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Cretin-Derham Hall starts strong with defense in 70-48 win over Wayzata

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 03/21/18, 11:15AM CDT


The Raiders, mindful of the Trojans' outside shooting, were led by Daniel Oturu's eight blocked shots, nine rebounds and 24 points.

Cretin-Derham Hall's Daniel Oturu went up for a dunk against Wayzata in the Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday at Target Center. PHOTO: ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@startribune.com

It took less than a minute for Cretin-Derham Hall, a team known for offense and above-the-rim flair, to make a defensive statement in its 70-48 victory over Wayzata in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Trojans’ guard Drew Galinson drove down the lane and looked to have an open layup. But Galinson had strayed into dangerous territory. The ball had barely left his hand when Daniel Oturu, Cretin-Derham Hall’s 6-10 force of nature, extended an arm and smacked the ball out of bounds.

“I just like to intimidate the paint,” Oturu said.

First report

Daniel Oturu scored 24 points and Sy Chatman added 22 as Cretin-Derham Hall breezed past Wayzata 70-48 in the opening quarterfinal game of the Class 4A state tournament at Target Center. 

The top-seeded Raiders closed the first half on a 12-3 run to open up a 40-22 halftime lead and were never threatened. Jacob Beeninga led Wayzata with 15 points. 

Check back later for more on the game.

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