By Bob San
Sun Press Newspapers
When Maple Grove freshman point guard Brad Davison released the three-point jumper late in the game at Osseo last Friday night, he could think of only one thing.
“As soon as I shot it I knew it was going in,” Davison said.
Davison was right. His three from the top of the key swished through with .05 second left to play, turning a 62-64 deficit into a dramatic 65-64 upset win against the third-ranked Orioles.
Osseo had taken a 64-62 lead with 12.1 seconds left to play. In the timeout, Maple Grove coach Nick Schroeder called for Davison to either work a pick-and-roll with center Reed Nikko or take the final shot.
As Davison dribbled seconds off the clock, he was convinced the best option was for him to either drive to the hoop or take a jumper.
“Once the clock clicked down to about 5 seconds, I thought the best chance was for me to take the shot,” he said.
Davison, displaying the composure and shrewdness of a seasoned veteran, made a fake drive move and the Osseo defender backed up couple steps, creating just enough room for Davison to take a jump shot. He took a step back beyond the three-point arc and launched the game-winning shot.
“My first goal was to drive to the rim to may be draw a foul,” Davison recalled. “When he went with the drive fake, that gave me the open three.”
Davison’s game-winning jumper snapped Osseo’s 41-game home winning streak and gave the Crimson a rare win over their district rival in boys’ basketball. Oriole coach Tim Theisen said his team had not lost to Maple Grove in five seasons and no one could recall the last time the Crimson won on Osseo’s home court.
For Davison, hitting the game winning shot against Osseo was like a childhood dream come true. His older sisters Steph and Angie both played basketball for Maple Grove so he knows the rivalry well.
“I have played Osseo in the backyard multiple times when I was younger,” Davison said. “I watched my sisters play for six years so I have always wanted to get my shot against Osseo.”
Last Friday, Davison got his shot and he didn’t miss.
“I have hit some buzzer beaters before in traveling ball,” Davison said. “But nothing as big as this.”
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