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Vincent back with unbeaten Jets

January 26, 2014 - Burt Angeli
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Unbeaten North Central, missing All-U.P. first teamer Travis Vincent (ankle), knocked off North Dickinson last week.

Nordics coach Chris Mattson hopes the Jets star is back in the lineup for the Feb. 11 rematch. Jets coach Adam Mercier figured about a month, but Vincent did play Friday.

“Vincent is their best player,” Mattson said. “Hopefully, he'll get back. It would be nice to see him in that lineup.

“You never want to see a kid, especially in his senior year, get hurt like that.”

North Dickinson was playing its third game in a week, and following a Friday night game, against North Central. Mattson didn’t use that for an excuse.

“That didn't have any effect,” he said. “These kids are 16, 17, 18-years-old. I bet most of them would probably be able to play another game right now.”

North Central was in a similar situation, playing its fourth game in seven days. That’s nothing compared to the old men’s basketball independent tournaments where teams might play three or four games in a day.

And with many of the players not “feeling well” from the previous night’s activities.

Mercier commented on North Dickinson’s rugged non-conference schedule with Iron Mountain, Norway and others: “They’re used to the physical, brutal mentality of the Mid-Peninsula Conference.”

Not sure MPC members Iron Mountain and Norway fit that tag.



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