          16
Others receiving votes: Bismarck Legacy, Grand Forks Red River
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – North Dakota trailed No. 23 Iowa State by two at intermission, but a pair of Cyclone scoring runs in the second half allowed them to pull away for the 63-44 victory inside the Hilton Coliseum. Caleb Grill paced the Cyclones (6-1) with 16 points, putting in 10 points in the final 20 minutes. He was also responsible for three of North Dakota’s 20 turnovers, recording three steals. Matt Norman was the top Hawk (5-4), recording a team-high nine points while also cleaning the glass with seven rebounds. He was also responsible for a team leading three assists. In the early moments of the second half, Iowa State went on a 9-0 run to go up 39-27 with 14:35 left. The Cyclones put down an 11-0 run with five minutes to go to pull away at 58-39. North Dakota will visit Portland on Saturday, with the opening tip set for 7 p.m. (CT).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 29 points, five steals and three blocks to lead Minnesota to a 109-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night in the first game of an extended absence for injured Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns. Jaylen Nowell added a season-high 24 points and D’Angelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who forced a season-high 27 turnovers by the Grizzlies and snapped a three-game losing streak despite being outrebounded 59-29 in this sloppy but spirited matchup that included seven technical fouls. Ja Morant scored 24 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their cool down the stretch with successive ejections for Dillon Brooks and Morant. They had only 17 assists. Grizzlies rookie David Roddy, who finished 13 points and five rebounds in his native city, had eight points over three consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter. Then Edwards sprang to life with a tiebreaking 3-pointer and a block on Brandon Clarke’s layup that sparked a break he finished with a one-handed slam for a 90-85 lead.
The Timberwolves surrendered 279 points over their previous two contests and lost Towns in the process. Kyle Anderson drew the start against his former team for Towns and pitched in 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Naz Reid saw extended time inside and gave the Wolves seven points, a career-high tying five blocks and plenty of energy on both ends of the court. Gobert was mostly out of it, finding himself in foul trouble early and picking up a technical for complaining about his second one midway through the first quarter, but he finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Rookie Wendell Moore Jr., who had logged a total of 11 minutes to date, got his first career start in place of Jaden McDaniels, who missed his third consecutive game with an illness. Timberwolves: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For three straight weeks, the Minnesota Vikings have started a different cornerback because of injuries. Last week against New England, Duke Shelley was pressed into action when Andrew Booth Jr. was held out with a knee injury. Booth started one game in place of fellow rookie Akayleb Evans but then got hurt. And Evans got his shot when Cameron Dantzler Sr. went on injured reserve. Booth will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but Minnesota is hoping the turnover at the position opposite veteran Patrick Peterson is mostly over. Dantzler, who started the first eight games, is eligible to return next week after recovering from an ankle injury. That means either Shelley or Evans could see playing time Sunday at home against the New York Jets.
The revolving door at cornerback has made an impact. Despite a 9-2 record and five-game lead in the NFC North, Minnesota has allowed the most passing yards in the NFL (276.1 per game). The Vikings have allowed more than 300 passing yards in each of the three games without Dantzler. “The medical team has been really trying to progress him off to the side and make sure he’s doing whatever he can to simulate different kinds of practice movements and in-game movements,” Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell said of Dantzler. “So, when we do activate him, the hope is that it’ll be an activation and he’ll be able to be out there with us the following Sunday.”
Evans, a fourth-round rookie from Missouri, has missed the past two games while in the concussion protocol. “He’s in kind of the final phase of it, which is full-speed practice and then just making sure he gets a full day of work in, a padded practice, and see how he recovers and if we can move forward with him,” O’Connell said. If Evans can’t play, Shelley is ready to face the Jets and quarterback Mike White, who threw for 315 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions last week in a 31-10 win over Chicago. “I definitely embrace every matchup,” Shelley said. “I like me versus anybody. It doesn’t matter who it is. I’m going to bet on myself anytime. That’s why everybody was wondering why I went up to press on third downs. I want the ball to come my way. I want to make the play. So, it’s kind of my mentality.”
Booth, a second-round pick out of Clemson, played defensive snaps in just two games before his season ended. O’Connell said the rookie opted for a full repair of his meniscus, which is better for his long-term health. With Booth out, Minnesota has received little production from its top two draft picks. Safety Lewis Cine, a first-round pick, played in just three games and had two defensive snaps before suffering a broken leg. “You hate to see it because you see some of them guys, talented guys, especially young guys, you don’t want them guys to lose their confidence, things like that,” Shelley said. “Try to stay behind them and uplift them as much as you can, let them know that you’re here for them and everything’s going to be all right.”

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