Orioles continue to fly high

Prologue
Its another matchup of ranked teams in the Northwest Suburban as #3AAAA Osseo visiting #10AAA Totino-Grace.  Very nicely priced make your own walking taco on the menu tonight.  But no sour cream available.  That's a critical missing ingredient.  Water goes with it.  Hamline in the house.  Tonight's program features the Osseo roster from  Ian Theisen's sophomore season.  What moldy cardboard box do you find that in?

Song of the Day
Cat Stevens - Wild World

Number of Teams I've Seen: 130 (48 courts, 2 new, 2 TV games, 88 varsity games)

Beverage Ticker: 568 ounces (4700 calories) + 6 liters (670 calories)

  • Pepsi: 260 ounces (3000 Calories) + 1.5 liters (630 Calories)
  • Coke: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
  • Dr Pepper: 60 ounces (750 Calories) 
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 Calories)
  • Sprite: 24 ounces (280 Calories)
  • Water: 4 Liters + 160 ounces (0 Calories)
  • Gatorade: 500 ml (40 Calories) + 20 oz (130 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 9
Walking Taco Ticker: 8
Pork Sandwich Ticker: 5

Game Time:
Totino-Grace goes 2-3 zone for the night.  That means you have to hit shots.  Its John Bezdicek for 3 and Allan Anderson for 3 to force a TG timeout.  Rocky Kreuser for 2 and he hits a 3 as the Eagles try to make a comeback.  13-10 Osseo at 13:20.  TG sloppy early with 8 turnovers in the 1st 8 minutes.  Zach Theisen with a pair of 3s and Damario Armstrong with a 3 point play.  Osseo 24-16 inside 11.

Nate Kavolak cuts for 2 and another Kreuser hoop cuts the lead to 4.  Then the shooting gallery begins.  Theisen 2 more bombs.  Kavolak with 2 of his own around a 3 from Mar Mar Hughes.  Anderson with another 3.  Kavolak again from deep.  36-34 Osseo with 4 left in the half. Totino-Grace with a chance to tie as they block a shot but miss the layup.  Osseo comes right back and its Anderson behind the back to Bezdicek for a 3 point play to stop that momentum.  Armstrong with a late 3 and Hughes ends the half with a drive.  49-39 Osseo at the half thanks to 10 makes from the deep beyond.

Kavolak with yet another 3 to start the half.  Anderson sits with his 4th foul with just under 15 to play.  James Streeter in the post and Zach Ban with 2 free throws as TG cuts the lead to 53-48 with 13:40 left.  Buts its all Osseo from there.  Armstrong for 3 and Bezdicek another 3 point play to push the lead back to double figures.  Armstrong left alone on a BLOB for 3 and adds a 3 point play and later 2 free throws.  Hughes ends the run by getting out on the break for a layup.  Its a 23-4 Osseo run in just under 7 minutes to slam the door.  76-52 Osseo with 6 minutes left.  They coast from there to a 92-64 win.

Post Game:
Rocky Kreuser with a big night for Totino-Grace.  He finishes with 26 points and played lots inside and out.  He's definitely a much improved player from what I last remember.  He's been playing well for the Eagles and is in high demand for the summer season.  Nate Kavolak with 21 on my sheet and 5 3s.  He's an under the radar guy as a big 2 guard.  The Eagles fall to 10-8 overall, 4-7 in the NW Suburban.  That puts them 6th in the west division.  They had won 2 in a row after losing 5 straight.  Next week is a trip to Armstrong and hosting Spring Lake Park.  They hope to have PG Charlie Jacob back soon.  He has been out due to injury.

Osseo continues to play very well and when they shoot it like this, forget it.  They make 13 3s on the night.  They put 4 in double figures.  Damario Armstrong and Zach Theisen with 18 each.  Armstrong with 3 3s, Theisen with 4.  Theisen with 15 in the 1st half, Armstrong with 12 in the 2nd half.  John Bezdicek is a kid I love watching.  He finishes with 15 points.  Plays hard, always around the ball and makes plays.  Mar Mar Hughes adds 13.  Osseo has a rivalry game with Park Center and a trip to Irondale next week.

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