Published On: Thu, Mar 2nd, 2017

Osmond season comes to an end

LAUREL — The Osmond High School boys’ basketball team ended its season Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, with a tough loss against Randolph in SubDistrict tournament action.

Both teams played great defense throughout the game, making each other convert difficult shots on the offensive end.

The Tigers led by five at the end of the first quarter and were about to go into halftime with the lead until Randolph’s Merrix Denn knocked down a three-pointer moments before the buzzer sounded to give the Cardinals the 28-27 halftime lead.

“I was comfortable with how we played in the first half, forcing the tempo and getting good looks in transition as well as in our half-court offense,” said Coach Todd Schulze.

The second half would prove to be played at a much slower pace, with each team scoring seven points in the third quarter, capped off at the buzzer by another Denn three-pointer. The two teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter with each team having to grind out offensive possessions. The Tigers attempted an out-of-bounds play with eight seconds left, but missed their three-point shot, falling to the Cardinals 45-42.

“For me, this season-ending loss stung more than they have in the past,” commented Coach Schulze. “Calling that timeout with :08 left on the clock and watching Alex Kumm bury the game-tying three-point shot shortly after the official blew his whistle was tough for me and our team to handle. The season certainly didn’t end the way the Tigers would have hoped but it is still one they can be proud of.”

The Osmond basketball program says goodbye to seniors Blake Aschoff, Brock Johnson, Bryan Manzer, Cole Moes, Brett Simmons, Kyle Swallow, Tucker Timmerman and Tyler von Rentzell.

“The last four years with these guys have been an absolute blast. I thank those guys for all the positive contributions they have made to our school and basketball program during the last four years,” added Todd Schulze.

Osmond 13 14 7 8 = 42

Randolph 8 20 7 10 = 45

BOX SCORE

FG FT Reb. Pts.

Moes 2-13 1-2 8 5

K Timmerman 4-6 3-3 6 12

Johnson 7-13 0-0 5 17

Kumm 0-1 1-2 7 1

T Timmerman 3-6 1-5 5 7

Osmond 16-39 6-12 31 42

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