Sloppy Orioles take over 2nd in NW Suburban

Czar walks in the gym, he says, "Why I am large in the middle now, why am I large in the middle now?", oh my life is so hard.  I need Dominos pizza, I needs some Red Gatorade.  Gotta meet that calorie count before I end in the graveyard.   Osseo, Armstrong, powers playing at night.  The trip is far away but thru a well-lit door.  Mr Pepsi Belly, Pepsi belly get this stuff away from me, I don't find this parody amusing anymore.

Song of the Day
You can call me Al - Paul Simon

Total Beverage Consumption Counter: 1096 ounces  (96 games, 77 days)

  • 12 oz 7 Up 
  • 20 oz Barq's Root Beer
  • 20 oz Mug Root Beer 
  • 56 oz Sprite 
  • 60 oz Dr Pepper
  • 140 oz Red Powerade
  • 160 oz Red Gatorade
  • 164 oz Coke 
  • 464 oz Pepsi
Game Time
The (much slimmer) Nutty Professor working tonight.  Armstrong without forward Sean Burns and guard Jerome Dixon who sat out with injuries.  Osseo still without Ian Theisen.  Armstrong very sloppy to start and they give up the 1st 6 in 1:07.  Greg Miller chews his guys and they put on the 2-2-1.  As I wrote previously, Osseo had issues with it and this time it generates an 11-0 Armstrong run.  Baker 1 bounce and knock down the jumper to break the run.  Ryan Casperson with a 3 point play and Armstrong leads 25-20 at 4:54.  Osseo counters with a 13-4 run.  Giovanni Pastrano with more great bench minutes starts the run with a layup.  Soph Allen Anderson for 3, Pastrano putback, Baker and Jordan Dembley with buckets.  35-31 Osseo at half.

Start of the 2nd half is ugly too with no field goals for the first 3:35.  Armstrong's first FG of the half is another Casperson 3 point play with 13:41 left to tie the game at 37.  41-39 Osseo when Armstrong goes 1-3-1 (JVs were really long with it in their game).  Dembley cuts inside against it for a 3 point play, Pastrano with a backside layup when the wing doesn't drop and a BLOB lob to Baker.  After a pair of Evan Nolan free throws, Pastrano with another putback and a tough 2 from Dembley.  13-4 run for Osseo and Armstrong needs a timeout.  7:57 left 55-43 Osseo leading.  Evan Nolan for 3 and a pair of Tre Tate free throws after grabbing a miss.  58-52 Osseo before Dembley counters with a floater.  3 straight Armstrong turnovers hinder their chances.  But Osseo gives one up for a Melvin Newbern layup.  Baker cuts for a layup.  Nolan drives for 2 and Dembley immediately counters in the lane for 2 more.  Then Dembley quickly counters another Armstrong bucket.  So much for holding the ball.  Nolan misses a 3 and Dembley makes both ends of the bonus.  Osseo wins 68-61.

Post Game
#10AAAA Armstrong falls to 14-5 overall, 10-3 in the NW Suburban.  That still keeps them in 3rd, 2 games ahead of Elk River.  Evan Nolan with 18 points and did more work inside than you would normally see.  Soph Melvin Newbern with the start and was productive with 14 points including 8-10 FTs.  Nice work from Armstrong using a 2-2-1 press and some 1-2-2 to try and hassle the Osseo guards.  Early on it was effective.

#3AAAA Osseo wins their 11th straight game since the loss at Armstrong.  They improve to 17-3 and take over 2nd place in the NW Suburban at 13-2.  They stay 1 game behind Champlin Park.  Jordan Dembley with 17 of his 21 points in the 2nd half and all of them in the lane.  Wheeler Baker held to 18 after having 41 in the 1st meeting.  Giovanni Pastrano 8 points off the Osseo bench.   It wasn't pretty but it was a win.


  1. How much seating at CDH gym? do you think it will sell out or ok to arrive after 4:30 ? thx!

  2. Seating shouldn't be a problem at the gym is huge and I expect both sides to be open. Parking on the other hand is an absolute nightmare there. So if you're not early expect to park far away.


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