Osseo to host Crimson in basketball doubleheader

By Bob San

Sun Press Newspapers

Osseo High will host Maple Grove in the popular basketball doubleheader Friday, Feb. 24. The girls’ game start at 5:30 to be followed immediately by the boys’ game.

Boys

John Bezdizek of the Orioles tried to tie the game with this last-second three over Maple Grove’s Tywhon Pickford in the last Osseo-Maple Grove game. (File photos by Rich Moll—richmollphotography.com)
John Bezdizek of the Orioles tried to tie the game with this last-second three over Maple Grove’s Tywhon Pickford in the last Osseo-Maple Grove game. (File photos by Rich Moll—richmollphotography.com)

The Orioles will be seeking the victory that narrowly escaped them when they last visited No. 2 Maple Grove Jan. 20. The Orioles were in it all the way and had a chance to tie the game with seconds left on a three-point shot. The Crimson escaped with a 72-68 win.

It will be a battle of two red-hot teams. The Orioles (16-6) are 7-1 in the next eight games with the only loss to No. 10 Armstrong. Zach Theisen’s 25 points per game paces Osseo but the Orioles are very balanced with strong play from John and Matt Bezdicek, Mar Hughes, Maurice Nelson, Alex Sinnen and Emmette Paige Jr.

The Crimson have gone 9-1 since that Osseo game to improve to 20-2. The only loss was by 10 points to No. 1 Champlin Park. Brad Davison, who exploded for 43 points in last week’s win over Cooper, leads with 26.2 points per game. Tywhon Pickford averages 21 points per game and Jack Hutchison, Bubba Horton, Ryan Brendensteiner and Gare Ewefada also contribute.

Osseo’s Mikayla Homola shot over Maple Grove’s Abbey Rostamo (22) and Sarah Liimatta (30) in the last game. Homola torched the Crimson with a career-high 33 points. (File photos by Rich Moll—richmollphotography.com)
Osseo’s Mikayla Homola shot over Maple Grove’s Abbey Rostamo (22) and Sarah Liimatta (30) in the last game. Homola torched the Crimson with a career-high 33 points. (File photos by Rich Moll—richmollphotography.com)

Girls

The girls’ game features two teams trying to get back on track. The Orioles enjoyed their best three-game stretch this season with wins over Bloomington Jefferson, Totino Grace and Maple Grove, Their 66-46 win over Maple Grove on the Crimson’s home court was the high point. Since then they have gone 1-7. Seniors Mikayla Homola, Azaria Reed and Mina Porte lead Osseo.

The Crimson girls will seek revenge for the home loss to the Orioles last month. They have gone 3-5 since that game. Katrina Theis (12 points and 8 rebounds per game) and Autumn Mlinar (12 points and 5 rebounds) are their top performers.