Dower powers Osseo over Wayzata

A big matchup of #5 Osseo hosting #6 Wayzata. Both teams came in at 10-1. Osseo's only loss to Sibley and Wayzata's only loss to Cooper. Trent Lockett on hand to watch as well as the Hopkins coaches. An interesting side note to this one. Sam Dower and Kyle Mason of Osseo played with Wayzata's Kellen Taylor and Jarrod Peterson played together for Net Gain Sports last summer. And I did make sure I didn't miss out on the pizza.

Eren Cur with the assignment on Dower. But Dower is guarding Taylor on the other end. Taylor starts the day with 2 free throws and a steal for a dunk with Jamar Franks adding an offensive rebound 2 and finishing up the 9-2 Wayzata start with a triple 4 minutes in. 3 straight Osseo turnovers in this span. Taylor then puts a nice spin move on Dower for an 11-4 Wayzata lead at 12:45. Jayvin Reynolds once again gone to the bench with 2 very quick fouls. Osseo with 8 in a row to get the lead back at 12-11 with 10:35 left in the half as Dower finishes the run with a dunk. 10 of the 1st 12 for Osseo go to Dower. Taylor gets his 3rd at 8:36 diving for a loose ball on a questionable call and Wayzata coach Mike Anderson is not happy with the zebras on this day. DJ Phillips with a pullup jumper at 5:45 puts Osseo out to a 20-13 lead. 16-2 Osseo over 7 minutes. Peterson with a jumper and then Cur gets a steal for 2 plus the foul at 5:09. Jamar Franks for some reason gets a T on the play and Dower makes the FTs. 22-18 Osseo. The end of the half sees a parade to the foul line. 35-27 Osseo at the break. Dower with 22 and 7 in the half and totally unstoppable. Jamar Franks and Jarrod Peterson with 7 each for Wayzata.

Bobby Fischer (does he play chess?) with a triple and fouled for the rare 4 point play to start the half. He got the start today and fills an important shooting role for them. Don't know how much that had to do with Aaron Anderson taking a practice ACT exam (Anderson did play today). Dower adds 2 more buckets as Osseo gets the 1st 10 of the 2nd half for a 45-27 lead at 14:35. Wayzata never gets closer than 12 after that. Jayvin Reynolds with a big 2nd half getting inside hoops and cleaning the glass (did that part vs Champlin Park too in the 2nd half). Dower adds a huge dunk off a couple of back screens late for some tasty icing on the cake. Osseo wins 81-59.

For Wayzata, they again struggle with post people after giving up 32 to Ra'Shede Hageman last Saturday. Disappointed they didn't seem to have anything special in for defending Dower. 4 guys in double figures with Kellen Taylor having 15 on my sheet. They fall to 10-2 with a couple of interesting games next weekend. St. Paul Central on Friday and then Milwaukee Lutheran in the East Metro Showcase next Saturday night.

For Osseo, they're on an 11 game win streak. Sam Dower was a monster with 37 points and 9 rebs on my sheet and I had something like 14-19 shooting. Jayvin Reynolds is an animal on the glass. 17 points and 7 boards basically in the 2nd half due to his 1st half fouls. They held Nolan Odland in check and didn't give Wayzata many good looks from outside the arc.

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