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Champlin Park spoils Maple Grove's senior night with comeback win

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine , 02/27/19, 8:30PM CST


Bennett Otto and the Rebels pushed the contest into overtime and extended their winning streak over the Crimson to nine.

Champlin Park's Bennett Otto puts up the game-winning shot in overtime against Maple Grove Wednesday night. The Rebels prevailed 69-67 over the Crimson in Maple Grove. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Maple Grove’s six seniors were honored on the court before pre-game warmups Wednesday, recognizing their final regular season home game. While a few of them had a major impact on the game, it was a senior from Champlin Park that turned a special night into heartbreak for those six — and everyone wearing crimson and gold in the gym.

With less than 10 seconds remaining in overtime, following a missed Maple Grove shot, Champlin Park’s Bennett Otto brought the ball up the floor.

“I knew we were in the bonus, so I wanted to get something going to the basket,” Otto said.

Champlin Park's Alex John looks for help from an official on a loose ball against Maple Grove. John had nine points for the Rebels despite fouling out late in the second half. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First report

Champlin Park outlasted Maple Grove 69-67 in an overtime thriller Wednesday, as the Rebels went on the road to pick up their eighth win in a row.

With just under 10 seconds left in overtime and tied at 67, Rebels’ senior Bennet Otto got the ball in his hands and had a one-on-one matchup with a Crimson defender. Otto drove to his right and pulled up from about eight feet, creating just enough space to get a shot off. He buried the jumper to put the Rebels up two with 2.3 seconds left.

Otto finished the game by picking off the long-inbound pass attempt to secure the Rebels’ ninth straight win over the Crimson (19-6, 9-3).

Kato Seley helped send the game into the extra session after he got a layup late in regulation to tie the game at 58. The Rebels (20-5, 12-0) shut down the Crimson and didn’t let them get a shot off, forcing the game to an extra frame.

Otto led the Rebels with 19 points and added four steals on the defensive end. Francis Nwaokorie came off the bench to score 17 points and pull down six rebounds.

The Crimson got solid contributions from three of their guards. Jared Rainey (19 points), Nate Adams (18) and Kyle Dreyer (17) combined to score 54 of the Crimson’s 67 points.  

Maple Grove's Jared Rainey looks for a path to the basket against the Champlin Park defense Wednesday night. Rainey had 19 points for the Crimson in their 69-67 overtime loss to the Rebels. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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