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Osseo Boys Basketball Advances to Section Championship Game

Feb 29, 2016 10:09PM ● By Doug Erlien
There is a saying in sports that says it’s tough to beat a team three times in a season. Twice, the Osseo and Park Center boys basketball teams met in the regular season. The result? Blowout wins by the undefeated Orioles. Monday night, Feb. 29, the two teams met for a third time. This time, the Pirates were bidding for the upset.

“Park Center scares you. They are an athletic team, they have good shooters,” Osseo Head Coach Tim Theisen said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. Every one of us did.”

The Orioles led for the majority of the first half, but Park Center’s Losini Kamara scored the final five points of the half to give the Pirates a 28-27 lead at the halftime break.

Senior Center Kameron Bettie led all scorers with 19 points on a night where the high powered Orioles offense couldn’t find a rhythm.

“Sure, it’s frustrating when you don’t hit a shot or you miss a layup, but the kids don’t let it get to them,” Theisen said.

After the Orioles extended the lead to 47-39, the Pirates wouldn’t go quietly and again cut the lead to three with less than 30 seconds left. A three-point opportunity to tie the game was missed and the Orioles hit free-throws down the stretch and winning the game 60-52.

It was the Osseo defense that held the Pirates to just 52 points and vaulted the Orioles into the section 5AAAA championship game on Friday night.

“In the end our defense was the main reason we got the ‘w’ tonight,” Theisen said.

The Orioles will face Mounds View on 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 at 
Rogers HighSchool. The Mustangs upset Champlin Park in the other semifinal contest.

Inside The Numbers:
Osseo 60:
John Bezdicek 5; Allen Anderson 7; Kyle Williams 6; Damario Armstrong 5; Mar Mar Hughes 8; Dontae Jones 10; Kameron Bettie 19

Park Center 52:
Khari Broadway 7; Losini Kamara 11; Osirus Washington 6; Derrick Ogechi 8; Eric Racine 6; Xavier Bonner 7; Kalif Ahmed 5; Malcolm Lawson 2

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