So with nothing on the schedule, I had to find a game somehow so I watched the broadcast of last night's Osseo at Maple Grove game. Before Maple Grove even gets a possession, 2nd leading scorer Jordan Nelson has 2 fouls in the 1st 14 seconds and goes to the bench. Him and Josh Pedretti see very little time on the floor together in the 1st half. MG gets ahead 5-2 after 4 minutes and then Osseo goes on a 12-2 run over the next 3+ minutes to take a 14-7 lead. It's 16-12 Osseo with 8:30 to go in the half before Dan Brown hits a layup, Carrington Tankson gets an assist for a layup and then hits 2 3s in 30 seconds to give Osseo a 26-12 lead with 5:18 to go in the half. Its 33-22 as we approach the half and Ryan Spading gets a pass that is a just slightly out in front of him as he goes to the basket, he reaches out and as he's going toward the sideline (about 10 ft out), he shoots it up and over the corner of the backboard and good for a 35-22 Osseo lead at halftime. Tankson with 8 pts in the half. Dan Brown with 11, but this was another game where he couldn't buy an outside shot. He had 4 2s and 1 3. He 4 2s were layups. He did a nice job of being aggressive.
In the 2nd half, Sam Dower picks up his 4th foul at 16:41 and Zach Peterson picks up his 4th at 12:18 with Osseo leading 40-32 and maybe MG's bigs will get some better looks and start to take over. It's 44-35 with 9 minutes left and 44-40 Osseo with 8 minutes left but MG gets no closer. Brown and Tankson hit back to back 3s to push the lead back to 10. MG had the ball down 6 inside of 4 minutes but couldn't score. Dower made his presence felt when he returned with 5:24 to go and immediately got a dunk off a nice post up. Pedretti's 3 at the buzzer makes the final of 60-54 Osseo look closer than it really was.
Josh Pedretti is a nice big guy for MG and he had 25 in the game and he'll be back next year. Jordan Nelson's foul trouble limits him to only 6 pts. Dan Brown finishes with 16 to lead Osseo. Tankson with 15 and once again he didn't start, not to mention a little showboating by trying to throw a lob to Dower on the break with 13 seconds left and the outcome already decided. Zach Peterson didn't start due to the flu but still had 11 pts.