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Osseo tops Maple Grove

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 02/02/22, 5:45PM CST


The Orioles used a dominant first half to eventually hold off the Crimson from a comeback.

The Orioles' Blessed Barhayiga goes up for a layup in the first half Wednesday night. Barhayiga had 15 points on the night as the Oriole’s defeat conference rival Crimson 55-43. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Playing their rival on a chilly Wednesday night, the Maple Grove students filled their section to the brim. It was a group that was excited and primed to see their Crimson upset Osseo.

However, the Maple Grove students could barely get on their feet for the start of the game before the Orioles had jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

That early Osseo outburst was just the start of a dominant defensive showing put on by Osseo. That made all the difference as Osseo won 55-43.

The Orioles (13-5, 9-2) got off to their quick start thanks in part to their defense. Two of Osseo’s first three baskets came on layups shortly after Maple Grove turnovers.

Tyirece Waits (2) of Osseo tallied 14 points Wednesday night as the Orioles beat the Crimson at Maple Grove high school 55-43. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First Report

Osseo jumped out to a 10-0 lead to open Wednesday’s rivalry game against Maple Grove and never looked back as the Orioles defeated the Crimson 55-43 at Maple Grove High School.

Osseo, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, did its damage early through defense. Four of the Orioles’ first six points came directly off turnovers. Osseo went on to force 13 turnovers in the win.

Senior guard Tyrece Waits took advantage of Maple Grove’s early struggles. Waits led all scorers with 10 first-half points and finished with 14. 

In the paint, senior center Blessed Barhayiga was a force on both ends for Osseo (13-5, 9-2). He finished with a double-double, scoring a team-high 15 points along with 10 rebounds.

Besides Barhayiga and Waits, Benard Omooria contributed 12 points and was the third Oriole in double figures on Wednesday. 

After falling behind early, Maple Grove (6-10, 6-4) struggled to erase that deficit. The Crimson finished the first half with 16 points coming on five made baskets. 

In the second half, Maple Grove played much closer to its rival and nearly doubled its first half point production. Crimson junior guard Raoul Vaidya was the lone Maple Grove player in double figures with 11.

The Crimson’s Raoul Vaidya drives to the basket in the second half. Vaidya had 11 points Wednesday night in the Crimson’s 55-43 loss to the Oriole’s. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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