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Posted On: 01/5/21 11:15 PM

Final Score: Millard North 94 – Bellevue West 91

The final day of the Metro Holiday Tournament provided an instant classic. This was the first meeting between these two schools since Bellevue West defeated Millard North in last year’s state title game, and not a moment of this double-overtime thriller disappointed. 

Millard North’s Saint Thomas Saint Thomas 6'6" | CG Millard North | 2021 State NE put together the performance of the year, scoring a school record 48 points, making 19 of his 26 field goal attempts. He was efficient, and despite scoring 48 points, it never felt like he forced a bucket. His playmaking was as good as ever, and he piled up 12 rebounds, too. 

Thomas started quickly, and his teammate Hunter Sallis Hunter Sallis 6'4" | CG Millard North | 2021 State #8 Nation NE did as well. Sallis hit a few impressive pullup jumpshots in the first quarter going to his right and left. Millard North had no issue scoring points in this one, but their defense was leaky at times, and Bellevue West pounced on the vulnerabilities with surgical efficiency. Junior big man William Kyle was outracing the Mustang bigs in transition for easy buckets. Some of this was excellent effort by Kyle and pinpoint accuracy and hyper-awareness from Chucky Hepburn Chucky Hepburn 6'1" | PG Bellevue West | 2021 State #77 Nation NE , but Millard

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