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Photos: Osseo Basketball Can't Comeback From Eden Prairie Hot Shooting

Mar 21, 2018 05:15PM ● By Doug Erlien
It wasn’t the start that Osseo Senior High Head Coach Tim Theisen envisioned as his Orioles took the Target Center floor for their state quarterfinal game against Eden Prairie. The Eagles took a quick 7-0 lead and never looked back in their 65-38 win over the Orioles Wednesday, March 21.

“We ran into a buzz saw tonight,” Theisen said. “Credit EP, they might have four sophomores out there, but they played like seniors.”

The Eagles extended their lead thanks to a blistering 63 percent shooting in the first half. Eden Prairie connected on six of eleven three point shots in building a 33-18 halftime lead.

On the defensive end, Eden Prairie played a triangle and two, taking the Orioles leading scorers Zach Theisen and Emmette Paige out of the game. It was the first time all season that the Eagles employed that defensive gameplan.

It worked.

The Orioles shot just 29 percent from the field in the loss and were led in scoring by Theisen and sophomore Cornell Richardson who each finished with 10 points. Defensively, the Eagles won the hustle battle as well and out rebounded Osseo 36-22.

“For some reason, I didn’t see that tonight out of our kids,” Theisen said. “For the past week, when we played against a top ten team in Champlin Park, when we played a top ten team in Park Center, we were the aggressive team. For some reason tonight, Eden Prairie had that.”

The Orioles will played in the consolation semifinals at Concordia University Thursday, March 22 against Wayzata and won 48-46. The Orioles play for the consolation championship against Forest Lake High School 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Concordia University. 

Eden Prairie 65 Osseo 38
Osseo: Emmette Paige 8, Richard Mulbah 1, Cornell Richardson 10, Zach Theisen 10, Johnson Fallah 3, Montrell Stokes 1, Grant Tardiff 2, Eli Barlue 3

Eden Prairie: Kyler Kluge 8, DJ Johnson 2, Drake Dobbs 12, Connor Christensen 22, Austin Andrews 13, Carson Sievers 2, John Henry 6

Postgame Press Conference

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